What’s the one thing everyone loves more than a delightful candy treat? Why, a delightful candy treat presented with flair, of course! Our Gumball Machine Candy Bouquet do it yourself project is just that; a creative, fun way sure to bring smiles to the room. It’s not only a great centerpiece, but makes the perfect gift for birthdays, special occasions, or just to show you care!

Gumball Machine Candy Bouquet

You will need:

  • Red spray paint
  • 1 6-inch terracotta pot
  • 1 Styrofoam piece
  • 1 (12 to 14-inch) Dowel
  • Hot glue gun
  • 1 8-inch Styrofoam ball
  • 5 (13 oz.) Bags Dubble Bubble bubblegum balls, assorted colors
  • 10 to 12 red gumballs

First, paint 6-inch terracotta pot red with red spray paint. It usually takes about 3 coats of paint. Allow each paint of coat to dry before applying the next. Make sure the terracotta pot is completely dry before continuing.

Place Styrofoam piece in terracotta pot. The Rada Bagel Knife is an ideal tool for cutting Styrofoam, as the round edge means it is safe to handle, while the serrated blade easily cuts through the material. Cut the Styrofoam so that it fits snugly into the pot.

Cutting Styrofoam for Gumball Machine Bouquet

Turn the pot with fitted Styrofoam over so that it is level on the surface. Push the dowel through the bottom of the pot, taking care to be sure that it stands up straight.

Punching hole in pot for Gumball Machine Bouquet

With the hot glue gun, liberally apply glue around the hole at the bottom of the pot.

Hot glue gun used for Gumball Machine Candy Bouquet

Place round, 8-inch Styrofoam ball on top of pot, pushing down through the dowel and on top of the glue. Hold in place until glue dries.

Placing Styrofoam ball on terracotta pot for Gumball Machine Candy Bouquet

Using hot glue gun, place a dab of glue on the wrapped Dubble Bubble gumballs. Place the first gumball on the center of the Styrofoam.

Placing gumballs on Styrofoam ball

From there, glue a line of gumballs, taking care to vary the colors, around the Styrofoam ball. Leave a patch of the Styrofoam ball uncovered at the top.

Gluing gumballs to Styrofoam ball

Apply glue to uncovered patch of the top of the Styrofoam. Place wrapped red gumballs on top, simulating the top of a gumball machine.

Applying glue to top of Styrofoam

Allow glue to dry. Use as the centerpiece at a celebration or as a lovely gift. Enjoy!

Kristy with completed Gumball Machine Candy Bouquet

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Features of the Rada Bagel Knife

The Rada Bagel Knife is a must-own tool for bagel and bread lovers. This stainless steel knife features a serrated blade that not only slices baked goods with ease, but is useful with other kinds of cutting, such as with the Styrofoam necessary to make a fabulous Gumball Machine Candy Bouquet. It’s made in the USA, and comes with a Lifetime Guarantee!

Edible Bouquets!

The Gumball Machine Candy Bouquet is one of our most cherished sweet recipes, but there’s more where that came from! Try one of these other bouquets for a sweet treat that’s a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds!

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries Bouquet

Chocolate Strawberries Bouquet

Try these chocolate-dipped strawberries for a treat that’s almost as satisfying to look at as they are to eat. It makes a perfect bouquet for that special someone!

Lollipop Malt Candy Bouquet

Two Lollipop Malt Candy Bouquets

Kids and adults alike will light up with joy at the sight of this inventive bouquet, a bountiful bouquet of enchanting treats!

Sweet Kisses Fruit Bouquet

Sweet Kisses Fruit Bouquet

A marriage of sweet fruits and delectable candy makes this a bouquet that covers all the bases!

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Did You Know?

The history of gum is nearly as old as civilization itself, as ancient Greeks were known to chew resin from mastiche tree barks. Although chewing gum as we know it didn’t appear on the scene until midway through the 19th century, the exact origin of gumballs is unknown.

One popular story claims that around the beginning of the 20th century, a New York grocer threw a wad of gum across his store, where it landed in a barrel of sugar. From there, this grocer supposedly borrowed a peanut vending machine from a friend and modified it to dispense gum. True or not, gumball machines can now be found in businesses of all kinds.

Gumball Machine Candy Bouquet Video Instructions



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How to Make a Gumball Candy Machine Bouquet Video Transcript

Hi, Kristy in the Rada kitchen, today I want to show you how to make a super-cute candy bouquet. It’s going to be a gumball machine. We’re going to use some real gumballs to decorate it. It would be great for a centerpiece or to give as a birthday or get-well gift. The first thing you need is a 6 to 7 inch terracotta pot. Take red spray paint and paint it. It takes about three coats, and you want to make sure it dries between each coat. You want to make sure it has completely dried before you start your project. Then you’ll just need a piece of Styrofoam that fits into that pot, it’s what’s going to stabilize our dowel that will hold the Styrofoam ball. I always save scrap Styrofoam from things I order and it’s really easy to cut with this Rada Bagel Knife. You don’t have to worry about poking yourself because it has a rounded end, but the serrated blade easily cuts through that Styrofoam.

So you want to make sure that Styrofoam piece fits snugly into your pot. When you turn it over you want to make sure it sits level on your surface. Now we’re going to take a 12 to 14 inch dowel and we’re going to push that through that Styrofoam. Then you turn your pot over and push that dowel in there. You have to get it pretty straight. Then with a hot glue gun I’m going to put glue around this hole, quite a bit. Then you take a 6 to 8 inch Styrofoam ball and just push that down onto that glue. I’m just going to hold it there until that glue dries.

So I went out and bought 5 13 ounce bags of these Dubble Bubble Gumballs. We’re going to start in the center. It would look cutest if we left the lettering to the inside. So this is the easy part. You want to vary the colors. Once you have your first center row on, now you can just start gluing them in. You want to leave the top center clear for some red gumballs, we’re going to fill that in to see what the machine is going through.

So now we have all the gumballs glued on. If you want to make it easier to glue the bottom I did turn it upside down. I’m going to reach into this little area on top and glue the red ones so it looks like the top of the gumball machine matches the bottom.

And now your Gumball Candy Machine Bouquet is complete. I actually used 5 13 ounce bags of bubblegum. It’s the perfect gift for the bubblegum lover in your family, or as a birthday present or centerpiece or on a candy buffet table. Have fun, enjoy, and thanks for watching!

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