INSIDE: Looking for a fun and colorful holiday craft idea that the whole family will enjoy? This gumball ornament diy project is just the thing! The kids will have a blast making it and displaying it on the Christmas tree.
Making your own Christmas tree ornaments is fun for children and adults alike. One unique and creative Christmas DIY ornament you can make is a gumball machine.
I love to make crafts with my kids around the holidays. We like to use conventional Christmas materials to make unconventional Christmas crafts. One that we made recently was a gumball machine ornament. It’s an easy Christmas ornament, which is why it can be a perfect activity for a child’s school party!
I created this DIY Christmas ornament using a clear ornament, a mini flowerpot and candied sprinkles. You can fill your ornament ball with nonpareils, which will look even more like mini gumballs. I just used what was on hand because it was one less thing to do!
A fun way to spend a Saturday in December is to create all sorts of handmade ornaments for your Christmas tree.
In addition to this gumball ornament diy project, you could make an old-fashioned candy ornament, a scrap ribbon tree ornament, a light bulb snowman ornament, a popsicle stick snowflake ornament or a candy cane tree ornament.
You might have some of the craft supplies you need for a homemade ornament at home, but if you don’t you can find them at your local Dollar Store (making these DIY Christmas ornaments very affordable).
GUMBALL MACHINE ORNAMENT CRAFT TUTORIAL
Here you go! The supply list is short and the instructions are easy to make this gumball ornament diy project.
Small clear ornament (either a plastic ornament or a clear glass ornament)
Small clay flowerpot
Red acrylic paint
Hot glue gun
- The first step in this gumball ornament diy project is to paint your mini flowerpot red. While one coat should be enough, you may want to add a second to make the red really pop.
- Next, take the hook and cap from the top of your ornament. Paint the cap red. While that’s drying, fill the ornament with your sprinkles. Attach the cap to the ornament, adhering it with hot glue (so it doesn’t come off again).
- Use hot glue to glue the bottom of the ornament to the bottom of the red flowerpot. Let the glue dry for about 10 minutes before you attempt to hang the ornament on your Christmas tree. (If your tree isn’t strong enough to support this sturdy little ornament, it makes a great little Christmas decoration to pair with your other holiday decor, too!)
- That’s it! Add a hook and hang it on your Christmas tree.
We love this homemade Christmas ornament for kids’ school parties. To save time, we painted the flowerpots and caps red before we attended the party. Then the kids were able to choose the type of sprinkles they wanted in their machines. They just loved filling the globes with their favorite sprinkles. Then they helped glue the cap and the flowerpot to the ornament.
BONUS TIP: If you want to ensure this Christmas tree ornament is really lightweight, you can use a K-Cup rather than a flowerpot. Just use spray paint to paint the K-Cup red, then use a black marker to add the “hole” at the bottom where the gumball would come out. That’s all she wrote for this simple and easy gumball ornament diy project!!