My Father’s Day gift to my dad this year was a homemade desktop gumball machine (candy dish, my dad doesn’t chew gum). My dad has a vintage gumball machine at his house that the grandkids love to ask for a quarter for and then get Trix Cereal out of (hehe). I decided to make him his own to take to work for his candy cravings. He doesn’t chew gum, but he loves jelly bellies so although I’m calling this project the Desktop Gumball Machine, really it is just a candy dish that is made to look like a gumball machine.
Here’s what I did:
I used a small terra cotta pot, glass candy dish, and a wooden knob as my materials. I painted my terra cotta pot black. Classic gumball machines are red, but at the request of my mother I did a “vintage” look and went black.
Using E-6000 (a permanent epoxy glue that dries clear), I secured the glass bowl to the bottom of the terra cotta pot (leaving the glass bowl opening on top). Then, I glued the wooden knob to the bottom of the pot base- creating a lid with a pull knob.