How to Make a Gumball Machine Out of a Flower Pot

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It is amazing how versatile a flower pot, sometimes referred to as a clay pot, can be when it comes to crafts. A gumball machine made out of a flower pot can be the perfect decoration for a child's room, and it is functional, too. What do kids like best about a flower pot gumball machine? It takes no money at all to get a reward every time.

Things You'll Need

  • 4-inch flower pot (pre-designed or clay)
  • 4-inch flower pot saucer (matching design or clay)
  • Ivy bowl
  • 2-inch wooden doll head with a flat bottom
  • Brass plate
  • 3-inch in diameter piece of cork
  • Craft glue
  • Red and blue acrylic paint, optional
  • Paintbrush, if using acrylic paints
  • Paint the flower pot and saucer with red acrylic paint. Paint the wooden ball blue. Let dry. If you choose to use a pre-designed flower pot and saucer, you can skip this step.

  • Turn the saucer upside-down, as this will become the lid of the gumball machine. Glue the wooden doll head to the center of the saucer. Let dry.

  • Turn the flower pot upside-down. Glue the ivy bowl to the bottom of the flower pot. Give this at least one day to dry completely.

  • Glue the brass plate to the center front of the flower pot. This will act as a fake money dispenser for the gumball machine. You can find brass plates in most craft stores.

  • Glue cork to the inside of the flower pot saucer to protect the ivy bowl from breakage. This part of the gumball machine will get a lot of use.

  • Fill the gumball machine with your favorite brand of gumballs. Use other small candies, as well.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure you use craft glue, which will turn clear once dry. You do not want to see the glue after the project is completed.
  • Make the gumball machine personalized by having a brass plate engraved with the recipient's name or a personal message.

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