Build Your Own Gumball Machine – #TBCCrafters (03/14/2013) 5


I got this idea online and thought it would be fun to make and have around the home.  I made few changes to what was shown there.  I love making things from simple stuff that look like they took forever (even though they didn’t ha/ha) and being able to have something around the house that looks great and people love.  This one was really easy and the hardest part was really just waiting for the paint to dry!! Enjoy!!

Gumball Machine Candy Dish

Materials Needed:
  • (1) Clay Pot (I used one that was about 4″x4.5″)
  • (2) Clay Saucers (sized to match pot above)
  • Glass bowl (got mine at Dollar Tree for $1)
  • Wooden Ball with flat bottom
  • Glue (I used Gorilla Glue) & brush for applying
  • Spray Paint (Color of your choice)
  • Gumballs or Candy
  • & Time!!


Begin by taking your pot, saucers and wooden ball outside to a well ventilated area.  Lay down some newspaper or painter’s tarp to catch any messes.  Using the spray paint color that you chose, spray the bottoms of the saucers, the pot and the ball.  Let dry.  When finished, flip the saucers and pot over and spray the rest (making sure to have painted all over.  Let that dry completely.  I let mine sit overnight to make sure it was all set prior to gluing it all together.

When all has dried, take it to wherever you plan on finishing your project.  Glue one of the saucers to the bottom of the pot.  Be sure it’s set before moving on.

Glue the painted wooden ball with the flat side at the bottom to the bottom of the other saucer.  Be sure to center it.  Be sure it’s set before moving on.

Now, flip over the pot that you glued the one saucer to.  Glue the glass bowl to the saucer attached to the pot.  Be sure it’s set before moving on.

Next, I printed out a graphic on a sticker paper to look like the spot where you usually insert your money and turn the crank.  Print this and attach to wherever you wish.
Now put whatever you wish to serve from the bowl inside (I chose candy), but I sure wish I had some gumballs laying around!!  Place somewhere in your home that you will enjoy it each and every day!!

The idea was found at “My So Called Balanced Life” blog.  All pictures and text are my own and have not been copied in any way.  I, Jamie Tomkins, own and operate Tiger Strypes Blog located at From time to time you’ll hear about my real life experiences or creations with products and/or services from companies and individuals. Let it be known that I have no affiliation with these said companies, and have not received compensation for reviewing or using their service/product. The information that I give regarding the product/service is based off my own personal experience, I do not guarantee that your experience will be the same.
Do you have a Thrilling Thursday craft to add? Add a link to your blog post in the linky below after you’ve left a comment on this post and add this button to your blog post!”” target=”_blank”>“/>

Notify of
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Tonya Staab
11 years ago

Brilliant. My kids would LOVE this.

Rebecca E. Parsons/Cre8Tiva

love it…the idea of printing out a design you don’t have is wondrous!!

11 years ago

This is very pretty and absolutely personalized.

11 years ago

My husband would love this on his desk!

Rose Powell
11 years ago

I love this “gumball” machine, you’re so crafty, because I love using print outs to add to my projects!!!!