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When I stumbled across these gumball machines at the Dollar Tree last week, I knew I had to incorporate them into a fun craft. I also knew that I wanted to keep the craft project budget friendly.
When I say budget friendly, I actually mean cheap.
Now I don’t know about you but cheap and cute are two of my favorite words (especially when paired together 😉 ) and this gumball machine gift is both.
If you have basic crafting supplies like scissors, ribbon, cardstock paper, and glue, you can create one gumball machine for around three dollars.
I like that price!
Let’s get started:
- (2) Dollar Tree gumball machine (website shows these as sold out but they were available at my local store). I also found these gumball machines at Oriental Trading.
- Swedish fish candy (or similar)
- glue or glue dots
- white cardstock paper
- ribbon (only need about 6 inches total)
- You’re my favorite fish in the sea printable (found at the bottom of this post–free download)
- Optional: hole punch
Now, watch how easy these are to make!
Aren’t they cute?? And oh so easy!
Remove the gumball machine cap.
Remove the clear bowl by gently twisting it. Hand wash in soapy water and let air dry.
Twist the clear bowl back onto the base.
Fill with Swedish Fish.
Print out the Fish in the Sea tags on white cardstock(free download at the bottom of this post).
Cut the tags out.
Cut a 3 to 4-inch piece of ribbon and make a loop. Secure to the back of the fish tag with glue or glue dots.
Optional: Punch a hole in the center of the heart on the tag.
Place the ribbon and tag on top of the bowl and secure with gumball cap. Attach the bottom of the fish tag to the gumball machine with glue (tape). The fish should look like it’s hanging out of the gumball machine.
Step back and admire your work.
Sample any leftover Swedish Fish candy. 😉
Gift the gumball machine to someone special.
You can find Swedish Fish candy in bulk at places like Target and Walmart but I picked mine up at Dollar Tree. If you buy the box size as I did, note that it takes two boxes to fill each gumball machine.
Since I couldn’t decide on the regular red flavor or the tropical flavor, I used both. I’m wild and crazy like that! 🤪
I made the fish tags in Photoshop and added: “You’re my favorite fish in the sea” to it. I wanted the tags to be something you could use for friends or loved ones so I tried to keep the saying generic and not too sappy.
You can download the fish tags for free right here.
The download is in easy to use PDF format so you should have no trouble printing it.
I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I enjoyed creating it. I just love the combination of bright colors!
If you make your own Favorite Fish in the Sea gumball machines, feel free to tag us on social media when you post your pictures. We’d love to see how your project turned out!