Saturday, July 27, 2013

Bubble Gumball Machine Tutorial

One of my favorite types of projects to design are 3D. This is my latest:

This one started with this

Ignore the mess. I was in a "creative zone." See that tube? It's 3 Feet of Bubble Gum that my husband Bubba bought for my nephew Tim, teased him about it, forgot to give it to him at his birthday, and then tried to give it to him a week after he got braces on. My sister put the kabosh on that and I inherited a tube of bubblegum to use in a swap!

Bubble Gum Machine Tutorial 

Materials Needed:
Real Red cardstock
Brushed Silver cardstock
Daffodil Delight cardstock
4 x 6" Cello Bag
Baker's Twine
Tempting Turquoise Ink Pad
That's the Ticket Stamp Set
Ticket Duo Builder Punch
Big Shot
Petite Purse Bigz Die
Chalk Talk Framelits
Peek-a-boo Frames Bigz L
7/8" Scallop Circle
1 1/4" Circle Punch
2 1/2" Circle Punch
Sticky Strip
Glue Dots
Paper Snips
Stampin' Trimmer

 Use the Big Shot to cut out the following parts:

Step 2: THE BASE

1. Use the Stampin' Trimmer to make a score line 1" from the score line already there. See the picture below for reference. This line helps you make a flat top.

2. Next use the 1 1/4" Circle Punch to punch the front hole in the base. I used the little purse clasp hole in the center of my punch.

3. Next use the 1 3/8" Circle Punch to cut an arc in the clasp part of the purse. (see the picture below). After that, use the 7/8" Circle Punch to cut a hole in the top.

4. Now, use sticky strip on the purse sides and on the tab to make the base folded up.

5. Use glue dots to adhere the Peekaboo Frame to the front. Add the tabs from the labels using dimensionals like the picture above.

Step 3: CANDY

1. To fill the cello bag, I first pinched the ends together and used sticky strip to adhere the bag into more of a spherical shape. I then filled it up and the gumballs did the rest. I tied the bottom with baker's twine.

2. To add the candy, I simply inverted my bag and put the tied end down into the hole. I also added a few gumballs to the bottom for weight. That way, you can access a couple of gumballs through the actual hole.


1. Trim the tag so it looks like this picture:

  Be certain to get the little bottom tag right, it goes inside the slit you'll see in a minute.

For the circle, just cut from one edge to the middle. Add a piece of sticky strip to the bottom edge. Adhere the non sticky stripped edge to the sticky strip to make the circle a curve. Slip the tag into the hole.

Use sticky strip to adhere this to the top of the cello bag.


For the tags, I stamped in Tempting Turquoise on Daffodil Delight and then punched them out. A little Baker's Twine worked for a hanger and my project was finished!

I hope you enjoy this tutorial. I make them for free because I believe in sharing. If you CASE it, please give me and my blog credit. Have fun!

Happy Creativity!



  1. That is so very very cute!!! TFS and adding more items to my next SU order :)

  2. This is totally amazing! It looks like a real gumball machine. I love the little story with it. That sounds like something my husband would have done! I have not bought the purse die thing but this almost makes me want to get it and try this!

    Chris R. from Iowa


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