Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Make-it Monday: Gumball machine candy jar

*Disclaimer: Please forgive the horrible picture quality. I really do have a decent camera, but the colors in my house are awful for pictures. And, I took this picture so late last night - it was late, bad lighting, unsteady camera hand . . . - and well, this is the best I could get.

*Disclaimer #2: I know it's not Monday, but I was ready to post yesterday- school work just got in the way.

I saw this darling candy jar on another blog (forgive me whoever you are, I can't remember) and just HAD to try it.

$1 terra cotta pot
$1 terra cotta drip tray
$1 round glass jar
a 1 1/2 inch wooden knob
some black acrylic paint (this is a metallic paint, very cool, nice and shiny, but requires 2 or more coats where the original covers completely with just one coat) and foam paint brush
Gorrilla brand super glue
ribbon to match the current holiday/season

Just paint the pot (don't have to paint the inside), the lid (paint both top and bottom), and the wooden knob. Dry completely, then glue the glass jar to the upside down pot and the knob to the upside down drip tray. Fill with candy, tie a festive ribbon, and there you have your gumball machine.

Isn't it cute? I'm going to switch the ribbon every holiday and season, and keep it filled with colorful candy. We had candy corn for Halloween, I've switched to fall colored M&Ms (cause the kids ate all the candy corn), and then there will be plenty of red and green candies for Christmas. But can you imagine gummy hearts for Halloween, chocolate coins for St. Patrick's Day, red and blue jelly beans for the 4th of July . . . ooh, I just get carried away.

I need to find where to get cheap gumballs. They'd look so fun for summer.


  1. I really like this! It's super cute. I might have to make this. Too bad there isn't healthy treats you can put inside that won't go bad.

  2. Oh, actually, I guess I could put nuts in them. Hmmm....

  3. Jenni, we're making them for RS class next week if you want to come. Or you could come over any time and make one. They're $4, and I'll be picking up all the supplies next Wed.