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Make a candy dispenser

You can make this dispenser for jelly beans, gumballs or any other hard candy that will fit in it.



  • 2″ x 6″ board, 24″ long (The actual size of a 2″ x 6″ board is 1 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.)

Cut the board as follows:

  • 2 1 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ boards (top and base)
  • 2 1 1/2″ x 1 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ boards (sides)
  • 1″ x 1 7/8″ x 11″ board (slide)
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Pocketknife
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • 1 dowel or peg about 1/4″ in diameter, 4″ long
  • 1 dowel or peg about 1/4″ in diameter, 2″ long
  • A clean quart or pint canning jar with its metal ring
  • Crosscut saw for sawing across the grain
  • Ripsaw for sawing with the grain
  • Drill
  • Drill bit, sized for pre-drilling 2 1/2″ holes
  • 7/8″ spade bit
  • Countersink bit (so driven screws are flush)
  • Screwdriver
  • 12 wood screws, 2 1/2″ long
  • 4 flat-head brads for nailing jar ring to top of dispenser
  • Small drill bit for pre-drilling brad holes in jar ring
  • Jelly beans or gumballs


candy-11. Cut all the boards to size and sand smooth.


candy-22. Glue and screw the base onto the sides.


candy-33. Pencil an X from corner to corner on the top board.


candy-44. Drill a 7/8″ hole through the center of the top board.


candy-55. Glue and screw the top board onto the sides and base. Sand the slide until it moves smoothly in the square hole in the center of the dispenser.


candy-66. Drill a hole 3/4″ from the front of the slide. This is for the 4″ peg or dowel. Drill a hole 1/2″ from the back of the slide. This is for the 2″ peg or dowel. Glue the 4″ peg or dowel in the front hole on the slide.


candy-77. Push the slide into place until it stops at the 4″ peg. Draw a circle through the 7/8″ hole on the top board onto the slide.


candy-88. Drill a 7/8″ hole 3/8″ deep into the slide as shown.


candy-99. Bevel the 7/8″ slide hole with the pocketknife and sand smooth.


candy-1010. Drill and nail the jar ring onto the top board.


candy-1111. Push the slide into place. When the slide is pushed in all the way, the hole in the top and the hole in the slide should line up. Glue the 2″ peg or dowel onto the back of the slide.


candy-1212. Fill the jar with candy, screw it onto the ring and your dispenser is complete.



Check out these photos of the completed candy dispenser project from Wolf Den 5 of Pack 236 in South Lyon, Mich.

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Comments about “Make a candy dispenser”

  1. #yoloswag says:

    Can you use use a half gallon sized jar

  2. Bobjoe says:

    This looks awesome but could you use Mike and Ike’s?

  3. nd26 says:

    now I want to make it with my dad!!

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  6. Moocow says:

    now I want to tell my dad to make it!

  7. good guy says:

    hi im gouing to make this

  8. awesome man says:

    IT LOOKS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. pokemono says:

    awesome =D

  10. crafter101 says:

    If any of you guys don’t have the things to make it from,use boxes to make it

  11. The muffin man says:

    I am making it.

  12. Anonymous says:

    great me n my brother have 1

  13. bob says:

    I love it

  14. lalame says:

    This is so simple. I am 12 yrs old and i done all of it by myself, expect for the sawing and cutting

  15. Z says:

    I wonder if this gets stuck but it looks cool

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  17. al says:

    I like this candy dispenser:)

  18. Armando says:

    This is a really awesome idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. Anonymous #2 says:

    This is so awesome, i want to do it so bad for my room! #HalloweenCandy!

  20. roblox says:

    that looks cool to make I wonder if it gets jammed

  21. Zac says:

    Awesome totally gonna ask my grandpa if we can make one!

  22. JumperPlaysMC says:

    Epic wish I had the time and supplies to make it ):

  23. joe says:

    I want to make this so bad!!!!!!!!!!!

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  25. aj says:

    it is good

  26. Alex says:

    this candy dispenser looks so cool.

  27. Anonymous says:

    I think the slide should be 1-1/2 by 1-7/8 by 9-1/2 inches long

  28. poopsie72 says:

    I made one of these and we already went through 3 bags of candy!

  29. Me says:

    Can you print this….& make with the boys….a good Saturday project:) They would LOVE LOVE LOVE IT:)

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