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Spooky DIY Candy Dispenser for Halloween
Spooky DIY Candy Dispenser for Halloween
Spooky DIY Candy Dispenser for Halloween
Spooky DIY Candy Dispenser for Halloween
Spooky DIY Candy Dispenser for Halloween
Spooky DIY Candy Dispenser for Halloween
  • Spooky DIY Candy Dispenser for Halloween
  • Spooky DIY Candy Dispenser for Halloween
  • Spooky DIY Candy Dispenser for Halloween
  • Spooky DIY Candy Dispenser for Halloween
  • Spooky DIY Candy Dispenser for Halloween
  • Spooky DIY Candy Dispenser for Halloween

Spooky DIY Candy Dispenser for Halloween

Halloween is about fun, spookiness, and lots of candy! I love to upcycle things on my blog, Thrift Diving. So I decided to turn an old fish bowl from the thrift store into a spooky DIY candy dispenser made with a wooden base! This candy dispenser can be used with almost any small candies, such a gumballs, jelly beans, etc.

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I love upcycling things from the thrift store! When I saw this thrifted fish bowl I knew it was perfect for a DIY candy dispenser for Halloween since the shape reminded me of a pumpkin!


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I created a square starting at one corner of a large piece of birch plywood, and with 1.5" from each side, I traced the shape of the fish bowl.


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Using my power drill, I drilled a pilot hole, then used my jigsaw to cut out the circle.


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Once the circle is cut out, keep the circle nearby! You'll need it! This piece will be glued onto the fish bowl.


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Using a hole saw, drill a hole in the circle you just cut out.


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Once the hole is cut, use Gorilla Glue epoxy to secure the circle onto the bottom of the fish bowl.


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Using my router, I created 1/4" routed pieces which will be attached to the wooden circle on the bottom of the fish bowl.


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When the routed pieces are trimmed and added to the bottom of the fish bowl with glue and nails, it creates a place for the pull to slide in and out to allow for candy to fall out.


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Cut wood to create the rest of the base. You'll need 4 sides upon which to sit the top that you'd already cut. There won't be a bottom piece. Leaving the bottom open will allow you to add candy.


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Use a cup or something else with a rounded edge to create the opening in the front of the candy dispenser, then cut with a jigsaw.


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Cut a long piece of 1/4" birch plywood, about 7 inches (or whatever length you want) which will be the lever that will slide in and out to release the candy. Then, about 2" from the top of the front, trace the edge and cut with a jigsaw (TIP: use the power drill for a pilot hole first).


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The lever will have a hole (using the hole saw) that, when pulled, will align the holes and allow candy to come out of the upcycled fish bowl. In order to create stopping points (so the lever doesn't come all the way out or be pushed all the way in by accident), however, you have to drill holes with a bit and insert a wooden dowel into the holes.


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Once you've created the holes and lever, add candy and test it out to be sure it works! Make any adjustments necessary.


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The inside of the candy dispenser will be constructed with wood that, when the candy is released, will slide down towards the opening. Add wooden sides so that the candy can't go anywhere but out the opening. Super glue and wood glue worked well holding it together.


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Choose whatever paint and decorations for your candy dispenser! I chose a chalky black paint with white detailing, with red. Ths is also what the inside looks like when looking at it from above. Notice how the wood slants towards the opening so that the candy only have one place to go when released.


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I added some vinyl that was cut with my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine. I added a spooky face to the fish bowl with vinyl, as well.


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Now you've got an amazing DIY candy dispenser! The vinyl can be easily peeled off, so after Halloween, you can remove the vinyl and add other candy.


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Just have fun with it! Test it out and make sure it works, and then let your family enjoy pulling the lever for treats this Halloween season!


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fEzZ
fEzZ

Great little project! Thanks for sharing. :)

Thriftdiving
Thriftdiving

Aww, thanks, fEzZ! Glad you like it!!

aperson826
aperson826

Love this! I would love to see projects DIY Christmas wreaths!

Thriftdiving
Thriftdiving

Thanks! That's a great project idea! :)

Dragonhome
Dragonhome

Love the project - I know what I will be looking for on my next trip to the thrift store!

I would love to see some outdoor holiday decorating ideas. My Mom really decorates up her front lawn & the front of the house every year, but the store bought decorations are getting old and are starting not to work anymore.

At 93 tears old, she can’t do the yard decorating herself anymore, so my brother & I visit her in early December to put up her decorations. I would love to see outdoor decorations that we could add lights to, that we could make & put in her yard.

Thriftdiving
Thriftdiving

Great idea! I haven't done a bunch of holiday decorating, but I'm addicted now! I can't wait to do some things for Christmas! :) I'll come up with some fun ideas for you!

mandyjcasey
mandyjcasey

This is awesome!

Cris P
Cris P

I love your dispenser. I would love to see some Christmas outdoor ideas.

NickiJo
NickiJo

This is a great tutorial. It could be decorated for any holiday. I love wooden Christmas trees and would really like to see some wooden. Christmas decor.

Mary Lyn
Mary Lyn

Very cute, very ambitious for a gal who doesn't "do holiday decorating". Good job!

Thriftdiving
Thriftdiving

LOL, Thanks, Mary!! :) I'm glad I was challenged to do some holiday stuff!

LauraLori
LauraLori

Although I don't decorate for Christmas until after Thanksgiving, I am looking ahead. After seeing this candy dispenser I know you would have an idea. I would love a Christmas tree that is tall and thin and sparse (but not as sparse as a Charlie Brown tree) to hang my different collections from. Lots of room for ornaments, yet small in circumference than a standard Christmas tree. I know with those cool RYOBI tools you could think of and then make a fun project like this for us :) LauraLori

MissMichele
MissMichele

I would love to see an advent calendar or a creative way to display Christmas Cards.

Thriftdiving
Thriftdiving

That would be a great project! Thanks for the idea!

lab1281
lab1281

Great idea. For Christmas I would like to see ideas that are easier to store and possibly a bit lighter in weight. I often love so many ideas but the storage and ability to move them make it prohibitive to consider the project.

sledgehammerqueen
sledgehammerqueen

Great project! My grandma used to have something like this that someone made that would dispense M and M's. I always thought it was good I didn't have it- all I would have gotten done would have been reloading the candy dispenser. :)

sledgehammerqueen
sledgehammerqueen

I guess taking your idea to the next level, it would be really fun to do something for Christmas that was interactive. Maybe something like a santa that comes down the chimney??

MrsCotta
MrsCotta

So very creative! I have never used power tools. Can you think of a beginners power tool project for a front porch? My hubby has lots of ply-wood around. :) Thanks again!

pintobean
pintobean

Thank you! This is neat idea.
I would love to see how to transfer to wood - art or words. Easiest way possible. For example, making signs for outdoors etc.
Or what to do with leftover pavers?? I have a bunch left from our patio and I'd like to use them to make decor etc for our outdoors. However, I have no clue what to do with those pavers?

Tysteben
Tysteben

Great tutorial! I would love to see some outdoor decorations for Christmas that you can add lights to! Also would love to see some Christmas stocking holders. Thanks.

pamml
pamml

So cute for Halloween. I'd love to see more Christmas ornaments & pallet projects. I love making new things out of repurposed objects.

LauraLori
LauraLori

I have pinned this idea and would enjoy seeing the two ideas Michele mentions above. Hate to be a copy cat but they are good ideas! would especially love to make an advent calendar.

debbiedowner67_114357
debbiedowner67_114357

Looking for a how to on Christmas Moose. Big ones. For the yard. Digging that candy dispenser

BBecki
BBecki

Love this. Would love to see lawn ornaments made from pallets.

Moxey2000
Moxey2000

The Halloween Candy dispenser is really awesome. I'd like more small craft projects like this, wreaths, frames, and seasonal decorations.

Carol Taylor Starr
Carol Taylor Starr

This is so cute! I think a moving Santa in a sleigh made from wood would be so fantastic!

monarch64
monarch64

I think a wood cut out Christmas tree would be cool!!

Anak10149
Anak10149

This is so creative! I'd love to see a project with the scroll saw. I "think" I want one.

Lnguerrero
Lnguerrero

Super cute idea especially for the office during Halloween. I love Christmas & Halloween. Maybe more outdoors decoration crafts. thank you for all your hard work & great ideas!!

Melia
Melia

I would love to see some plans for snowmen made out of pallets. They are great for the Holiday season but can still be cute decor into Jan and February.

Melia
Melia

I would love to see some plans for snowmen made out of pallets. They are great for the Holiday season but can still be cute decor into Jan and February.

Jacksmom1
Jacksmom1

I would love to see a christmas wreath project or perhaps some other front porch decoration

Henny00
Henny00

Let's make a custom Christmas tree toppers!!!

Quiltsharon
Quiltsharon

Not sure if the holiday project idea is to be here or at Your Thrift Diving blog so will post at both. Would love to see you use your miter saw to make a Christmas Tree wallhanging for your front porch!

Jess V
Jess V

So cute!!! I would love to see some cute fall decorations for Thanksgiving that will last from year to year. Thanks for a great post AND a great giveaway!

JenniferCloud
JenniferCloud

Your creativity is really inspiring! I would love a sleigh made from repurposed items.

JenniferCloud
JenniferCloud

Your creativity is really inspiring! I would love a sleigh made from repurposed items.

Desertrose920
Desertrose920

Great tutorial. I am pinning this post. I would love to see some gift giving wood working projects like cutting boards for the chefs in my life or sturdy lined boxes to store the holiday silver settings. I love wood working and just promoted out of job that gave me access to all the shop tools like table saws, planers, radial arm saws. I am so going to miss the smell of fresh cut wood until I can build up a private collection of tools.

ahoefle
ahoefle

What a great use for our old fish bowl, love it. I would love to see 3-d Christmas ornaments made, like the big balls for your yard. Looking forward to seeing what craft ideas you come up with!

DragonLady
DragonLady

Awesome! I would love to see some large yard art Christmas projects!!

DragonLady
DragonLady

Awesome! I would love to see some large yard art Christmas projects!!

Celticlass
Celticlass

Thus is so cute. Going to show this to my daughter she might be able to use this in her classroom.

Kellyjo2708
Kellyjo2708

Great tutorial! I would have to make mine a gum-ball machine though. You make it look so easy too.

Smbritt
Smbritt

Nice job. I just hope if it was an upcycled fish bowl it was cleaned thoroughly with Clorox sufficiently before using to dispense candy!

whterose20
whterose20

I absolutely love this! I would like to see some giant candy canes to frame the doorway!

Mhj
Mhj

That;s a great dispenser! How about a project for Christmas that is a large outdoor tree made with wood and lights?

wbushway
wbushway

I have so much scrap wood, maybe an advent/countdown type of project for the holidays?

Jacksmom1
Jacksmom1

Shared on Pinterest

tgail
tgail

Very cute idea! As someone else mentioned, a nice display for Christmas cards that I personally would use in my office to add a little decoration in a small space. Just started tackling a house that was from the 1920's covered up by 70's paneling, carpet etc...lots of work to bring back it's character, but will eventually have a beautiful house to decorate!

clworkman4
clworkman4

Love this candy dispenser project. I would love to see more ideas for Christmas using recycled wood & lights. Like the wooden pallet Christmas trees. And wooden tree decorations. Thank you! ~ Carol W. workmanscraps(at)gmail(dot)com

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