This Halloween Gumball Machine is the perfect way to display candy and treats on your Halloween party table. It is easily made with some Dollar Store crafts and a terra cotta pot and saucer.
I love using terra cotta pots to make craft projects. (see my clay pot snowman here.) The pots and saucers can be used in lots of different ways to make cute themed decor for your home for the holidays. For today’s craft, we are going to turn the clay pots into a fun gumball machine.
Making a Halloween Gumball Machine
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This cute project is simple to make. All you need is a terra cotta pot and saucer, Halloween ribbon, a 3/4″ wooden ball, a plastic spider, craft paint and a round jar. I got mine at the Dollar store. A round bubble vase will also work. I used a pot with a 4 1/2″ opening for my project and a larger 5 1/2″ saucer for the lid.
Start by painting the lid of the glass jar, the wooden spool, and the terra cotta pot and sauce plain black. Terra cotta paints very easily and dries quickly too. I love working with it. Once the paint has dried, attach the ribbon to the saucer rim with hot glue. I used a design with orange pumpkins on it.
Next, hot glue the jar lid to the terra cotta saucer so the saucer faces downward. (The jar lid fits inside the upside down saucer.) Attach the painted ball knob to the center of the lid.
Using hot glue, attach the gumball machine to the upside down terra cotta pot.
Print out this gumball machine label on glossy photo paper. I printed mine 1 1/2″ in size
Cut the white round area out and attache it to the front of the bubble gum jar.
The final step is to hot glue a plastic spider on the jar for effect. Spooky!
TaDa! It’s done so quickly. Other than the painting, this project only took me a few minutes to assemble. LOVE that!
Displaying your Halloween Gumball Machine
Your party guests will like to dig into this gumball machine and will love that you made it yourself with garden pots!
I also made a terra cotta candy jar for candy corn on my Gardening Cook site as a variation of the project. Display them both for double the fun!
You can print out the Halloween Gumball Machine instructions using this recipe card.
- 1 glass bowl with lid I got mine at the dollar store but Amazon also sells 4" bubble bowl vases that will work.
- 1 clay pot 4½"
- 1 clay saucer 5½"
- ¾" wooden ball
- Black craft paint
- ⅝" Halloween ribbon with pumpkins
- Black plastic spider
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Paint the pot, saucer, jar lid and wooden ball black and allow to dry.
- Using hot glue, attach the saucer upside down over the jar lid and the wooden ball to the center of the lid.
- Hot glue the gumball jar to an upside down pot.
- Tack the Halloween ribbon and plastic spider in place on the jar lid and rim of the pot.
- Fill with gumballs and display.