All Aboard the “Chew Chew” Train! (Turn Gum into a Fun Christmas Craft)

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train and tree

I don’t know what it is about the holidays, but they really bring out the crafty side of me. I’m not joking, my glue gun sees 90 percent of its action in the month of December. My most recent creative streak came to life with a little help from Wrigley’s Extra Gum.

During a trip to Walmart, I picked up several packs of Wrigley’s Extra Gum (the ones with 15 sticks in each pack) in three different sugar free flavors – Polar Ice, Peppermint, and Spearmint. My goal was to transform each from a regular old pack of gum into a fun and festive Christmas keepsake.

But what would I create? A stocking stuffer? (Tempting, but no.) A Christmas tree ornament? (Nah, we’ve got enough of those.) A wreath? (The neighbor kids would eat it within a week.) And then it struck me. My husband has been wanting one of those electric trains for underneath the Christmas tree, so I’d make him a temporary “chew chew” by whipping up a candy train made out of Wrigley’s Gum!

 

supplies

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • Five packs of Wrigley’s Extra Gum (single packs of 15 sticks each)
  • Peppermint wheels
  • Five caramel squares
  • A glue gun
  • Assorted candy to put on top of your Wrigley’s train cars

Break out the glue gun, because the first step will be gluing your peppermint wheels to your train cars.

glue

After that, you’ll need to use a tiny dab of glue to create the caramel square engine car. You’ll also need a wee bit of glue to hold the candy cargo on each train car. (But only use a tiny bit, because you still want the candy to be easily removable.)

train side

And that’s it! It’s not the electric train set my husband was hoping for, but it sure tastes a lot better. For more info about Wrigley’s Extra Gum, visit them on their website or follow them on Facebook!

train head on 2

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Comments

  1. Oh my gosh this is so cute!

  2. G.s. Marjara says:

    Ahha, This is so exiting. My taste buds are sensitive to this article.

  3. Oh my word, that is seriously the cutest candy train ever!

  4. Oh my that is SO creative. A fantastic idea!

  5. This looks so cute! You are indeed very crafty :) pinning :)

  6. I’m way impressed with your Christmas tree photo! I can never get my lights to look so awesome in the background! ;) I actually have an Extra post going up today as well! <3

  7. This is such a clever, cute and easy to do craft for the kids.

  8. That is the coolest Train I’ve seen yet! lol. that is so creative and a definitely must make!

  9. I love this train! I don’t think it would stay put together long bc we would eat it :)

  10. That is absolutely adorable and the kids would get a real kick out of it!

  11. Way 2 go with the creativity – so adorable!!

  12. Wow you are very creative!!! Love it

  13. High temp or low temp glue gun? I would think the high temp would melt the candy or the candy wrappers. Thanks!

  14. these are super cute! we used to make train engines from candy. i should do them with my kids for their little friends!!

  15. That is amazing! Wow, I had to look twice and then I realized it was made with Extra gum. How creative!

  16. My kids would so enjoy this. I’m sure it won’t be long before all the candy disappear though. This is so cool! I don’t have a glue gun but maybe regular glue might work because I so want to make this.

  17. I really love the title of this and the whole idea! Chew chew train! Fantastic!

  18. I am so making this with my kids!

  19. These would make great little stocking stuffers or party favors! How creative.

  20. such a cute and neat gift idea or even just use for decor

  21. What a cute idea!!!!

  22. adorable! :D

  23. this idea is super cool!!! will definitely use it!!!

  24. This is adorable and will definitely be a hit with the kids. Adding these items to my shopping list when I head out to buy stocking stuffers.

  25. What a cool idea! If you used a stiff icing you could EAT everything later on! lol!! I’d be worried my DD2 would eat it glue and all!

  26. This is such a cute idea. I love the little train cars.

  27. I absolutely love this idea! We’ll have to make this over the holidays! Even my 14 year old son would have fun crafting this.

  28. OMG! How cleaver! My son has braces or else I would be all over this- maybe next year.

  29. Okay, that is the cutest thing I have seen… Love it and will have to try it. Thank you

  30. What a cute “chew chew!” You are so crafty,

  31. What a cute craft idea. This would make such a nice piece for a tablescape for a child’s party.

  32. Now that is absolutely adorable. What a sweeeet idea!

  33. This was a cute craft idea. I never thought about doing something like this at all.

  34. These are so cute! My three year old is absolutely crazy about gum right now, it might go great in his stocking.

  35. Super cute! We did these one year.

  36. What a cute little train and very creative!!

  37. I totally love this!

  38. This would be a really fun craft for our next playdate!

  39. I want a choo-choo chew-chew train just like that!!!

  40. That is soooo creative (and yummy looking) and I think I’ve said it before, but your photography is stunning, as well.

  41. This is an adorable idea for under the tree!

  42. that is SO adorable! My kids would love that

  43. OMGosh that’s AWESOME! What a cute idea!

  44. This is so clever. I think I will have to make something like this, tailored to my kids tastes.

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