Friday, March 13, 2015

"G" is for Gumball Machine

diy gumball machine kids craft

Time to raid the scrap wood pile again to make this simple gumball machine.  Now technically it's not a machine but more of a candy jar however it does make an easy craft for a kids birthday party and that is my goal here.
dollar store glass vase gumball machine

I used a dollar store glass vase and scrap wood painted bright red to make the gumball machine.

diy gumball machine scrap wood

So colorful, so fun and it's candy!

How to make a gumball machine:

  • small glass vase
  • 1x4 scrap cut @ 3 1/2"l
  • 4x4 scrap cut @ 3 1/2"l
  • 3" flat circle wood shape
  • 1 1/2" wood dowel cit @ 1/2"thick
  • 1" wood ball with flat side
  • 2" hole saw bit
  • wood glue
  • 1 1/2" finish nails
how to make a wood gumball machine

Step 1: Cut a 2" hole in the center of the 1x4 square piece.  This is where the glass vase will rest so be sure to check your vase to ensure a proper fit.

how to make a wood gumball machine

I used a 2" hole saw bit pictured above to make the hole.

how to make a gumball machine

Step 2: Attach the 1x4 to the 4x4 block using wood glue and finish nails.  Apply putty over nail holes then sand smooth.  Set aside.

wood gumball machine lid

Step 3: Make the lid by sandwiching the 1" wood ball, the 3" wood circle and the 1 1/2" wood dowel together using glue and a finish nail up through the center.  Spray paint everything the red gloss.
diy wood gumball machine top

diy wood gumball machine assembly

Step 4: To secure the glass vase to the wood base apply E6000 around the edge of the hole then place vase in position.  Fill with gumballs and insert lid.

diy gumball machine
We assembled these at my daughter's Willy Wonka birthday party, it made a fun craft and party favor for the girls!

I'm linking up to:

Sand and Sisal
The 36th Avenue
Creative Collection @ Lolly Jane

Nifty Thrity Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
Inspiration Exchange @ City Farmhouse
SAS @ Funky Junk
That DIY Party @ The DIY Showoff
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Pretty Things Thursday @ Scissors & Spatulas
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
SAS @ Just a Girl
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming

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