Halloween is my second favorite holiday next to Christmas. I enjoy breaking out spooky decor and doing the house up right in ghastly, ghoulish delight. This year I decided to add to my decorations with this fun Halloween gumball machine candy dish craft.
Instead of the traditional gumball machine I wanted to create a gumball machine look that you might find in a town full of witches and ghouls. To achieve this I skipped the traditional red and went with a black, green and grey color scheme. I have to say that I was so delighted and happy with the final result that I think I may make more to gift to people as a grownup Halloween treat.
How do you make this fun Halloween Gumball Machine Candy Dish craft?
This really is an easy craft to make. The hardest part is waiting for paint and stain to dry.
1 round glass floral/rose bowl (my dollar store carries them in two sizes)
1 terra cotta clay flower pot
1 terra cotta clay saucer
1 flat washer
1 wing nut
1 round wooden bead
black spray paint
grey acrylic paint
green glass stain
hot glue sticks
hot glue gun
Jar Jewelry Halloween glass label (optional)
- To get started you will need to make sure that your glass bowl will fit to completely cover the bottom (part with small hole) of your clay flower pot. You will also need to make sure that the clay saucer will cover the opening of the glass bowl without it being to large or to small.
- To stain the glass bowl you have two options. You can either use a paint or foam brush to paint the outside or you can put the stain inside the bowl and turn it to coat the interior. If you do the interior be sure to use wrapped candy. The glass stain will take a long time to dry. You should let it dry for at least 24 hours.
- Spray paint the clay flower pot, saucer and wooden bead. I paint the inside and the outside of the pot and saucer. Let them dry completely.
- Paint the washer and wing nut grey and let dry.
- Turn the flower pot upside down so the small hole is at the top and use the glue gun to put glue on it. Then attach the bottom of the glass bowl to the flower pot.
- Place the clay saucer upside down and put a bead of hot glue in the center to attach the wooden bead.
- On the clay pot affix the painted washer and wing nut so that they look like the opening of the gumball machine and the turning knob. This addition really gives this craft the look of a real gumball machine.
- If you are using a Halloween label affix it to the front of the glass bowl so that it lines up above of the washer and wing nut.
- Fill the glass bowl with candy and place the saucer top on the glass bowl. I used chocolates wrapped to look like gumballs and individually wrapped gumballs that looked like eyeballs. I liked the look of the two different sizes.
Some notes about this craft:
- Use wrapped candies as this candy dish is painted.
- This is not designed to and should not be washed.
- You can run some hot glue along the inside of the clay saucer that will sit on the glass bowl to keep the glass and clay from clinking loudly.
- I found the Halloween Jar Jewelry labels I used at Joann.