February 1, 2011

DIY: Gumball Machine Candy Jar

When I saw this idea on the I Heart Naptime blog I couldn't wait to try it. I wanted to do it in a color that I could use for multiple holidays, but my obsession with red & turquoise won out. I still think it can work for a lot of things though, especially if I switch the ribbon out. It is very simple and cheap to make...here's how you can make one too!
I picked up all of my supplies at Hobby Lobby. This is what you need:
  • clay pot
  • base to clay pot - (Not the same size as the pot. This needs to be the right size so that it will sit on top of the fishbowl.)
  • fishbowl jar
  • paint color of your choice
  • foam brush
  • E6000 glue
  • wooden knob
  • ribbon of choice
  • glitter  & Elmer's glue (optional)
  • vinyl or stickers to embellish jar (optional)
1. Paint your pot, the lid, and the wooden knob. I did a couple of coats to get good solid coverage.
2. Once the pot is dry, turn it upside down and use E6000 to glue the fishbowl to the pot.
3. Use a dab of the E6000 to glue the knob to the bottom of the clay pot base.
4. Optional: I also glittered the lid. To do this, just spread Elmer's glue on the inner part of the lid and cover with glitter.
4. Allow a few hours for the items to dry completely, then tie on the ribbon of your choice. You can also cut out a fun phrase with vinyl using your Cricut or stickers would also work if you'd like to embellish the jar.
5. Fill the jar with candy and top with the lid...that's it!
Wouldn't these also be fun to make for a birthday party or baby shower? Such fun decorations for very cheap!
sharing this at Today's Creative Blog


  1. girl these are adorable! i can see these at a first birthday candy table to hold the sweets, or as a center piece for a birthday party. you are right - it would make a great gift. i love it!

  2. Now these are cute! What a fun craft, thanks for sharing!

  3. oh i love this! how cute! i LOVE how you explain, you make it so simple and gives me confidence that i could do it myself, which i just might! :) thanks sarah!

  4. Oh my goodness! This is adorable. I am trying to think of 1st birthday ideas (for June) and this is going on my list of inspiration.
    Thanks for the explanation!

  5. How CUTE is that! You are too creative. Love this idea!

  6. I love it!!! And what perfect timing - I'm planning Cannon's 1st birthday party and I will just have to add this to my list to make - thanks so much for sharing! :)

  7. Oh wow! This is such a cute idea! I love it for kid's parties and baby showers! Thanks so much for sharing.


  8. Absolutely LOVE this! Can't wait to try it, thanks!

  9. I LOVE THIS!!!! =) Love the red and turquoise too.

  10. Such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing :-)

  11. Cute! The previous owner left tons of flower pots in the garage that I didn't know what to do with. I guess I know what to do with them now.

  12. You posted this a few days late!! :) I so should have done these for Zoey's party!!

  13. How cool! I should do this for Dustyn's party.

  14. This is adorable! Would be so cute for a baby shower. Wish I had one coming up!

  15. I saw this on I Heart Naptime too. Shhhhh, I like yours better. I love the colors! So fun! I'm your newest fan!
    Scissors and Spatulas

  16. Love this Sarah, so cute! Cooper's birthday is going to be red and teal (uh, yeah, it's already decided, haha) and how fun would it b eto incorporate this?!

  17. This is freakin adorable! Lovely idea!

  18. So cute. Were doing my daughter's 3rd birthday a Sweet Shoppe theme & this would be so cute for it!

  19. Love this! and LOVE LOVE LOVE the new look!

  20. Your crafts are absolutely amazing. I will defiantly be trying this one and the Apothecary jars for christmas. Thank you so much for sharing. I would have never have even thought to come up with these brilliant crafts. xo

  21. Hi, I know this is an old post, but I was wondering if you knew what size pot, bowl, and saucer you used? I would like to make these for a wedding centerpiece, and the 8 inch bowl and 8" pot look great together, but i'm having a hard time figuring out size of the saucer. Thanks! alexisrclark@gmail.com

    1. Unfortunately I don't know! This is still packed up from when we moved so I'm not able to measure it. I'm so sorry I'm not more help! When we move again (in several months) I can measure it, but I'm sure that won't be much help by then. So sorry!

    2. Also meant to add that I just took my bowl with me to the store and tried different lids (saucers) on it to see what looked best.

  22. Question is the lid going to crack the bowl because of the frequency of taking it on and off? Can I put hot glue inside the rim of the lid to prevent this?

  23. Hmm...I'm not real sure? I've never had any problems with mine, but it's
    definitely something you'd want to be gentle with. Sorry I'm not more
    help! Hot glue might be a good idea to try. :)


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