Christmas Faux Gumball Machine

gumball machine feature


Talk about an easy craft…this faux gumball machine is it!  I can think of a lot of ways to use it.  The undecorated  version of this would make a good seller at a Holiday Bazaar because the supplies are so inexpensive that you could sell them very reasonable. Then folks could fill them with their own candy or decorations. The supplies were so easy to assemble.



I got a flower pot from Goodwill,  the flower vase from Dollar Tree, a jar lid and a wood ball with a flat bottom.



First, paint the pieces.  I like spray paint best but acrylic paint works just fine also.


Next glue the pieces together with hot glue or E6000.  There is no need to glue the lid to the glass bowl so you can lift to fill the bowl.


I found a real gumball machine on the internet and printed out a copy of the coin slot for my faux machine. (It is a free printable below if you want to make one of your own.)   So many ideas popped in my head how this cutie could be used for Christmas.  I put jingle bells for this photo, isn’t it cute?

I wanted to take a photo of it filled to the top with Skittles, but I couldn’t tempt myself because I can eat a whole bag of those in one sitting!  LOL  Of course peppermints would be adorable or Christmas red and green M&M’s.



I have a drawer of vintage German Die Cuts that I purchased in years past.  I was so happy that I had a die cut tree and a cute little Santa that worked perfectly in the bowl to make this a little Christmas Diorama.  With a little glitter to represent snow and some pretty red braid to finish where the bowl  bottom meets. I put some Stickles glitter glue around the coin slot for a finishing touch…I think this faux candy machine is ready for Christmas!

Click and print:

gumball coin plaque

german scrap pdf

A Sweet Christmas Idea!


Author: Patty Thurlby

I am a full time artist with a whimsical point of view!

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