Do you remember making these Gumball Machines in the 80's. Well after lots of thought I was and trying to think of a teacher gift idea for Valentine's day I decide to revive this craft. It is still as cheap to make as it was in the 1980's.
This is my personal gumball machine. I will post the teachers gifts later... I used the Trueblood stencils by the talented Andy Swist. Please see Andy's webpage, his stensils are for personal use. I love his paper dolls as well...you have to check them out.... He is so talented! And so funny...if you get a chance check out his videos.
Materials for this craft.
clay pot (cost about $1.50)
clay pot tray ($.75cents)
glass bowl ($1.00 at the $1 store)
E600 glue (I already had from several other projects)
Acrilic paint( I already had from other projects but they are super cheap about .50-$1 a color)
Clear sealer (I already had)
Paint brushes (already had)
Wooden bead for the top...$.79 cents
CANDY....I am using lindor truffles because I love chocolate.
This craft was about less than $4
1. Paint your clay pot. For this one I painted the bottom black and the top white. watch your paint strokes. I went in an up and down brush strokes...the brush strokes show up.
I used a pair of sharp small scissors but it would have been easier to cut with a craft knife. This stensil was only 3x3. I used some painters tape to keep the stencil in place.
Once the tracing was done I began to paint. I painted the red lips, and tongue first. Let that dry and began the rest of the painting. I am not a talented painter....but this was pretty easy....I had to go back and touch up some shaking lines with white paint but I was really happy with how this came out...
4. Once your paint has dried add a clear acrylic gloss over you work to preserve it....Once that was dry I used the E6000 glue to attach the little globe at the top of the clay pot. I then attached the painted wooden bead to the top of the clay tray to make a handle and added a drop of red paint to look like blood. I then added a clear gloss to the lid as well.
This project was really easy. It was just time consuming, because of the time it took for everything to dry. I painted the pot on the inside and outside....and the tray once day and let it dry... The stencil I did the next dry allowing an hour to dry between the red and black. I then added the clear overcoat and then let that dry. The good news Is I am doing 5 gumball machines at the same time. I am doing 2 teachers gifts, and 2 other Vampire or Gothic Inspired Gumball machines. It was alot easier to more at once...than one at a time...I am still working on the others.... I will post the rest soon.
I love how you can really VAMP out any craft....These things usually look cheesy. Stuck in the 1980's