DIY Gumball Jar

By | January 11, 2014

DIY Gumball Jar

My girls LOVE gumballs.  They even save up their quarters so that when we go to the store then can hit the gumball machine.  So I thought it would be nice for them if did our own DIY Gumball Jar so we could keep some in the house.  I know I don’t like them to eat them all the time but when they are good they can earn them.

For this project you can use any jar you have or you can go buy one.  You also can make it for anything it you want like a cookie jar or candy jar or even a toy jar (well for small toys that is).  I wrote the words on the jar but my oldest daughter did the rest.  We chose the colors because they are the same colors our gumballs are, but you can choose any colored paint you like for your jar.

One thing to remember when painting on glass is that you want it to be VERY clean.  To get it clean before you start to paint rub the jar down with rubbing alcohol it gets all the yuck off of it.  And make sure you are using glass paint too.  You can find glass paint in any craft store but it is usually in a different section than the regular paint.  If you can’t find it just ask a store clerk.


Rubbing Alcohol
Glass Jar
Opaque Glass Paint (one color)
Transparent Glass Paint (3 or 4 different colors)


DIY Gumball JarClean your jar with the rubbing alcohol
(This gets all the grime and dust off of it so the paint sticks really well)

DIY Gumball JarUsing the Opaque Glass Paint write Gumball on the jar

DIY Gumball JarNow you can start putting dots (or painted gumballs) all over your jar using the Transparent Glass Paint

DIY Gumball JarAlternate the Transparent Glass Paint colors so you have a variety of balls all over the jar

DIY Gumball JarOnce all your paint has dried just fill your jar with Gumball’s and you are set!

DIY Gumball Jar

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11 thoughts on “DIY Gumball Jar

  1. Rachel

    Cute and easy idea!! Thanks for sharing an linking up with the Weekend Block Party! I’m excited to check out more of the ideas on your blog! :)

  2. April

    I made a gumball machine for ceramics and won an award. Totally forgot about that. My girls are too young for gumballs, but I will pin for future reference!

  3. Brittnei

    This is so cute! Definitely an easier craft project. I’m going to pin it so I can do it later with my kids! Thanks for sharing with us at Countdown in Style! Don’t forget to stop by to see if you are featured Friday! xo

  4. Cynthia

    Too cute! My daughter used to love gumballs too. Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.

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  6. Create With Joy

    I always love the projects that you share with us at Inspire Me Monday!
    This one is particularly darling!
    Congratulations – you are one of our featured guests this week at Create With Joy! :-)

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