Pumpkin Challenge: Gumball Machine Pumpkin

With a little patience (and a whole lot of gumballs), you can create this colorful Halloween decoration.

By: Ryan Reed

I'm a big kid at heart so when some of us were challenged with creating Halloween decor using craft pumpkins, I knew I wanted to do something fun and colorful.

Gumball Machine Pumpkin

Gumball Machine Pumpkin

Add a pop of color to your front porch this Halloween by recreating this gumball machine pumpkin.

Photo by: Bruce Cole

Bruce Cole

The gumball machine pumpkin was inspired by the countless times I asked my parents for a quarter at the barber shop or grocery store so I could get some gum out of the machine (I always hoped for the red ones). When I started planning the design, I initially thought about painting multi-colored circles on the pumpkin but I didn't think it would look real enough. That's when I decided to use actual gumballs so that when someone glanced at it they might mistake it for the real thing.

Gumball Machine Pumpkin

Gumball Machine Pumpkin

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

From: Ryan Reed

While you can't eat the gumballs from this "machine," you can certainly display it on your front porch or inside on a table with a faux raven perched beside it. It's a centerpiece that's sure to impress guests and ghouls this Halloween.

Click here to get the step-by-step instructions.

And then click here to check out all the craft pumpkins from this Made + Remade Blogger Challenge and vote for the one you like best. 

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite pumpkin project! Inspired to create your own pumpkin masterpiece? Boo it yourself™ and save on supplies at Michaels, including craft pumpkins in six colors and seven shapes and sizes. Find ideas and inspiration at michaels.com/halloween and #MadeWithMichaels.

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