On Sunday, my three younger kids wore their Halloween costumes to our neighborhood fall festival and they came home with prizes for best costumes in their age group. Tate dressed up as an adorable little gumball machine. I absolutely love her gumball machine costume and she wore it so proudly. The best part? It was really easy and really inexpensive to make.
I bought two cheap red shirts at Walmart, cut just below the sleeves on one, and sewed the lower part of the cut shirt onto the bottom of the other shirt. It formed a simple little sheath. If I had been able to find a small red dress, that would have been preferable but this shirt sheath worked just fine.
A large plastic bowl from the dollar store was hot glued onto the shirt with colorful dollar store balls inside. To make this easy, glue around half of the bowl and attach it to the center of the shirt then place the balls inside and hot glue the rest of the bowl’s edge.
To finish the globe part of the gumball machine, I used my cutting machine to add a white vinyl price tag to the front of the bowl.
The coin slot was made from silver spray painted cardboard and an old drawer knob, also spray painted silver, glued onto the cardboard.
So simple, so cheap, and so cute. And Tate won first place in her age category at the neighborhood fall festival!