Easy Gumball Machine Christmas Ornament for Kids

5 Materials
30 Minutes

With just a few supplies from the Dollar Store, you can make this "sweet" Christmas Ornament. Pun intended!

Everyone loves something new and fun for their Christmas Tree.

This is a fun Christmas Craft for kids with a little bit of adult supervision. Kids love crafting at Christmas, and they will love making these! It's a great group craft for 4-H, scouts, or a classroom.

The supplies you need are pretty easy to find.

  • Clear glass or plastic Christmas Ball
  • Red acrylic craft paint
  • Small clay flower pot
  • Multi color Nonpareils (fancy word for sprinkles)
  • Mod Podge
  • Silver paint pen
  • Black Micron pen
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Paintbrush

This video will show you just how quick and easy this project is. With the exception of letting the paint dry, you can finished this in under 30 minutes!


  1. Start by painting your flower pot red. You might need two coats, depending on your paint. Let dry completely, then add a coat of Mod Podge to give it a glossy finish.
  2. Using a glue gun, attach the bottom of the glass Christmas ornament to the bottom of the flower pot.
  3. Using a tiny funnel (or make a funnel like I did in the video), add the sprinkles to the clear ball.
  4. Glue the cap on the top of the Christmas ball so the sprinkles don't fall out.
  5. Using a silver paint pen, draw a gumball shoot, coin slot, and coin turn on the flower pot.
  6. After the paint pen is dry, add .25 to the coin slot.
  7. You're ready to hand it on your Christmas Tree!

If you want to set it on a shelf and keep it out all year around, instead of hanging it on your Christmas Tree, you can cut off the hanger.

This isn't exactly a traditional Christmas ornament, but it's one that delights little kids and brings back wonderful childhood memories for the big kids too.

Buy enough supplies to make a dozen gumball machine ornaments, and tie them on your Christmas packages and gift bags. Everyone will LOVE them.

DIY Christmas Decorations

Suggested materials:
  • Small clay pots
  • Clear plastic Christmas Balls
  • Nonpariels
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