Stocking Stuffers with Wrigley’s Extra Gum {Free Printable Download}

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DIY Gum Ornaments with Wrigley's Extra Gum

This is going to be Raileigh’s sixth Christmas.  Sixth.  Someone want to come over here and tell me where the time has gone?  It’s a big mixture of emotions for me– sadness as I watch my baby becoming a young lady and happiness as I watch her personality and interests develop on a daily basis. She’s got such a big heart, which has translated to wanting to buy gifts for absolutely everyone this year.  In fact, she told me that she wants to invite every kid she can find over to our house and give them all a gift.  And knowing her… she’d find a whole lot of kids.

She also has plans to gift any neighbor we’ve ever met, the lady who delivers our mail, and a very long list of people that she only interacts with occasionally with gifts as well.  I don’t want to crush her giving spirit, so I’ve tried to come up with small stocking stuffers that serve as a means for her to show these people she cares.

Wrigley's Extra Gum

Instantly, my mind went to gum.  It’s relatively inexpensive and literally almost everyone I know enjoys chewing it.  So, we picked up an ample supply of Wrigley’s Extra Gum at Walmart and began making a {very long} list of all the people Raileigh wanted to give it to.

However, who wants to just hand someone a pack of gum?  Sure, gum is definitely awesome, but I felt like it needed something a little… more. I decided to make the gum more than just gum.

We turned each gum package into a Christmas Ornament.  I made several cute printables that are designed to wrap around the gum package.  They represent several icons of the season– a snowman, a reindeer, and a cute little penguin.  By adding some ribbon to the top, we instantly had an adorable ornament.  It can be displayed through the holidays, then unwrapped and enjoy once they’re over.

Wrigley's Extra Gum Ornaments

Want to #GiveExtraGum? Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Wrigley’s Extra Gum– 1 package per gift that you’re making
  • Gum Wrapper Printable {FREE Download}
  • Double-Sided Tape
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue Sticks
  • Ribbon

Start by printing your gum wrappers.  There is one of each character on the page.  You’ll notice that two of the characters have little extras.  The penguin has some feet you can add and there are antlers for the reindeer.  I printed my wrappers on textured cardstock.  The cardstock makes them thicker and sturdier, while the texture adds a bit of dimension.

Penguin Ornament Made from Pack of Gum

Once your wrappers are printed, carefully cut them out.  For the intricate areas of the antlers, you may need some fine-point scissors, such as embroidery scissors. Now it’s time to create the ornaments.  Take a wrapper and carefully wrap it around a package of gum, making sure to center to the face of the character on the front of the package.

The edges will overlap in the back, and you can secure in place using double-sided tape.  To add the antlers to the reindeer and the feet to the penguin, I used hot glue.

DIY Gum Ornaments Collage

To create the hanging portion of the ornament, I used ribbon.  There are two separate pieces– the loop and the bow.  First, I knotted a loop, trimming the ends of the ribbon close to the knot.  I placed a small dot of hot glue on the top of the gum package and in the center.  I secured the knot to this.

I then made a small bow, added another small dot of hot glue in front of the knot, and placed it there.  The knotted loop allows for easy hanging and the bow strategically covers up the knot. That’s it.  In just a few minutes, you have created cute and adorable Gum Ornaments!

DIY Ornaments Wrigley's Extra Gum

These darling little gifts make great stocking stuffers and are the perfect little gifts for bus drivers, neighbors, classmates and more.  Since they serve as ornaments during the holidays and a fun treat to chew afterwards, it’s like the gift that keeps on giving.

For more fun ideas and to learn more about Wrigley’s Extra Gum, I invite you to connect with them on Facebook.

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