How to Make Gum Dispenser Crafts for Kids

by Elizabeth Sobiski
Kids of all ages like gumballs.

Kids of all ages like gumballs.

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If you are looking for ways to keep the kids busy when they are feeling bored, consider a candy craft. With this project, kids can paint, glue and decorate. This gum dispenser craft is suitable for kids eight and up to make, although younger ones can help even if they cannot make their own. Materials for this project can be found at many craft and hardware stores. Including drying time, it will take two days to make the gumball dispenser.

Items you will need

  • Newspaper
  • Clay flowerpot and two saucers
  • Acrylic paint
  • Foam paintbrush
  • Craft glue
  • Wooden knob
  • Glass fishbowl, small
  • Gumballs
Step 1

Spread the newspaper out to protect the work surface.

Step 2

Have the kids paint the flowerpot, saucers, and wooden knob. Be sure to paint both sides of the saucers. These pieces can be painted in any color that they like, or with as many colors as they like. Let the paint dry completely before moving on to the next step. This can take a couple of hours to overnight, depending on weather.

Step 3

Turn the flowerpot so that it is upside down. Put a layer of glue on the flat surface that is on top. Place one of the saucers, right side up, on top of the glue. Set it aside to dry.

Step 4

Turn the remaining saucer upside down. Glue the wooden knob to the center of this saucer. This is the lid for the dispenser.

Step 5

Put glue on the outside bottom of the fishbowl. Place the bowl, glue side down, on the saucer that is attached to the flower pot. Let dry. Fill the bowl with gumballs, then place the lid on the gumball dispenser.

Tips & Warnings

  • Have kids wear old clothes or a smock while painting and gluing to protect their clothes.
  • The dispenser can also be filled with other types of candy as desired.

Photo Credits

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