Introduction

Halloween decor doesn't always have to be dark and scary. To lighten the mood, transform a pumpkin into a vintage gumball machine and add a pop of color to your front porch.

Gumball Machine Pumpkin

Gumball Machine Pumpkin

All of the tools and materials you need to create a gumball machine pumpkin.

From: Ryan Reed

Step 1

Gumball Machine Pumpkin

Gumball Machine Pumpkin

Cut the stem off of your pumpkin so that the lid of your gumball machine will lay down flat.

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Remove Stem From Pumpkin

The first thing you want to do is cut the stem off of your pumpkin with a knife. Make sure you cut enough of the stem off so that the saucer will be able to rest on top of the pumpkin without wobbling.

Don't throw away the part of the stem your removed though, save it and you'll use it later.

Pro Tip

For safety reasons, always cut away from your body.

Step 2

Gumball Machine Pumpkin

Gumball Machine Pumpkin

The saucer will serve as the lid of the gumball machine. Add a bead of glue and place it on the top of your pumpkin.

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Glue Saucer to Pumpkin

Using your glue gun, add a bead of glue around the rim of the saucer of the red planter. Place the saucer on top of the pumpkin where the stem used to be and press down for a few seconds until it feels secure.

Remember the stem you cut off? Add glue to the bottom of it and secure it to the top of the saucer so it looks like it grew from the pumpkin and right through the lid.

Pro Tip

Don't use too much glue on the saucer. The contact area between the lid and pumpkin is small so avoid excess and use a thin line of glue.

Step 3

Gumball Machine Pumpkin

Gumball Machine Pumpkin

An upside down planter will be the base of the gumball machine. Add plenty of glue and set the pumpkin on top.

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Glue Planter to Pumpkin

Turn the red planter upside down and add a line of glue to the bottom of the planter. Lift the pumpkin and set it down on top of the base where you just added glue and press down for a few seconds until it feels secure.

Step 4

Gumball Machine Pumpkin

Gumball Machine Pumpkin

Add a dot of glue to each gumball and place it on the pumpkin. Using larger gumballs will save you time.

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Glue Gumballs to Pumpkin

With the lid and base of your gumball machine on, you can see how much area of the pumpkin you have to cover with gumballs. Add a dot of glue to a gumball and start at the top. Try to go around the pumpkin in a straight line the best you can and be careful not to burn your fingers with the hot glue!

Pro Tip

I went with smaller gumballs, which took awhile to glue, but you can opt for larger gumballs to save time.

Step 5

Gumball Machine Pumpkin

Gumball Machine Pumpkin

After tracing a circle for the coin slot and an arch for the opening of the gumball machine, cut them out and glue them to the red planter.

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Add Coin Slot and Opening

Tear off a sheet of aluminum foil and using your black marker, trace a circle on the sheet. Write 25¢ in the center and then cut the circle out.

Next, draw an archway with your marker to serve as the opening where your gumballs will "slide out" and cut it out as well.

Use your glue once again and add a few dots to the back of the coin slot and archway and secure them to the red planter that is now the base of your gumball machine.

Pro Tip

Use anything around the house that is the right size to trace a perfect circle on the aluminum foil. I used a salt shaker but anything will do.

Step 6

Don't Eat It

As much as you may want to, you shouldn't eat the gumballs or allow others to. The glue I used is not edible and shouldn't be consumed.