How To Make Homemade Candy Vending Machine With Cardboards

    Can you remember the time when you wasted too many coins on candy vending machines just to see that colored yummies fall out from the magical hole?

    What you may not know is that it can easily be done at home. Now, this is a kind of activity that will keep children occupied for hours. A plus side to this project is that it can help develop planning and hand work while producing a worthwhile toy.

    Now, you don’t need to waste too much on candy vending machines in the mall. You can have one right at home for you and family to enjoy.

    Materials You Need For The Project:

    1. Popsicle Sticks

    2. Markers

    3. Barbecue Sticks

    4. Masking Tape

    5. Cardboard Boxes

    We prefer using old cardboard boxes because it is quite easy to fold them. But, you can also use new cardboard for this project.

    6. Some Coins (2.5 cm preferred size)

    Unlike the digital vending, you can use coins of any size whether it be in circulation or not. What is important is choosing your desired size as this will be the only size that your vending will accept. For this project, we used a coin with 2.5 cm measurements.

    7. Art Materials For Decorations

    Depending on what design you want for your vending machine, you can bring out any art materials that will help you realize your design.

    Tools For This Craft:

    1. Cutter

    You can also use scissors, but we find cutter more convenient and easy to use for this craft

    2. Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks

    Pens, pencils, Pentel pens, crayons, whatever marking tools you have will do.

    3. Ruler

    3. Scissors

    Candy Vending Machine Procedure:

    Check video tutor here:

    Part 1: To Make The Body

    Step 1: If you are using an old cardboard, cut the small folds upper or lower portion of the box.

    These folds are the ones that will seal or close a box.

    Note: For new cardboard, you can proceed to Step 2

    Step 2: Fold the cardboard box into three equal divisions. The fold should be all facing on the same side (facing you).

    Step 3: Once the cardboard is properly folded, mark the middle fold to identify the parts of the vending machine.

    Step 4: With the use of your cutter, open the boxes that you’ve drawn from Step 3.

    Part 2: To Make The Coin Trap

    We used a 2.5cm coin which is the basis for the measurement of our coin trap.

    Step 5: With the excess cardboard box that you’ve cut from Step 1, cut a rectangle that measures 10cm in length and 4cm in width.

    Step 6: Draw a smaller rectangle inside the figure you made from Step 5.

    Note: These measurements are based on the 2cm coin that we will use with the vending machine.

    Step 7: Using again your cutter, cut the small rectangle using the shape you’ve drawn from Step 6.

    Step 8: Cut two small strips of cardboard, which will serve as the wall of the coin trap. Follow the 10cm measurement from the big rectangle from Step 6.

    Step 9: Glue the two strips of cardboard on the two long sides of the coin trap. The result should like this:

    Step 10: With another excess cardboard, cut a square, which should fit the following measurements:

    Step 11: Now, trace the lines with a cutter only up to the middle. Don’t fully cut the cardboard because it will be folded.

    Step 12: Fold the square based on the cut lines from Step 11.

    Step 13: Once these are properly folded, glue its upper end to the completed coin trap you made from Step 9. This is how it should look:

    Part 3: To Make The Seesaw

    Step 14: Grab your popsicle sticks and mark 3 lines on them.

    Step 15: From the drawn lines, cut the popsicle sticks.

    Step 16: Once the popsicles sticks are cut, stack them unevenly leading to one side using the glue gun to stick the pieces together. That is, the result should resemble a staircase step.

    Step 17: With another popsicle stick, glue the stacked pieces on the edge of the stick. Now you have the other end of the seesaw. Then set it aside.

    Step 18: Cut a small strip of cardboard and fold it in half using a barbecue stick at the center. Set aside first.

    Step 19: The cardboard strip on the stacked popsicle sticks from Step 17. Make sure that you position it in front of the stacked sticks.

    Step 20: Glue the two ends of the cardboard strip. Place a barbecue stick in the middle to make sure that it will fit when inserted later on. Make sure that it is loose enough that it can twirl around the stick.

    Step 21: Remove the barbecue stick first.

    Using two stacked pieces of popsicle sticks, glue it sideways on the other end of the seesaw.

    Part 4: To Make The Lever For Push And Pull

    Step 22: Cut another sheet of cardboard box using these measurements:

    Step 23: Cut the lines with a cutter until the middle because it will be folded later on.

    Step 24: Fold the cardboard sheet using the sliced areas as a guide. It should look like a rectangular tube (see image)

    Step 25: To secure the folds, use a masking (or scotch tape).

    Step 26: Cut two holes from opposite side of the lever, where a barbecue stick can pass through.

    Step 27: With another excess cardboard box, cut a rectangular shape with one side folded unevenly.

    Step 28: Cut a small hole on the bigger side, that can fit the barbecue stick.

    Step 29: Put a drop of glue on the hole and stick in the tip of the barbecue stick. You have to make sure that the stick will not fully come out on the other side.

    Part 5: To Make The Slider

    Step 30: Use three popsicles, two are placed vertically opposite each one and the last stick placed horizontally on top of the two parallel sticks. Use glue to stick them together.

    Step 31: Cut the edges of the horizontal stick.

    Step 32: Cut a small square piece of cardboard box. Make sure that the edges of the cardboard piece reach the parallel sticks.

    Step 33: Glue the cardboard on top of the parallel sticks opposite the vertical stick. The space between the vertical stick and the cardboard should fit one candy. It should look like this:

    Step 34: Cut two small cardboard strips. One should be wider than the other.

    Step 35: Stack the two strips together. Make sure that the two are glued evenly on one side.

    Step 36: Glue the stacked cardboard strips from Step 35 on the edge of the cardboard from Step 33.

    Part 6: To Make The Refill Container

    Step 37: Cut a square sheet of cardboard with the following measurements:

    Step 38: Softly cut the lines until the middle of the sheet because this will again be folded.

    Step 39: Fold the sheet using the cut lines from Step 38 as a guide to make a rectangular tube.

    Step 40: Secure the sides of the tube with masking tape.

    Part 7: Putting EverythingTogether

    Before putting all parts together, you have to have these five pieces:

    1. Body

    2. Seesaw

    3. Slider

    4. Coin Trap

    5. Lever

    6. Refilling Container

    Step 41: Cut another big square sheet of cardboard and fold about ½ inch on one edge or side. This will serve as the base placed inside the vending machine.

    Make sure that the measurement is the same with the middle fold from Step 3.

    Step 42: Glue the sheet using the folded edge above the slot where the push/pull lever will be inserted.

    Attaching The Coin Trap

    Step 43: We will work on the coin trap first. Cut the edge of the coin trap diagonally going downward.

    Step 44: Once the edge is cut, glue the coin trap under the coin slot.

    Step 45: Cut a small strip of cardboard, which is of the same size as the coin trap.

    Step 46: Glue it diagonally from the middle end of coin trap to the coin reject slot (see Step 3) to make a coin slide.

    Step 47: Cover the coin slide with triangular sheets of cardboard.

    Making The Rejected Coin Catcher

    Step 48: Make a half of an octagon to serve as the catcher for the rejected coin. It should look like this.

    Step 49: Glue it on the other side (front) of the coin rejected slot.

    Making The Seesaw

    Step 50: Cut another strip of cardboard and fold in unevenly.

    Step 51: Glue the strip with the larger part on the edge of the coin trap and the smaller side on the base you made from Step 42.

    Step 52: Cut a square sheet of cardboard with a small opening one edge. It should look like this:

    Step 53: Glue the other end of the square sheet from Step 55 on the ride side of the coin trap. Follow this:

    Step 54: Glue another square sheet of cardboard on the other side. But, it should be shorter than the sheet you did from Step 52.

    Step 55: Now, grab your seesaw and lever pieces. Using the glued barbecue stick from Step 29, insert the seesaw and the lever. It should look like this:

    Step 56: Insert the piece you’ve made in Step 55 on its appropriate slots in the vending machine. The seesaw should be placed on the space you made from Step 54, while the lever should be inserted on the push/pull slot.

    Step 57: Connect the bent part of the square sheet of the seesaw to the pull/push lever using popsicle sticks.

    Step 58: Cut an incomplete square under the square sheet from Step 57.

    Step 59: Cut a small sheet of cardboard to serve as a stopper for the seesaw. This is where the rejected coin will fall through.

    Making The Candy Chute

    Step 60: Cover the pull/push lever with a sheet of cardboard.

    Step 61: Now, you are ready to work on the candy slider. Place the end of the slider (with the stacked cardboard) on the other end of the barbecue stick.

    Step 62: Once the slider is in place, race the rectangular space on top of the slider. Do it like this:

    Step 63: Cut the drawn rectangle to open it up. This is where the candy will fall out from the refilling container.

    Attaching The Candy Refill Container

    Step 64: To start working on the refilling container, cut 4 strips of cardboard with folded edges.

    Step 65: Glue the unfolded edge of the strips to four equal parts of the body of the refilling container. See image:

    Step 66: Glue the four legs to the body of the vending machine.

    Creating The Candy Pothole

    Step 67: Create a pothole for where the candy will fall out from the machine. Using a sheet of cardboard glue it diagonally from the rectangular hole from Step 63 to the hole of the prize shoot (see Step 3).Glue the four legs to the body of the vending machine.

    Step 68: Cover the sides of the chute with triangular sheets of cardboard.

    Step 69: Create a half an octagon for the candy catcher and glue it on the other side (front) of the price shoot.

    Step 70: Place a small square sheet to cover the hole of the pull/push lever.

    Step 71: Create a small opening from where the rejected coin will fall out on the side left side or from where the rejected coin slot is nearest. It should be placed in line with the incomplete square cut from the base (see Step 58).

    Step 72: Glue the side of the vending machine from where the rejected coin slot is located.

    Step 73: To complete the rejected coin slot, create a box with one uncovered side as this one:

    Step 74: Attach the uncovered side of the box in the rejected coin slot from Step 71.

    Step 75: Glue the right side (fold) of the vending machine.

    Step 76: Cover the open end of the vending machine with another cardboard sheet of the same size.

    Step 77: Create a cover of the top with cardboard that looks like this:

    Part 8: Design

    Step 78: Now, you are ready to design your vending machine. For this project, the design is inspired by Super Mario game.

    Final Thought

    Don’t be disheartened by the long list of steps you need to do. You’ll discover that the procedure is quite easy once you get into it. Don’t fret about not making a perfect job. All you need is to enjoy the project.

    Now! You have your own candy vending machine at home that you can fill lots of delicious treats without spending too much at that. Let us know of your DIY experience on the comments section below.

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