DIY: Do-It-Yourself Industrial-Style Gumball Machine



Is there anything better than a DIY craft that brings back the sweetest memories from childhood?

As a youngster, there wasn’t anything quite like the feeling of putting a quarter in the gumball machine and watching your treat roll down the spiral track. Blain’s Farm & Fleet has recreated an adult DIY craft that will make you just as excited about gumballs as you were as a child.

Whether you’re looking for a cute and sweet candy jar to feature on your kitchen counter or a tasty surprise for your child’s birthday party, this DIY industrial-style gumball machine is the perfectly simple project you’re guaranteed to love.


Do It Yourself Gumball Machine Craft


The best part is that Blain’s Farm & Fleet is offering you 10% off project supplies for this amazing DIY craft. Visit here to buy all of your needed gumball machine items and enter code “10OFFDIYGYM” at checkout to get 10% off your order!

Not convinced? Blain’s is also offering 10% off site-wide until Friday. Happy crafting!

What You’ll Need


  • One (1) Behrens 2-Quart Galvanized Steel Pail
  • One (1) 2-Quart Anchor Cracker Jar
  • One (1) Leviton Rotating Replacement Dimmer Knob
  • One (1) Hillman Wing Nut (12mm-1.75)
  • One (1) Hillman Fender Washer (1/8 x 3/4”)
  • One (1) Small Hillman Nail-In Self-Leveler
  • One (1) Hillman Zinc Hinge (2-1/2”)
  • Three (3) Packages of Blain’s Farm & Fleet Gum Balls
  • Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover 2x Gloss Spray Paint (Apple Red to copy our look)
  • Scotch Blue Painter’s Tape for Delicate Surfaces
  • 6” Duracraft Pro Long Nose Pliers
  • E600 Craft Adhesive (glue)


  1. Take your galvanized steel pail and remove the handles and knobs using pliers.

Step 1

2. It’s time to paint! Head outdoors with some old newspaper to get colorful and crafty. Using your chosen color of spray paint, spray the bucket, jar lid and replacement dimmer knob.

Step 2

In this picture, the color of the spray paint used is Apple Red for a classic look, but feel free to get creative with other bold color ideas!

3. Once the paint on your bucket is dry, use your craft adhesive to glue the bottom of the bucket to the bottom of the glass jar.

Step 3

4. Use your painter’s tape and tape the jar to the bucket to let the glue to dry. Allow at least 24 hours for your glue to dry completely (72 hours is optimal).

Step 4

5. After the glue has dried and your jar is firmly attached to the bucket, you can add some fun little features to really amp up the authenticity of a functioning gumball machine. Using glue, attach the washer to the front and center of the bucket, 1 inch down.

6. Then, take your wing nut and glue it horizontally on top of the washer. This washer and wing nut unit will look just like the coin mechanism on a gumball machine.

7. Now, take your nail-in self-leveler (the trusty saw toothed hanger you use to hang pictures) and glue it to the front and center part of the bucket, 1/2 inch below the washer/wing nut unit.

8. Take your hinge and glue it to the front of the self-leveler so that the hinge flap hangs down. This hinge unit will serve as a mock gumball door. Hint: you may need to tape down the hinge while it dries!

Gumball Measurements

9. Take the dimmer knob and glue it to the top of the jar lid.

Step 9

10. Fill your new gumball machine with colorful gumballs or candy, screw on the lid and voila! Your gumball machine is now a finished masterpiece!

Final Product


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