Today is the last day of our 12 Days of Handmade Christmas! I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing, and hopefully making some of these fun gifts.

For our finale, we’ve decided to make a “Gumball Machine” candy jar. These are so cool, really easy to make, and add some fun elements to your decor – not to mention making a fantastic gift, child or adult alike!

Gumball Machine Candy Jar


Age Range: 4 and up

Time Required: 12 hours for drying

Skills: Painting and adult supervision (applying glue)


  • clay pot and base plate (the base plate needs to fit over the mouth of the glass bowl)
  • acrylic paint
  • paint brush
  • spray sealant
  • glass bowl (like a fish bowl, or the ones often used for centerpieces at weddings)
  • round wooden knob or doll head (Michaels or craft section of most stores)
  • gorilla, goop glue or e-6000
  • candy

Step 1

Paint your pot, plate and wooden knob the colour you want your “gumball machine” to be. Do a few coats to get good coverage.

Step 2

Spray with a paint sealant to help preserve the paint and keep it from chipping.

Step 3

Apply the gorilla or other heavy duty glue to the bottom of your glass bowl, then align with the bottom of your clay pot. Glue the knob to the bottom of the base plate.

Step 4

Let glue set for 12 hours (or read the glue instructions), fill the jar with candy, and display or gift!
It’s been fun making and sharing these gifts with you. Let me know if you make any of them! I’d love to see your pictures :0)
Merry Christmas!