Kara's Party Ideas DIY Tutorial: Make Your Own Bubble Gum Machine! | Kara's Party Ideas


Today I am FINALLY posting my tutorial on how to
make your own gumball machine!
These go with the Gumball Party I styled for HGTV here.
Photo’s taken by Lyndsey Fagerlund.
It really is quite simple…

You will need:
1 terra cotta pot {with saucer base}
1 wooden ball {found at craft store}
1 wooden doll pin stand {found at craft store}
1 tube of E600 glue OR hot glue {& glue gun}
1 round bubble bowl {you can find these at Walmart}
1 can of spray paint
STEP ONE: Paint your terra cotta pot & base, your round wooden ball and your doll pin stand with the spray paint and let dry.
STEP TWO: Place terra cotta pot upside down and apply glue to the bottom. Then attach the round bubble bowl to resemble a gumball machine.
STEP THREE: Turn the terra cotta saucer base upside down and glue the round wooden head bead to the center top and let dry.
STEP FOUR: Attach the wooden doll pin stand to the front of the terra cotta pot to resemble an opening.
STEP FIVE: Place the terra cotta saucer on top of the bubble bowl {it will act as a lid, coming on and off} and…
These would also make fun cookie jars!
Again, to see the rest of this Bubble Gum Party go here!


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  1. Heather says:

    Thank you for that! That's great! So easy!

  2. My Home Office says:

    Love the tutorial! Thank you!

  3. Vanessa says:

    What a fabulous idea! It is so simple. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Sweet Tea with Cindy says:

    Fabulous idea! Precious :)

  5. Paty says:

    so gorgeous…
    thanks for sharing!

  6. The Fam says:


  7. Alex @ EEAD says:

    LOVE it! I'm totally going to have to try this out.

  8. Sector D says:

    Love, love, love!!!

  9. J. At Your Service says:

    These are AWESOME!!! I'm def going to try this. Thanks! :)

  10. Ali says:

    Such a fantastic, easy, creative idea! So great i just had to 'Pin it' on Pinterest!

  11. Marisa says:

    So creative! LOVE IT! This is my all time favorite party site….and I MEAN IT!

  12. Becca says:

    THANK YOU! This is perfect timing…I am doing a sweet shoppe theme for my daughter's 1st bday and these would be adorable to use.

  13. Jessica Di Giacomo says:

    so simle but origina and fun

  14. PartyMom says:

    The best ideas are always the simplest. This is amazing!

  15. Lil Mama Stuart says:

    impressive – I wouldn't have guessed it was from those basic materials!

  16. Hannah S says:

    Brilliant! And so much cheaper than purchasing a glass balled one online. Love it! Now I have to think of an excuse to make one…

  17. Jana Tardeli says:

    Thaaaaaaaaaaank Youuuuuuu for your brilliant idea!!! I LOVE IT!!!

  18. Anonymous says:

    thanks for the idea i went to walmart and found a big clay pot for 3.00 and found the big bowl at goodwill for 2.00. the machine turned outn to be a big hit a my party. thanks!!!!!!

  19. Ariela_HvM says:

    It's Tom Servo!! I love the idea…thanks much. ;)

  20. Marilyn Stokes says:

    What size terra cotta pot did you use?

  21. liliana says:

    Me encanta Gracias!!!!!

  22. Shari Lynne @ Faith Filled Food for Moms and Grandmothers says:

    Now this is just toooo cute! Why didn’t I find this when my kids were younger :( Boo Hoo..well maybe my teens would like it too..:)
    Thank you!!

  23. Thank You for sharing your craft ideas I made the Bubble Gum Machine ,it turn out perfect,I love doing easy crafts and giving them as gifts.You are a Super crafter THANKS

  24. Kimberly Bonham says:

    Love your website and this this project!
    Featured you on my blog! Check it out!

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  27. Annette Horsley says:

    I have been making these gumball machines since the late 1990’s with my students. They make wonderful gifts. I found the best glue was from the auto store, I use the one that they use to glue on hood ornaments. You can paint them high school or college colors too

  28. Kimberly Stamper says:

    I am having a hard time finding bubble bowls and the sizes in the bowl and the pots

  29. mary says:

    I cannot wait to make this. Such a cute idea:-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

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    just saw the bubble bowls at Dollar Tree and the pots at Home Depot…I’m going to make these as centerpieces for a graduation party.

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  42. ivy says:

    Very cute what size pot and glass bowl was used.

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  44. Jodi Miranda says:

    I can’t get the spray paint to stick to the pot, no idea why

  45. Sue G says:

    I love the gumball machine. Can’t wait to try it!

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  50. Koopa says:

    can you next time do a WORKING bubble gum machine? thanks

  51. Ester says:

    What size of pot and and saucer base did you use also what size of bowel?

  52. Cindy Dombrowski says:

    Can you tell me the sizes of the supplies I need. Thank you