Vintage Gumball Machine Ornament
Dollar Store Craft
Such a simple and wonderful Christmas ornament idea. This little gumball machine is inexpensive and super easy the kiddos can even join along in making their own. Some simple supplies from the dollar store and mini pom poms make this a fun ornament for teens and tweens to craft on a budget. The perfect hostess, teacher, or neighbor gift for this holiday season.
- Clay Flowerpots, 2 ½” – three for a dollar at Dollar Tree
- Plastic Ornaments – two for a dollar at Dollar Tree
- Chenille Stems, Silver Tinsel – Dollar Tree
- Mini Pom Poms, Assorted Colors – Craft Store
- Red Acrylic Craft Paint
- Permanent Marker, Black
- Glue Gun and Glue Sticks – Low Temp
Gather all supplies. Remove the metal cap from the plastic ornament. Paint clay pot and metal cap with red acrylic craft paint. Apply a second coat, if necessary and then set aside to dry.
Fill plastic ornament with mini pom poms in assorted colors to represent the gumballs. One half of the package is the perfect amount!
Place metal cap back onto plastic ornament. Attach filled plastic ornament onto the bottom of the painted clay flowerpot base with a low temp glue gun and glue sticks. NOTE: Since the ornament is plastic a low temp glue gun works best.
Measure a two-inch length of silver tinsel chenille stem and cut with scissors. Fold in half and attach to the front of the gumball machine base with a glue gun and glue sticks.
To finish, write 25₵ above the silver tinsel chenille stem with a black permanent marker. You can use the cord hanger that comes with the plastic ornament or add a skinny ribbon hanger of your choice.
***Change up the pom pom and paint colors to create a custom ornament to share with family. A great craft project for adults and teens to create on their own or with younger kids.