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Here is an idea that has you both building and enjoying a delicious snack for the afternoon! Yep, thats right, a JELLY BEAN DISPENSER! (also works for M&Ms.) Sorry about the sideways pictures. I cant really figure out how to fix that. oops! :)
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Step 1: Materials

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For this project, I used...
- 2 4''x4'' pieces of wood 7/8'' thick
- 1 31/2"x31/2" piece of wood 11/2" thick (31/2" 2x4)
- 1 31/2''x31/2'' piece of wood 1'' thick.
- 1 61/2'' to 10'' long piece of wood 1'' thick and 1'' wide
- 1/4'' dowel
- thin piece of wood at least 11/2'' long and exactly 1'' wide
- Mason Jar and cover. (screw on part)
- wood glue
- very small nails
- nails that are able to secure the wood good (not to long, not to short.)
- 1/2'' drill bit
- drill bit the size of the very small nails
- 3/4'' or 15/16'' drill bit
- Table saw
- Band/Scroll saw
- Tape measure
- Square
- Hammer
- Punch
- Needle Nose Pliers
- Varnish, Paint, or Polyurethane.
- Jelly Beans!!!!

Step 2: Cut and Drill

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Cut all your wood down to size, and then mark the two 4x4'' top and bottom. find the middle of the top block and drill a hole in it with the 3/4'' or 15/16'' drill bit. Set both pieces aside. take the thin 31/2''x31/2'' piece, and the long piece of wood of the same width. (1'') Put the top 4x4'' piece and place it atop the thin 31/2''x31/2''. Using a pencil, put a dot into the 31/2'' piece through the hole, so you know where to place your long piece. center the long piece of wood over the dot, and mark where it is with a pencil. make the lines you just made about 1/16'' bigger, and cut out on any saw, just make sure it is even. After this, carefully glue and nail down the wood you cut onto the thicker 31/2x31/2'' piece.
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hizane150125 days ago

I made this with tools that I made from this same site! So fun! Thanks

buck221729 days ago

Cute dispenser

360B1 month ago

is this an American site?

if so then DAMN

19kschafer6 months ago

This project is very fun and pretty easy. It takes a few hours but the product works great! I tried a different style for the sliding piece of wood. I cut an entire hole in the wood so that you could easily put your hand underneath it and let the jelly beans fall into your hand.

OutdoorGirl16196 (author)  19kschafer6 months ago

Great idea! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Hi I'm making this in a school project and I don't really get the measurements so can you please give it to me in CM
Iamjillian4 months ago

Looks cool! I love Jelly Belly Jelly Beans! What's your favorite brand of Jelly Beans?

Is it determined how long the project takes? I have an hour or so for my engineering class and we get to build whatever we want, so I am going to work on this. And if you have anything else you made out of wood, could you make sure I can see them, because if it doesn't take long, then I need to build another thing, so Thanks!

The project should take less than an hour. I have built cutting boards, wooden spoons, pens, wooden bowls, etc. that are easy and fun to make! (in a short amount of time)

Thanks, and the project looks fun. It's only a matter of time before I can start building it.. XD

pclarke210 months ago
Great little build I can do many times using all my scraps I have lying round.

I used pine with mahogany top and bottom.

OutdoorGirl16196 (author)  pclarke28 months ago

That looks great!!

michaelgc10 months ago

Great little project, thanks for the idea...

OutdoorGirl16196 (author)  michaelgc8 months ago

no problem

olboyuk1 year ago
Made one with my son last night. So simple but effective.
OutdoorGirl16196 (author)  olboyuk8 months ago

I'm glad you liked it!

nice work! Wasn't confusing at all, you did great.

My son just made one in Jr. High tech class

OutdoorGirl16196 (author)  SlickSqueegie8 months ago

Thanks! and thats awesome!

how is thw jelly beans supposed to come out

when you pull that thing on the side it opens the hole for the jelly beans to pur out then you push the stick and the jelly beans are pushed out

akwhitacre made it!1 year ago

Really easy to make, but with the humidity that's kicked in here this summer, jelly beans just aren't playing nice. However, any kind of hard candy has worked well. I bored a larger hole (after determining jelly beans didn't work for me) and made *two* cutouts into the slider: a shallow one for small candies, and a deeper one on the opposite side for peanut M&Ms.

A few key changes/notes for my slider vs. the one in this tutorial...

1. The 30-degree cut into the slider was too steep to prevent jams. I made a longer, shallower cut...maybe ~60 degrees...that more easily guided extra pieces back up into the bore hole. (My second cut-out for peanut M&Ms was fine to leave at 90 degrees.)

2. I didn't make the front 30-degree cut. After testing, it just didn't seem necessary.

3. While I wouldn't necessarily recommend this for dispensers used by kids, I didn't add a back stop. I wanted to be able to pull the slider out all the way in case of a particularly bad jam, which, in the case of soft candies, can leave a gummy residue that keeps the slider from sliding easily from then on. Leaving off the stop means I can clean the slider when needed.

Other small touches you can see in the attached photo: I routed a curved edge into the two 4" pieces, and I hot-stamped a logo (check out this tutorial) on the front right.

Other recommendations...

Use a miter saw instead of a table saw if you have one. Not only is it quicker, you can use it to trim the edge where the 1x2's sit atop the 2x4's and make them perfectly flush.

The dowel is so tight you really don't need glue. You never know if, over time, it will crack or get broken, and you'll want to be able to replace it if needed.

Rub a white candle on the slider to get a smoother slide.

Line up your wood grains.

If you do make a second cut-out for larger candies, remember to add a dowel to the other side of the slider. If you check out my photo, you'll see I drilled all the way through the slider; I trimmed about 1/3 off two dowels and placed one on each side of the hole.

OutdoorGirl16196 (author)  akwhitacre1 year ago

Wow! I love your recomendations! It turned out great. This was a very early project of mine, so I now know that the miter saw would have been a better choice (oops!) Also, The wood grain! ah! I knew something wasn't right!

Shelby, you could maybe turn it upside down.

Love it!!
Fantastic idea what if you wanted to refill the container and there is still jelly beans in it just wondering

And this was not at all confusing to me awesome job
kbc21 year ago
pretty cool! my 3 y/o daughter had no idea what i was reading but saw the jelly beans and told me to make one. as stated in another comment, be careful on the spacing of numbers when giving measurements, 3 1/2 vs. 31/2. but still a great i'ble!
mmm, I wonder what happenned to the red jellybean :)

It went back into the jar...?

hahaha, i guess the world will never know...... :)
jlepack1 year ago
I loved this instructable. I built one similar to this. very fun project.
OutdoorGirl16196 (author)  jlepack1 year ago

Thank you!

kosteej1 year ago

Hi! I love this! Do you think it could be possible to re-create the pieces using a 3-D printer?

OutdoorGirl16196 (author)  kosteej1 year ago

yeah, I think so. I have absolutely no experience with 3-D printers, but from what I've heard, this would be a really easy project to make with one. And thanks! I'm glad you like it!

brandt e1 year ago
I might make one out of a log.
OutdoorGirl16196 (author)  brandt e1 year ago

Great idea!

nancyjohns1 year ago
I saw almost the EXACT same thing in a boy's life magazine.
OutdoorGirl16196 (author)  nancyjohns1 year ago
i guess its not as original as i thought!
NoVet541 year ago
you should change how you state the measurements because 31/2" looks like it says thirty-one/two instead of 3.5". Just a tip!
darisrob2 years ago
This is a great project. Thanks for sharing....!
OutdoorGirl16196 (author)  darisrob1 year ago
thanks for reading!
londobali2 years ago
Great job!
i like the idea..

would it work if i drill a hole thru the pusher? so that the jelly beans will drop to my waiting hand (or mouth).. :)
or will it make it stuck? does yours get stuck sometimes?

Thanks for sharing!
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