Grab the Kids! Make a Vintage Gumball Machine Christmas Ornament

9 Materials
30 Minutes

Let's get into the Christmas spirit โ„๏ธ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…๐ŸŽ„โ„๏ธ

I found out yesterday that we have our first snow in the forecast! It won't be anything measurable since we live on the coast and it's almost impossible for snow to stick this early in the season, but it's enough to get me into the Christmas spirit!๐ŸŽ…โค๏ธ

So I've been making ornaments for the Christmas tree๐ŸŽ„

And my favorite so far has been these vintage gumball machines!๐Ÿ˜

They are easy to make, and it's a fun one to do with the kids!

So many Hometalk'ers have had clever ideas with this project! Such as adding mini pom poms instead of sprinkles, or using mini solo cups instead of the clay pots..just search through the comments section at the end of the tutorial to find all of the different ideas everyone has come up with and create ornaments that fit your style and tree โ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธ

And Merry Christmas everyone!

DIY Gumball Ornament

First, gather your supplies.

You'll need.....

  • Mini 2" clay pots
  • 3.15" diameter clear plastic ornaments (best to use the ones that come in 2 halves)
  • Rainbow nonpareil (round sprinkles)
  • Metal tabs from soda cans
  • E6000 clear glue (or your favorite strong glue)
  • Black paint (any kind)
  • Red paint (any kind)
  • 2 detail paintbrushes
  • Twine or metal hook to hang the ornament

(I ordered in bulk so the price of materials listed below will make 40 ornaments)


Paint the Pot

Paint the Pot

Make sure your clay pot is free of any dirt, dust, debris, and go ahead and apply 2 coats of the red paint, allowing 20 minutes for dry time in-between coats.

Paint the Soda Tab

Paint the Soda Tab

Paint the metal soda tab black (usually takes 2-3 coats).

Fill with Sprinkles

Fill with Sprinkles

Now, fill half of the ornament with the nonpareils.



Put the two halves of the ornament together and put just a dab of e6000 glue on the bottom to secure.

Glue Base to Ornament

Glue Base to Ornament

Now, apply a good amount of glue on the bottom of the clay pot and position the ornament on top so that it is straight and the hole for the string/hook is at the top


Glue Tab onto the Base

Glue Tab onto the Base

Apply a dab of glue to each edge of the soda tab, and apply it on the front of the clay pot

DIY Gumball Machine Ornament



Paint the bottom section of the tab black (currently is red from the clay pot)

Add Twine

Add Twine

Now tie your twine or put the hook on, allow to dry for 12 hours, and then hang on your Christmas tree and enjoy ๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ˜

Homemade Gumball Machine Christmas Ornament

These adorable little cuties and so much more will be added to my Etsy shop over the next few weeks, so check often! Link below ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Frequently asked questions

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  • Jami Sizemore Jami Sizemore on Nov 17, 2020

    Very cute but I think I missed something. How do they get the candy out? Or is it just for decorating?

  • J.V.J. J.V.J. on Jun 30, 2021

    I love this idea!!

    But how come it costs $65?

    It doesn't seem like it would be that it a typo?

  • Haricot Haricot on Jul 01, 2021

    What does a gumboil machine have to do with Christmas? Am I missing the symbolism?


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  • Pam Crenwelge Pam Crenwelge on Jul 01, 2021

    I know my Dollar Tree sells the mini red solo cups (shot glasses). If you you those, and the teeny-tiny colored Pom poms, your ornament will be super light weight! I agree with above poster on the whole Candy might meltโ€ฆ

  • Amy Amy on Jul 01, 2021

    Cute and adorable!! Will definitely try to assemble some with my grandchildren