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Mini Gumball Machine Party Favors

Turn, twist, and pop! These retro-inspired packages dispense colorful candy just like the classic machine from your childhood.

mini gum ball machine party favor

Photography: Anusha Rajeswaran

Source: Martha Stewart


This idea comes from our contributor Anusha Rajeswaran. Kids and adults will love this adorable gumball machine... in handheld size! A few basic supplies are all you need to make this family-friendly craft.


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  • Paper ice cream cups (Similar to shown: Red & White Treat Cups by Celebrate It, $6 for 24,

  • Clear dome lids (Pictured: Ice Cream Cup Clear Dome Lids, 4 oz., $9 for 50,

  • Clear tape

  • Hot glue gun and sticks

  • Red construction paper

  • Gumballs in assorted colors

  • Scissors

  • Ruler

  • White flat-back bead or button (optional)


  1. Measure and cut a 1/2-by-5-inch strip of paper; shape into a circle and tape the ends together.

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  2. With a hot glue gun, attach paper strip to a dome lid.

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  3. From the same red paper, trace a circle of the same size, cut out, and hot glue it to create a topper.

  4. Turn the lid upside down and fill it with gumballs.

  5. Add another dome lid on top and tape the lids together, sealing it as a globe. 

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  6. Turn the dome lids with the top facing up and hot glue it to the bottom of the paper cup. 

    mini gum ball machine party favor how to
  7. Optional: Glue a bead to front of the ice cream cup as the decorative "knob." 

    mini gum ball machine party favor

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