Candy Gumball Machine – DIY Party Idea

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I made Candy Gumball Machine Party Favors this week. These are definitely one of my most favorite fun food craft ideas ever!

Whether you’re having a birthday party or baby shower, this craft is perfect for a dessert table or party favors. They are made with a plastic ornament and so so easy!

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What you’ll need to make a Candy Gumball Machine:

  • Clear Plastic Ornament Ball (I found mine at Michaels)
  • Paper cups
  • Mini M&M’s, Sixlets or small gumballs
  • Tape
  • Black Sharpie
  • Embellishments

Pull out the top of the ornament. Wrap a piece of paper into a funnel to pour candy into the ornament. Cover the opening with tape. I used duct tape. Like the zebra print?

Punch a hole in the bottom of the cup with a pen, push your finger through to make a larger hole.

Place the ornament full of candy in the cup.

Candy Gumball Machine Party Favors by Amy Locurto at Living Locurto


Draw the pretend opening for the gumballs and add embellishments if you have them.

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I put a small round gem sticker on the top as well as the front. For an easy 5 minute craft, I think they turned out super cute!

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About Amy Locurto

Amy is a creative mom of two and graphic designer. When she's not working on Living Locurto, she's busy designing Printable Party Supplies and working on I Heart Faces, her photography blog. Find Amy on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Instagram.


  1. So CUTE!!!! Please let me know What size ornaments did you use?

  2. Your gumball is good creativity and it gives easy way and good look.

  3. Pinky Garcia says:

    you are soooo awesome keep it up and have more fun:)

  4. Si tienen alguna idea navideña se los agradecere.Tengo una comida en Diciembre y quiero poner en cada lugar un recuerdito. Gracias anticipadas.

  5. Gracias por estas ideas son fantasticas.

  6. Soo cute.

  7. Adorable!! what size are the ornaments?

  8. I am a gumball freek and love this idea soooo much…I already have the red cups, the clear ornaments and a bag of m&m's.

  9. Amber Theisen Spinello says:

    This is fab! ANd just in time. My daughters candy birthday party is next weekend. Do you think this can be done as a craft at the party by 7 year olds with help?

  10. Wow these are adorable!! I love this idea – super creative.

    I definately pinned!! 🙂

  12. Sandy Lamb says:

    These have to be one of the most adorable craft project I’ve ever seen! Love it, love it, love it!!

  13. Wow!!! Love! Now I’m trying to think of a healthy snack that resembles gum balls so my preschooler can take these for her snack day. Any ideas ladies?:)

  14. What a super fun idea! Very creative and kids (and adults) would just love to get these as favours! Thanks Amy!

  15. OMG! I love them Amy!! Such a genius idea! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    xx ? melissa @ mamamiss

  16. Too cute!!!

  17. totally adorable idea Amy!

  18. Such a cute idea and easy to make with great finished product.

  19. Oh my heck! How cute!

  20. They are adorable.

  21. What a creative mind you have! Your Gumball machines are adorable and simple to make….that’s always appreciated. Thanks for sharing another great idea.
    Gwen ~


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