DIY Gumball Machine

DIY Dollar Tree Gumball Machines

Check out these DIY Dollar Tree Gumball Machines. Some person much more clever than myself came up with this idea.  I have seen all sorts of versions of them on Pinterest and on Facebook.  This is my version of the DIY Dollar Tree Gumball Machine and how I made them.

We are all supposed to be self-isolating and staying inside and out of stores as much as possible because of the Coronavirus.  Luckily, I stocked up on materials for projects to keep me busy.  So, Silver Lining while we are cooped up…I’ve been wanting to make these DIY Dollar Tree Gumball Machines for a while and finally got around to it.  I am so happy I did.  They came out so cute!

Here is my version of DIY Dollar Tree Gumball Machine…

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Materials Used – DIY Gumball Machine

3 Glass Jars with Lids from Dollar Tree
Spray Paint
1 – 2 pack of Terra Cotta Pots from Dollar Tree
1 Medium Sized Glass from Dollar Tree
Glue Gun or E6000

Here is a picture of some of what I bought.  The glass is actually slightly taller than the terra cotta pots, but you can’t tell from this picture.

DIY Gumball Machine

Step 1 in Making DIY Gumball Machines…

First, I spray painted the 2 pots, glass and the three lids.  I made sure to tape off the lip of the jar lids so that part wouldn’t get painted.  I used Rust-Oleum Painters Touch in Seaside, from Home Depot.

DIY Gumball Machine

Step 2…

Please make sure to wait for the paint to completely dry.  This stuff dries pretty fast, but I made sure to be patient and gave it ample time to dry thoroughly.  Once dry, glue the glass jars to the pots using your glue gun or E6000. I used my glue gun and it worked fine.

DIY Gumball Machine

That is pretty much it!

I have seen versions of these with much more embellishments than mine such as; ribbons tied around the middle, beads glued on, rope glued around the base, and things on the front to make it look like an actual gumball machine.  Here are just a few examples of what others have done…

You can choose to do a little more details, but I chose to keep mine simple.

Step 3…

Fill with candy and enjoy.  I filled mine with shells and glass beads instead of candy.  Here are some photos of how mine came out…

DIY Gumball Machine

DIY Gumball Machine

DIY Dollar Tree Gumball Machine


DIY Dollar Tree Gumball Machine


  • Reply Terrie Tipler March 18, 2020 at 10:58 am

    Jodi I just love this. I made one Christmas, I forgot about it. I need to get that out. Your gumball machines are so cute. Love the color.

    • Reply Jodi House March 18, 2020 at 11:22 am

      I am sure yours is adorable! These were so fun and so easy to make.

  • Reply Jessica March 18, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    This is such a cute idea! I love the DIY gumball machines! They would be so cute for Birthdays and parties!

    • Reply Jodi House March 19, 2020 at 7:20 am

      Yes! That’s a great idea. They’d be perfect for that.

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