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Make a candy dispenser

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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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2 Comments on Make a candy dispenser

  1. probably if you had thick cardboard

  2. Is it possible to do this with cardboard and plastic jars? We have 37 boys in our troop, mainly Tigers and young Wolves.

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