Gumball machines are kid magnets, so it’s no surprise that this paper plate gumball machine craft is a HUGE hit with children! Kids love making their own gumball machine with fun supplies, and this easy kids craft gets good ratings with parents because it involves minimal mess! (Oh, and also because we’ve included a free gumball machine craft template for you in the supply list below.)
Plus, this gumball machine craft is guaranteed not to cause cavities! 🙂
Supplies Needed to Make a Paper Plate Gumball Machine Kids Craft
This supply list is for the supplies we used to create the project as shown in this post. As with all projects on Paper Plate Fun, we encourage you to use what you have on hand and modify our projects to fit your needs!
- Dessert size white paper plate
- Dessert size clear plastic plate
- Red construction paper
- Black construction paper
- School glue
- Pom poms
- Gumball machine craft template for download
How to Make a Paper Plate Gumball Machine Craft
Get ready to be wowed by how easy this sweet candy-themed kids craft is to make!
Begin by printing the gumball machine craft template from the supply list above. Cut out the pieces and trace the gumball machine base and gumball machine top onto a piece of red construction paper. Trace the gumball machine opening onto a piece of black or gray construction paper.
Cut out the gumball machine pieces, and glue the gumball machine opening to the gumball machine base.
Next, glue the gumball machine base onto the back of a dessert-sized white paper plate.
Now, glue the gumball machine top onto the upper back of the white paper plate.
Using the “dot, dot, not a lot” method of school glue application, put small dots of glue on the white paper plate. Then, press pom poms onto the glue dots. The pom poms are the gumballs in this craft!
Once the pom pom gumballs are in place, run a thin line of glue around the edge of a clear paper plate. Then, press the clear paper plate onto the white paper plate to form the glass-look enclosure of the gumball machine.
For an even cheaper version of this gumball machine craft, skip this step! You don’t have to have the clear plastic plates – they just add a cute touch.
Set the project aside to dry to make sure that the clear paper plate can bond to the white paper plate very well.
Once dry, this gumball machine craft is ready to go!
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