Last Christmas I saw many photos of tiny toy trucks and mini Christmas trees in old gumball machines. They were absolutely adorable and it was an idea that I loved! I have been hunting for the perfect gumball machine since then, but haven’t stumbled upon the right one just yet. But that’s okay because for my Easter decor I made my own spring bunny gumball machine, which was so fun to make and gives a similar look!
I mean, come on! These are cute, right?
Supplies for Spring Bunny Gumball Machine
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- Small flower pots
- Small candy jars with lids (I bought mine at Dollar Tree.)
- Small wood finials or drawer knobs
- Strong, multi-purpose glue
- Chalky finish paint (I used this kind and this kind)
- Foam brush
- Foam bunnies (I bought mine at Michaels but they don’t have them online. Linked bunnies are similar. Pull them off the floral pick stick for this project.)
- Floral moss
- Hot glue and glue gun
- Decorative ribbon
Instructions for Making a Spring Bunny Gumball Machine
Begin by painting the flower pot, candy jar lid, and wooden knob or finial with the chalky finish paint.
Next, place floral moss into the bottom of the candy jar.
Put hot glue onto the bottom of the foam bunnies and press them into the floral moss that’s in the bottom of the candy jar.
Put the lid on the candy jar, and glue the finial or knob to the top.
Flip the dry, painted flower pot over and cover the bottom with glue. I used this glue, which is my favorite for adhering all kinds of things together – even glue and terra cotta!
Press the candy jar onto the glue and let it sit, untouched, for the time indicated on the glue packaging. This will make sure that the glass and terra cotta properly bond to one another. Add some decorative ribbon where the two meet for a cute, final touch!
I just love this little project!
I kept one for myself and am bringing the other to my elderly neighbor this week. She will probably be like “what is this?!?” but hopefully it will bring her some Easter cheer, nonetheless!
What do you think about my spin on the gumball machine decor idea? Will you be making one for yourself this spring?
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