Easy DIY Gumball Machine

Here’s a great DIY for the holidays. Head over to Dandelions & Dust Bunnies to see her handmade Gumball Machine. Created by using a dollar store glass bowl and terra cotta pot + a little spray paint. This would be great painted up in a fall or winter theme with coordinating candy inside!


  1. Hi my names macie and just wanted to ask a bit about this. Are the letters stickers? and are those jars a good price?

    • Hi Macie – Looks like this blogger used vinyl (probably cut from a Silhouette machine) but you should be able to find stickers to work. If you use stickers, just be sure to coat the finished product with mod podge or spray it with polyurethane so they don’t come off. The jars were found at Walmart, but I’ve seen similar ones at Hobby Lobby. You can click the blog link above for more details 🙂

      • Jars are at the DOLLAR STORE for a buck, terra cotta at Michaels for a BUCK and the little roud wooden ball also at michaels in a package of 2 for a Buck! Really cute and cheap to make- paint it red and have it look like a gumball maching and add just a doll stand pin also found at Michaels for less than a buck a pack and it will look like the hole the gum comes out of .. I am making 4 of them right now for teachers gifts and office girl gifts for school..

  2. How was the lid made on the black faux gumball machine above?

  3. Very cute! this would be great in hot pink for Valentines too!

    Team Craftwell


  4. What size pot and lid did you use?

  5. I am thinking this would be a nice Christmas gift for my friends I have a weekly dinner with….just need to find out their kitchen colors and use the saying Home “Sweet” Home….also thought it would be nice to use chalkboard paint so the sayings can be changed up by the owners.

  6. Your idea of chalk board paint is an awesome idea Cindy.

  7. Would make a great display for a marble collector!!

  8. Rachelle Esterly says:

    What is the lid made from?

  9. what do you use for the lid?

  10. This is nice!! Very creative~~

  11. Hi I love this! Wanna make some as gifts but can you tell me if the glass bowl was also glued on, didn’t say in the tutorial

    • The glue you can get at menards or any craft store its called e6000. I used acrylic paint instead of spray paint it dries very quickly.