DIY Vintage Gumball Machine Ornament

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How to make a Vintage Gumball Machine Ornament from upcycled materials

I have dedicated
this year to trying to craft with my existing stash of supplies as often as I
can, so a upcycled a ribbon spool, some glass ornaments I found in the closet and my
Tombow Adhesives inspired this Vintage Gumball Machine Ornament!

Happy Saturday and welcome to the Creative Christmas blog hop hosted by Cassity at Remodelaholic  There are 26 fabulous designers sharing their #creativeChristmas projects this week.  So, after you scroll through my Vintage Gumball Machine ornament projects, please click on the links below to view all of the other projects!  It's going to be a Great Week!


Here’s how I made it:
1.) Remove the top and bottom from the ribbon
spool.  Sand away the glue and rough edges with a nail file.  Remove
the sanding dust with damp paper towel, let dry.  Color with Tombow Dual Brush Pen #847 Crimson.Note: you could also use a section of a paper towel roll as well, just select a smaller glass ornament!
2.)  Remove top from glass ornament,
apply red acrylic craft paint and set aside to dry.  Fill with 200 (7mm)
assorted color pom poms.
3.)  Once dry, replace top on glass
ornament.  Cut a 3″ by 3″ square from red cardstock.  Apply Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue to
bottom rim of ribbon spool.  Attach to cardstock, let dry.
4.)  Punch small
scroll label from silver metallic cardstock.
5.)  With the Tombow MONOTWIN Permanent Marker,
draw on the coin handle and the gumball slot.  Attach to base of gumball
machine with Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive.
Remember, Xtreme is 5 times stronger than regular adhesive runners, so
you have to roll to apply and swipe to the side to get a clean application.
6.)  Apply Tombow
MONO Multi Liquid Glue to top edge of ribbon spool.  Attach pom pom filled
glass ornament, making sure that it is straight and centered.  Set aside
to dry.
7.)  Punch 3/4″
circle from red cardstock and apply “25¢” silver stickers.  I didn’t have
a cent sign, so I created one with a lower case “c” and “l”.  Attach to
front center of Gumball Machine with Tombow Xtreme Tabs.
These Tabs are strong and clear, so the adhesive won’t be seen through
the glass ornament.  Thread through a 10″ length of red and white bakers
twine, tie in a knot and hang on your tree!
These Vintage Gumball
Machine Ornaments are quick and easy enough so you can craft up a batch of them
with your kids for their Teachers, Family and Friends this holiday season!
I had all of the supplies needed in my craft stash, but they can be
purchased fairly inexpensively at your local craft or big box store.

Now it's time for the FUN stuff!

Follow the links below to get a close up peek at what all of the other talented designers have created for the #creativeChristmas blog hop!  I was blown away by the creative inspiration!  And NOW is the time to get crafty for Christmas!


DIY Christmas Trees and Ornaments

Wintry Silver Dollar Store Christmas Tree Decor | Remodelaholic

Marbled Christmas Ornaments | Doodlecraft

Scrap Wood Inlay Ornaments | The Ugly Duckling House

Woodburned Wood Slice Ornaments | Sisters What

Flocked Pine Cones | Practical and Pretty

Abstract Monogram Ornaments | Domicile37

Concrete Christmas Ornaments | The Palette Muse

Wood Slice Deer Ornaments | Our Crafty Mom

Vintage Gumball Machine Ornaments | Beth Watson Design Studio

Etched Glass Ornaments | Just Call Me Homegirl

Unicorn Inspired Christmas Tree | The DIY Mommy

Driftwood Reindeer Ornaments | Sustain My Craft Habit


DIY Christmas Gifts and Decor

Christmas Pine Hoop Wreath | This Mama's Dance

Gingerbread Man Candles | Nourish and Nestle

Wire and Glass Chandelier | Home with Cupcakes and Crinoline

Christmas Scroll Wall Art | Grace In My Space

Lighted Wood Trees | Frazzled Joy

Crocheted Christmas Hat | Luz Patterns

Christmas Card Photo Display| Hertoolbelt

JOY Porch Sign | Ginger Snap Crafts

Folding Bar Cart Table | Everyday Party Magazine

Wood and Burlap Christmas Sign | Leap of Faith Crafting

Wood Block Snowman | Anika's DIY Life

Holiday Candle Wrap | Dragonfly & Lily Pads

Christmas Pom Pom Pillow | Small Home Soul

Hand Lettered Wall Art | Smiling Colors

YouTube inspiration can be found here:


If you like what you have seen here, please visit my Instagram page for more inspiration!Thanks for stopping by!

Creatively, Beth

8 thoughts on “DIY Vintage Gumball Machine Ornament

  • What a fantastically fun and whimsical Christmas ornament! Thanks for the detailed instructions, will make it so easy to replicate or make something similar.

  • Wow! That is so creative! I love trying to use up all my old craft supplies but I wouldn't have thought about cutting spools. What a cute ornament it turned out to be. Thanks for sharing!

  • Such a cute project! I have a nephew who is obsessed with these gumball machines. He would love this!

  • What a fun and creative idea! My daughter would love to help make one of these#

  • What a cute idea for an ornament. I love that you used little pom poms for the gumballs, very creative!


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