Making a Terra Cotta Gumball Machine

February 22, 2016

Make this cute, inexpensive candy machine for Valentine's Day or decorate for any occasion. It makes a nice gift for a friend or co-worker.


Total Time: 4 - 6 hours, including some of the drying time

Yield: 1


  • 4 inch terra cotta flower pot ($.97)
  • 4 inch terra cotta saucer ($.78)
  • glass bowl ($1.00)
  • acrylic paint ($.25)
  • paint brush (reusable) ($3.00)
  • Modge Podge ($.25)
  • decal or stickers ($.97)
  • wooden knob ($.37)
  • E6000 glue ($.25)


  1. Paint pot, saucer, and knob.
  2. Allow to dry about an hour.
  3. Apply Modge Podge with brush (this makes it easier later if you need to reposition decal/sticker).
  4. Decorate by applying decal or stickers.
  5. Apply Modge Podge with brush.
  6. Allow to dry about an hour.
  7. Attach glass bowl to pot with E6000 glue.
  8. Attach knob to saucer with E6000 glue.
  9. Allow to set for 24 hours to make sure glue is set.
  10. Fill with your favorite candy or gumballs.
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These are really cute gift ideas and look cute on your kitchen counter. Very cheap to do.

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Even with the mistakes, I think this was a lovely learning endeavor. I have three more I am will be making soon, but this one is all done.

Making a Flower Pot Candy Dish - finished candy machine dish

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This would be a neat gift for anyone or a great conversation piece for your home or office. I purchased each piece for $1 or less at the local craft store.

Bubble Gum Machine Candy Dish

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This simple little project looks oh-so-cute and is super easy to make. A fishbowl, flower pot, markers, and candy is all it takes! You could even color coordinate the pot with your parties theme. It could even make a fun Halloween decoration with orange and black paint and a spiderweb draw on the lid with gummy worms inside!

Gumdrop Machine Decoration or Party Centerpiece - closeup of finished machine

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