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DIY Princess Gumball Machine



I originally planned on posting our DIY Princess Gumball Machine last week, but life got in the way along with a few other things. Don't you just love it when you take your kids shopping and they want everything that they see? That's the story of my life! I have a 4yr old who watches more YouTube Kids videos than she should, a lot more than she does TV. I thought that when I downloaded YouTube Kids it would be for educational videos, and that would save me from the "oooh I want that" from those enticing commercials that they show for kids, really aimed at the parents wallet. Well, those videos are just as bad. Recently we went into Home Goods to get supplies for my spring table and she saw a gumball machine that she just had to have. To prevent a meltdown in the store, I told her that I'll make her one, and she gave me that look. You know the look a kid gives you when you tell them the impossible, like "mom, you know you can't make that!” So I had to prove her wrong. I had seen a few videos on YouTube and they all did it the same way, you know, the making of a gumball machine red because it's just supposed to be red. Well, I'm different and I like to stand out, after all, who says your gumball machine has to be red?  So I decided we were going to make a Princess Gumball Machine, and if I can do it, you can do it too!

Project time: 2hrs including drying

DIY Princess Gumball Material
Materials Needed:

1 - 4" Terracotta Clay Pot
2 - 6" Terracotta Saucers
1 - 4" Terracotta Saucers
Paint color of your choice
1 Decorative Drawer Knob
1 Wingnut
1 Fishbowl or Round Vase (make sure the bigger saucers will cover it)
Glue/Glue Gun (we used E6000)

*I purchased everything that I needed at my local Lowes except for the vase*


Directions:

*Note* When spraying make sure you're in a ventilated area. I did mine outdoors and laid old paper to protect my deck and house.

Step 1: Start by painting your terracotta clay pot in your desired main color. Madison loves pink so we decided to paint her pot pink. This is the main body of your gumball machine. Most people paint theirs red, but since we were also going for a princess theme, pink was our color choice.


Step 2: Next get one of your 6" terracotta saucer and the 4" saucer and also paint them in your primary color.


Step 3: Your remaining 6" terracotta saucer you're going to paint in your secondary color. If you prefer, you can also paint them all in one color, but I personally loved the color combo.


* Place all your painted pieces in the sun and let dry. Since I used a spray paint and the sun was shining down that day, I left them out for about an hour, although they were done after about 30 minutes. I also did another coat of paint to cover up the bare spots that I could see.

Step 4: Attach some glue to the base of your terracotta clay pot and place your 6" saucer painted in the secondary color on top of the base. If you decided that you want to make it look more like a real gumball machine you can skip that and attach your vase or fish bowl onto the terracotta pot. We placed the saucer for more stability, and because it looked "cute".


Step 5: Next glue your fish bowl or vase to your saucer which you just recently glued on to your terracotta pot. If you forgo that step, then you would glue it onto your terracot pot instead.


Step: 6: Glue your smaller 4" terracotta saucer onto your 6" saucer as shown below. This is your cover for your gumball machine and the smaller cover help it stay in place a lot better once you place it onto your bowl/vase.


Step 7: Now it's time to put on your wingnut, drawer knob and any other decorative pieces that you want to attach to it. For this step I used my glue gun. For my "supposed" hole, I used a 1" circle punch on white card-stock paper and attached the circle to the front of the gumball machine. To cover the hole of the wingnut, I added a gem to give it that extra "princessy" touch. I also had some gem mesh, decorative ribbon that I also used to wrap around my machine. I also did this to the top of the cover after attaching my drawer knob.


Now all you have to do is add your gumballs and you're good to go. This was a rather fun project to do and Madison now has a Princess Gumball Machine like no other. While I'm all for spending the money, it was rather fun spending time together and she enjoyed doing the little things, like punching the hole and even adding the drawer knob to the top of the cover. Would I do something like this again? You bet I would.


Let's discuss: What was the last thing you made with your own kids? 

Annmarie John
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  1. Looks like a fabulous project! I wasn't planning on making any gumball machines before reading this post but after reading through your steps I realized that it's pretty doable. I want to make it!

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    1. Oh yes it is more than doable. It looks more complicated than it really is.

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  2. That is a very cute idea for little girls. I am sure my nieces will love it once they are older and allowed to have gum.

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    1. And maybe Auntie Robin may help to make it with them.

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  3. This is such an awesome idea! Me and my little one are going to have such a blast doing this.

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    1. I can just see you doing it. Please share yours once it's done.

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  4. You Princess Gumball Machine turned out great!! I love the pink and blue colors together and it looks so adorable!

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    1. Thank you Jess, I wasn't entirely sure if it would but I rather like the way it turned out as well.

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  5. I love this. Scarlet wants this Shopkins gumball machine but it isn't even a real one! Granted she can't chew gum yet but it's nice to have as decoration!

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    1. Madison knows how to chew gum but she wanted one that cost quite a bit and one I knew she wasn't going to be interested in for long. She however likes this one because she helped making it.

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  6. This is more complicated compared to the recent crafts projects I have seen. I think kids will have fun with this one. Boys can come up with their own designs and colors.

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    1. Yes it is a little bit more complicated than the ones I've done in the past. Boys will have a blast doing their own as well. We know they don't want to be princesses. :)

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  7. This is too cute! I am bookmarking this so I can do it when I have children. :)

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    1. Well you don't have to wait until you have children, you can do it even now with nieces. :)

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  8. wow, you're so creative I would have never thought about doing soemthing like this. Great job.

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    1. Thank you and it really wasn't as difficult as you think it was.

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  9. The drawer knob is definitely a nice touch to the whole thing! Looove how cute it is, and can even be used for other treats like cookies!

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    1. Yes it can. You don't even have to use it for just gumballs. You can use it for whatever you like.

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  10. Adorable! I received one as a teacher gift. Loved it!

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    1. I'm sure you did. Don't you love when the kids give you gifts?

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  11. Oh my word. This is absolutely so darling. My little girls would love this and the colors you picked are gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you. I personally loved the pink and blue myself.

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  12. Cool! I want to try this. I like to test my skills in arts.

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    1. And you should! I think you might even do a better job than I did.

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  13. At first look, you wouldn't even think it was DIY and made out of pots! That's so brilliant! I never would have thought about doing this, at least not before seeing this one. I love the creativity and the colors are perfect for a little princess *wink*. It really is a fun bonding experience when you make this a family affair.

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth, it really was a great bonding experience for us. Although she gave directions instead of doing the work. :)

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  14. That looks better than any pinball machine you would get in the shops! Love the colours and you are so talented.

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    1. Thank you Ana and we had a great time doing it together.

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  15. Oh, you make this machine yourself! That's pretty interesting. Is it suitable for kids to do it hands-on themselves?

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    1. Yes we did it ourselves. Older kids will have no problems doing it themselves but younger kids will need help.

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  16. This is the cutest idea ever! It would be perfect for my daughter's birthday party as well.

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    1. You can always surprise her with one. I'm sure she'll enjoy it filled with her latest toys. :)

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  17. What a creative project. Think this would be a great project to have at a birthday party.

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    1. While you might think so, it will take quite some time and with the paint fumes you might not really want to.

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  18. I like the pink and light blue combination. They look cute and...gummy! Kids would truly love this. I even love going back to the candies' section in hotel buffets and love to get some gums from those gumball machines. Good work!

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    1. Thank you Claire. I wasn't sure how the pink and blue would have turned out together and was more than prepared to do it entirely in pink if need be. I'm glad it turned out well.

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  19. It looks easy to follow. They also selected the perfect bubble gum colors for the machine.

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    1. It was all the bubble gum that we could find lol. I actually had a difficult time finding bubble gum for some reason, but you can always add whatever you want to.

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  20. OMG This gumball machine is so cute! Seriously I want to make this for myself! haha Great post xx felinebykatsaris.com

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    1. Thank you Michele. I'm happy you liked it.

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  21. Interesting! I totally get it when you say 'to prevent a meltdown at the store'.... Its really difficult coz usually everything in the store is so interesting for the kids!!

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    1. It truly is. I remember once going in to Walmart and have you noticed that stores put the most tantalizing things within eye level of the kids? Well she wanted some new Shopkins and almost had a heart attack because I said she couldn't have any more. :)

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  22. this is sooo lovely!!!! This would be nice to keep the little ones entertained and impressed for a very long time!

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    1. Fill it with some toys and you're good to go!

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  23. What an amazing idea! I could never think of anything like this. This would be a great gift to kids.

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    1. And because you did it yourself, you can design it however you want to.

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  24. This is such a cool weekend project for parents and children to diy something that they love and will use it.

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    1. Yes it is a great weekend project for both parents and children to enjoy together.

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  25. Sincerely speaking this is awesome. I really like the combination of pink and blue

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    1. Thank you. I didn't think it would have turned out as great as it did but I'm happy it did.

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  26. I've never thought of designing our own gumball machine. This will be a nice little DIY project to do with kids this summer. Having to draw cute characters would be fun!

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    1. Yes you can certainly design it however you like. I can totally see it with some cute characters all over it. That would be awesome!

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  27. This gumball machine is absolutely adorable! Would love to do this for my daughter someday in the future! :)

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    1. And I think you should Jason. It will be a good bonding experience and something she can say "daddy and I did this together".

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  28. Thank you very much for sharing this. A good idea for my daughter this vacation. Love it!

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    1. Thank you Ron and I hope you're able to do it together.

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  29. this is great. one of my friends has a little girl who would love this. maybe her mom and i can make this together.

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    1. I think you should include her as well. She'll have fun adding her own personal touch.

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  30. Lol @parents wallet - that's the drill of such commercials. The simplicity of the gumball is quite commendable and having the flair to create individual designs makes it awesome!

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    1. Oh boy, you have no idea. These commercials are so tempting that as soon as the kids see one, it's "Oh I want that". I've heard it quite often myself. I'm glad you like our gumball machine. We had fun making it.

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  31. Oh man this turned out so nice! I love that you picked pink and blue. The decorative knob really did it for me! Love it!

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    1. Thank you Marielle. I was a bit unsure whether it would look great with a different color than red, since most of the gumball machines I've seen have been red.

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  32. I think the gumball machine is prettier in pink than it would be in red. You did a great job!

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    1. Thank you Rosey. I personally think so myself too.

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  33. This is so cute and creative!! Thank you for sharing your how-to. I'm not a mom yet but this is definitely something I could see being a really cute project to make for my littles.

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    1. You're very welcome Rebecca and you can even do it by yourself.

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  34. Omg how cute is this gumball machine?!?! Pink and rhinestone totally sell me on creating one with my daughter! We just love to craft!

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    1. I can totally see you doing this with her and maybe even glam it up a little bit more.

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  35. I love this! I think I'll go and make one with Gabby. The last thing we did together was a Robot for her class =)

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    1. Oh I'm sure that was good as well but I think you and Gabby should totally do this, although you may want to do this with the paint brush instead of the spray can if you do it indoors.

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  36. I actually saw the photo you shared on social media when you completed this. I fell in love with it and think you did a great job. For some reason, I have always really liked gumball machines.

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    1. Thank you Maria. I am thinking of doing another with the boys. Since you also have boys, you might want to do one with them this summer. :)

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  37. This is so cute! I used to have one of these and literally use it all the time:)

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    1. The good thing about this is that you can use it to store anything.

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  38. Did I tell you that #Bloggersrock? Oh yes they do..what a superb idea

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    1. Thank you and I hope you'll be able to make one yourself.

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  39. How adorable is this gumball machine. How creative, great job. You coulkd never go wrong with pink.

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    1. Thank you and I have to agree with you. You really can't go wrong with pink. :)

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  40. This is absolute adorable and so creative! I just love your ideas.

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