Valentines Mini Gum Ball Machines

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These Valentines Mini Gum Ball Machines are just the perfect craft for kiddos – and a great gift idea for school parties or ding-dong-ditch Valentines gifts!

Valentines Day Mini Gum Ball Machines

Love is in the air on Valentine’s Day. But it can be fun, too, especially for youngsters and young at hearts.

Making a little something cute for a unique gift for Valentine’s Day can be just about as rewarding as the act of giving something. Particularly for the kids.

I always liked giving something I crafted to my friends on Valentine’s Day. Just like Christmas and other holidays. So this is a perfect craft for the kids to do the same.

Valentines Day Mini Gum Ball Machines

Valentines Mini Gum Ball Machines

I promise that this project is very easy. Even super young kids can help out with your supervision, of course. You’ll need a hot glue gun, so, be very careful with it. But I found this ultra-low-temp hot glue gun for kids that my two LOVE using on craft projects.

What You Need To Make Valentines Mini Gum Ball Machines

  • Multicolor gum balls
  • Clear fillable ornaments
  • Red disposable cups
  • Scrapbook or construction paper
  • Hot glue gun
Materials

This project is very scalable. For example, if you plan to make 10 Mini Gum Ball Machines, you will need at 10 red disposable cups. Just keep that in mind as you’re planning the project.

How to Make Mini Gum Ball Machines

First, create the base of your gum ball machine by placing a rubber band around your cup.  You can use this to trace a line that will give you a straight cut.  Cut the cup all the way around to shorten it and make your gum ball machine base. 

Procedure

Get your plastic ornament and separate it, filling it with gumballs, and then put the two sides back together.  Then place a small amount of tape on the outside of the ornament to be sure they stay securely closed.

Mini Gum Ball Machines

Create a slit in the top of your cup and place the top portion of the ornament in the slit.  Secure the underside of the cup with hot glue to secure it in place.

Mini Gum Ball Machines

And the last step is to create a message using your scrap paper.  You can also decorate it with stickers to make it your own. 

Mini Gum Ball Machines

Isn’t this just the cutest?! And so fast!

Oh, you don’t have all of the materials yet? That’s ok. Just pin this easy Valentines DIY to your favorite kids crafts board on Pinterest to find it quick when you’ve got everything ready to go.

Valentines Day Mini Gum Ball Machines
Yield: 1 Valentines Mini Gum Ball Machines

Valentines Mini Gum Ball Machines

Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Such an easy and fast craft, these fun Valentines mini gum ball machines are a great gift idea!

Materials

  • Multicolor gum balls
  • Clear fillable ornaments
  • Red Disposable cups
  • Scrapbook or Construction Paper

Tools

  • Hot glue gun

Instructions

  1. Create the base of your gumball machine by placing a rubber band around your cup.  You can use this to trace a line that will give you a straight cut.  Cut the cup all the way around to shorten it and make your gumball machine base.  
  2. Take your plastic ornament and separate it, filling it with gumballs and then put the two sides back together.  Place a small amount of tape on the outside of the ornament to be sure they stay securely closed. 
  3. Create a slit in the top of your cup and place the top portion of the ornament in the slit.  Secure the underside of the cup with hot glue to secure it in place. 
  4. The last step is to create a message using your scrap paper.  You can also decorate it with stickers to make it your own. Have Fun! 

Did you make this project?

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And if you’re planning a fun Valentines party, large or small, here are some fantastic recipes for Valentine’s day you’ll love!

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