Gumball machines caught my attention at an early age when my big brother had one on his dresser. I remember it being very big, and I couldn’t reach it because I was very small, but I liked to look at it. Today, I often wonder what happened to that big red authentic gumball dispenser that even had a metal key to it. As we grew older I surprised my brother, Bobby, with a new one for Christmas for his apartment. When Bobby passed in 1995, I inherited the gumball machine I had given him. Unfortunately, it was broken and beat up pretty badly from the trip from the West coast, so, I didn’t keep it. I still hold my love for gumball machines, and of course think of my only brother when I see one. Now you know why I made this “Christmas Gumball Machine”…I hope you enjoy the idea.
I came across this little gumball machine at Goodwill a few months ago. I originally thought it would make a super cute Christmas scene globe. Then I found these cute little red & white ornaments and the idea struck (see where to buy below).
I cleaned up the thrifty gumball machine easily and filled it up with the ornaments by unscrewing the top (be sure to let children know that this is not a real “gumball” machine). Then I tied a ribbon around it to finish it off and create a Christmas vibe. I looked around the house to find a perfect spot for it and found many.
I added one ornament in the bottom opening just for fun. It’s very whimsical looking with my other colorful and fun decor, don’t you think? Loving these bright fun colors instead of all the WHITE we have been seeing for years.
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Supplies Needed to Make “Christmas Gumball Machine”
Here’s another idea using a full sized gumball machine. Just paint it pistachio green and fill it up with pistachios instead of gumballs. It totally works and would be great for a party. Just be sure to have a jar for pennies and a jar for empty nut shells.
I thought my “Gumdrop Tree” from a few years ago fit in with these guys, too…
This post is dedicated to my brother, Bobby. Our family created a panel for Bobby for the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Here’s my square…Christmas, gumball machine Posted by