In just eight easy steps, I’m going to show you how to turn an old gumball machine into a beautiful WOW factor for your home.
Upcycled and recycled items are a great way to add the WOW factor to your home for a fraction of the cost. I’ve been a big fan of the HGTV’s shows for years. I’m always amazed at how it “natural” it looks to flip a house (on Flip or Flop) or work magic (like Jo does in Fixer Upper). I still have a long way to go before I am on the perfectionist DIY level, but I like to try my hand at small projects here and there. Years ago, HGTV used to have shows where a designer would come in and fix up one of the rooms in a homeowner’s house for under $100.00. The transformation of what they did was mind-blowing. But it gave me the courage and allowed me to see that it doesn’t take much to flip a room. Today I’m sharing eight easy steps on how you can make an old gumball machine into a beautiful home decor item. Or, if you’re planning a fancy birthday party or wedding, and want a gumball machine as a party favor, you can do this as well! For just a few dollars (basically, two cans of spray paint), you can make your very own Upcycled DIY Gumball Machine.
If you don’t have a gumball machine, try locating one at the following places:
- Garage Sales
- Thrift Stores
- Craigslist or Facebook Sell Groups
- Order one here
Alright, let’s get started!
Materials Needed to recycle and reuse your Gumball Machine:
- Metal gumball machine
- White matte spray paint
- Metallic 18 KT gold spray paint
- Painters tape
- Old newspaper
1. Take apart your gumball machine piece by piece (take pictures along the way to remember how to put your machine back together)
4. Place a plastic bag on everything white and tape it off with the painter’s tape.
8. Now fill your machine up with your favorite color gumballs!
And that’s it! You have a beautiful, trash-to-treasure piece for your home. This would look great on a coffee table, buffet table in the dining room or the kitchen. This would also be a fun idea for a fancy birthday party or girl’s night out event!