Desktop Gumball Machine

17 Jun

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.


 Here is the base as the lid-
I filled it with Jelly Bellies rather than gumballs, to fit the cravings of the recipient. I added a vinyl image of the hardware that comes with gumball machines and called it a success!
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What are your thoughts on a black gumball machine vs. a classic red color?

25 Responses to “Desktop Gumball Machine”

  1. Tricia June 18, 2012 at 11:53 am #

    Love it!!!!!! Such a cute idea! Pinning now! 🙂 Visiting from Serendipity and Spice.

    PS – I’m hosting a giveaway this week!:

  2. bj June 18, 2012 at 11:59 am #

    This is waaay too cute. Great idea.

  3. Etcetorize June 18, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

    So cute! Love this idea. I think I need one for my desk! Thanks so much for sharing at Etcetorize this week~

  4. Cassie {} June 18, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

    That is so cute! I found your blog via the Mom’s Mingle and am happy to be your newest follower! I would love for you to follow me back at 🙂

  5. Liz - Imageremix June 18, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

    Mandy, you are quite the clever one! How fun. I just love this as a candy dish. Really a doable and cute idea. I hope he loved it! Thanks for coming over to Quirky Vistas and leaving me a great comment about my second map project. You can get big maps at Barnes and Noble and sometimes Costco has them inexpensively too. I’m now following you. Hope you’ll come back by and visit again, and follow if you like!

  6. Erin June 19, 2012 at 1:57 am #

    This is wonderful! Excellent job!!!

  7. Becolorful June 19, 2012 at 5:00 am #

    This is so clever. He had to love it. Thanks for sharing this week on BeColorful.

  8. Steph @ Crafting in the Rain June 19, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    I think the black makes your jelly bean colors pop 🙂

  9. Vel Baricuatro-Criste, MD June 19, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

    Super cute idea! I love it! To think I had just bought one for $32! Should have read this before:-( thanks, I’m sure your dad ( and kids) love it!

  10. Lazy Linkies June 20, 2012 at 6:35 pm #

    Neat idea! Normally I like red but I think in this case black is a better choice. (Found you through the Sugar and Dots Party)

  11. Stephanie June 24, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

    So cute! I love it! I just pinned it! Gumball machines remind me of your mom and dad- they always have those vintage ones that I remember as a kid!

  12. macy June 24, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

    Thanks for linking up to last week’s Tuesday Confessional link party! You’ve been featured so stop by and grab a brag button!
    ~Macy @ Crafty Confessions

  13. sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. June 25, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

    That is seriously cute!

  14. Elise August 10, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    Whatever you made this! That turned out so good and I love the proportions. Nice work!

  15. Stefanie August 31, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    What did you use to make the Vinyl Hardware?

    • Mandy September 1, 2012 at 11:04 am #

      I took an image from a google search for “gumball machine” and then using the silhouette software, manipulated it to what I wanted 🙂

  16. jennifer October 26, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

    Where do you get a vinyl graphic of the gumball hardware? Very nice.

    • Mandy October 28, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

      I did a google search for one, then imported it to the Silhouette software and adjusted it to the look I wanted. If you are in search of one, I can check my archive, I might still have it and can email it to you. Are you a Silhouette user?

      • Emerald Sharp December 9, 2012 at 1:19 am #

        If you found the vinyl hardware file for silhouette users I would love it. I keep trying the trace feature and I just cant get the hang of it. Thanks in advance if you do email it. Love your Blog!

        • Mandy December 10, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

          I just sent you an email! 🙂 Let me know if it works for you. I have the silhouette file saved but I do not have the clip art itself saved so I really hope this works 🙂

  17. Myrna January 20, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

    Where did you get glass globes the right size and the vinyl hardware? Please email me this information. Thank you for your ideas.

    • Mandy January 22, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

      I bought both the glass bowl and pot at JoAnn’s so I was able to see right there in the same spot if it was the right size together. I made the vinyl hardware myself on my Silhouette.

  18. Jodi February 17, 2014 at 8:35 pm #

    Your candy dispenser is so cute. I’ve tried to find an image similar to yours to cut out on my silhouette, but I’m having no luck! I’m wondering if you might still have your image stored. If so would you mind emailing it to me? Thank you!

    • Mandy February 18, 2014 at 8:58 am #

      I do still have it actually! I will email it right now, thanks for asking! 🙂

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