This year for Valentine’s Day my daughter wanted to do a “Gumball Machine Box”. So my wife bought a plastic fish bowl and turned it upside-down. She planned to tape it to the box and fill it with little colorful pom-poms.
Then I open my dumb mouth and said, “why don’t I just make it work and we can put real gumballs in it?”
Here was the result (and it does actually work):
The mechanism that catches the balls is simply a gear that rotates and has room to hold six balls.
As the gear turns there is a single hole in the bottom for a gumball to fall out.
Then I just inserted a slide to catch the falling ball and have it exit out the front.
My youngest daughter simply wanted a Pikachu box. So that was easily done in a single night. (Paper cut on the
and then just taped to a box covered in yellow paper.)
Fun times. I may end up making a more permanent base for the gumball machine eventually, but right now my daughter loves it.
Absolutely love these! What an awesome dad you are! That gumball machine is fantastic!
February 14, 2023, 3:00pm
That gumball one is just wow!! Great job on both!
February 14, 2023, 3:41pm
What a great dad! That gumball machine is catalog material, don’t you think?
It would be tough, it is designed for a specific plastic fish bowl and box size.
February 14, 2023, 3:53pm
Family asks and you provide! Do the gum balls taste slightly of pg draft board? Enquiring minds want to know…
That was a concern I had, but no, they taste fine. No burnt smell or flavor transfered.
February 14, 2023, 4:10pm
my daughter loves it
So do I! Now, I want one. Very cute and cool.
But could you submit the gear mechanism with something like a 5" sq box and maybe use a mason jar? Everyone has access to mason jars.
That would be interesting… Maybe I could try that. Jar openings are fairly consistent, I think?
And it would be smaller. But that might make it more difficult too…
Mason jars are standard regardless of brand, and have two sizes, “regular” and “wide-mouth.” Wide mouth would probably be easier and have much bigger openings. The jars themselves come in different sizes, from half-pint to gallon, but the mouth sizes are the same two sizes regardless of the size of jar.
If you need a “tester,” I’d be happy to help!
February 14, 2023, 11:24pm
Who wouldn’t love a gum ball machine?! Very fun project. Also, the Pikachu is adorable.
There is a
plastic jar that is very standard which all sorts of things are sold so you could buy the jars or the products and use the products first and then use the jar.
My wife said she was going to take the gumball machine and keep it on her desk at work. My daughter said, “But it is mine!”
I just laughed. I will let them determine what happens with it now.
I probably do need to make at least one more…
Wow! Is that the first GF gum-ball machine? That is cool!
I would be surprised if it was first. I thought I heard of someone else doing one once.
Yep, here is one from 2015:
I wanted to make a gumball machine, so I made one on the weekend:
You turn the big gear and gumballs come out of the hole at the bottom. It’s made of 1/4" mdf sealed with beeswax to make it food-safe. The top is 1/4 acrylic.
I did make videos capturing the design phase. I’ll post them to my youTube channel once I have them edited.
As always, you can see more of my stuff on my blog at: http://polarbrainfreezethecut.blogspot.ca/
February 17, 2023, 5:50pm
These are great! Those are some very lucky kids.