Introduction: The Awesomest Jelly Bean Dispenser Ever 2019!

About: I am an artist, builder and teacher living in Japan.

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I am making my version of the glorious "The Awesomest Jelly Bean Dispenser Ever" instructable posted way back in 2012! You can check out the original in all of its awesomeness here:

This Instructable was actually my first introduction to Instructables. I saw a picture of the awesomest jelly bean dispenser ever on Pinterest a couple years ago and followed it here.

The original post inspired me to make a candy dispenser workshop for kids and the results are epic!

These are some of the finished dispensers made by elementary school students in my workshop.

You'll need:

1. Pinewood, because it's easy to cut with a handsaw and sand.

Each candy machine is four pieces of 9cm X 11cm wood 2cm thick. I cut these pieces from a long pinewood board.

You'll also need scrap wood for when you're using the wood boring drill bit.

2. Wood pegs- for the things that let you pull and push the candy pull (thing in the middle of the dispenser)

3. Power drill and hammer

You'll need a drill bit to make pilot holes for screws and a wood boring drill bit to make the hole in the candy dispenser and in the candy dispenser pull (handle). The hammer is for the wood boring drill bit and wood pegs.

4. Screws

Each candy dispencer has eight 37mm screws in it.

5. Sandpaper

We used #180 followed by #240 followed by #320.

6. Glass jars

It's easier and safer to use canning jar lids.

7. Candy

Nuts and M&M's work very well too.


8. Safety gloves

9. Safety glasses

10. Dust mask when sanding

Step 1: Cutting the Wood!

Let'e start cutting!

I cut 22cm long pieces of pinewood for each student to cut in half. Don't forget to factor in the kerf if you're going for exact! Saw blade “kerf” refers to the thickness of the slot which the saw blade will cut. After this, I used my miter saw to cut lines in the middle of the wood. This will make it easier for youngsters to cut, because it gives them a track for the saw blade.

Step 2: Finding the Center of the Wood!

You'll need to cut a hole in the center of the top piece of wood. An easy way to find the center is trace the wood on some paper and cut it out.

Fold the paper in half twice.

Put the cutout over the top piece of wood and draw a dot with a permanent marker until it comes through on the wood.

Awesome and easy!!

Step 3: The Candy Hole!

This is probably the most difficult part of the project.

That's the dot, but totally not dead center.

You'll need a wood boring drill bit. These bits gets expensive, but chances are you can find a set like this for cheap. There are better bits out there, but these will do the job in this project.

Get a fat scrap piece of wood to work on and make a pilot hole. Don't go all the way through the wood.

*Be aware of the surface you're drilling on.

Step 4: Using the Wood Boring Drill Bit!

If you're using this bit, drill until it makes a hole on the other side. Be careful because this drill bit gets as hot as the surface of the sun.

Turn the piece of wood over and finish making your hole.

The circle of wood will be stuck in the bit. You'll need to remove the nut on top of the bit and hit the top of the bit with a hammer while holding the bottom part still. This bit will feel like it was dipped in magma once you finished drilling, so be careful!

Step 5: The Pull!

Now you'll need to cut the pull part

This is 5cm wide.

Your pieces of wood are 11cm wide, so measure 3cm on both sides of one of them.

Take the middle piece of wood and use it to draw out a 21cm long pull.

I used my miter saw to cut these and you don't need to worry about the kerf.

Step 6: Assembly Time!

Now you can assemble the candy dispenser with screws.

Each piece of wood is 2cm thick, so I used 37mm long screws to secure two pieces of wood together. Screw all screws from the bottom so there are no visible screws on top of the candy dispenser.

Remember to make pilot holes first. Don't be a cowboy and just screw the screws in with no pilot holes.

Once the dispenser body is assembled, try to slide the pull into the open empty slot.

Make a dot on the end of the pull for a peg. (You can see the pencil dot in the picture)

Next, trace a circle through the hole on top of the dispenser onto the pull. I hope some of this makes sense! If the pull doesn't slide into the slot give it a good sanding.

Cut out the hole on the pull part with the wood boring drill bit just like we did a couple pictures ago and sand your candy dispenser smooth.

I went with a hole in the pull as opposed to a bowl, because I find it easier when the candy drops from the bottom. You won't need to tilt the dispenser over to get the candy this way.

Step 7: The Lids!

Canning jar lids are the easiest and safest way to go here!

I had some older students that wanted a "supervised" challenge, so I let them drill holes into normal lids.

For this, drill a hole into your jar lid and please be careful.

Drill slowly while gently moving the drill in a circular motion on the back of the lid. Once you make a hole, the lid is basically a deadly weapon.

Use scissors and make cuts around the hole.

Use your fingers and pull the pieces of the lid back.

It's better to make pilot holes in the lid for your screws with a small screwdriver or a craft awl.

Drill the screws in at angles keeping them away from the pull!!

Wood pegs!

Drill a hole on the end of the pull part the same size as the wood pegs. Use a hammer to hit in the pegs.

The hole on the pull part should be lined up with the hole under the jar when the candy dispenser is closed. Keep this in mind when measuring for the pegs. The peg on the other side is there to keep the pull part from pulling out of the dispenser.

Step 8: The Four Day Workshop!

I broke this project down into four days.

Day 1: Cutting & Sanding

Day 2: Boring, Assembling & Sanding

Day 3: Cleaning & Painting

Day 4: Waxing & Installing the jars

The kiddos had a blast making these badboys!

Step 9: The Kids in Action!

I had large chunks of wood in the workshop for the students to practice drilling holes and screwing and unscrewing screws.

This workshop is a great way to teach workshop safety to children. They enjoyed wearing all of the safety gear!

Step 10: 日本語


・パイン材 幅90mm×厚さ20mm×長650mm(大まかに)

・セリアのジャー 1個

・ネジ各種 パイン材は大まかな大きさです。



1 .パイン材を切ります。


2 .4枚中1枚に穴を開けます。



3 .木工用ホールソーを用意します。


木工用ホールセット5個組 ¥698(税込)

4 .印をつけた中心にドリルでパイロット穴を開けます。 


5 .ホールソーを使って穴を開けます。



6 .穴を開けた木材がホールソーに詰まるので、最後の写真のように叩くと木材が取り出せます。


7 .4枚中の1枚を取り出し、中心の部分50mmを切り出します。


8 .パイン材が約210mm残っていると思いますがこの木材を、50mm×210mmに切ります。


9. 次に切り出した木材をネジで一つづつ組み立てていきます。


10 .最初にパイロット穴をを開けてからネジで止めていきますが、順番は、下から四角の木材2枚→30mmに切り出した木材→穴をあけた木材となります。

11 .最後に、スライドさせる部分の長い木材に穴を開けます。この穴の位置は、実際に組み立てたところに入れてみて印をつけてください。引っ張り出すところは残して印をつけましょう。

12 .サンダーで綺麗に磨きます。

13 .蓋に穴を開けます。




14 .穴がギザギザしていて危ないので、ハサミで切り込みを入れて、手で外側に押し出します。








Step 11: The Finished Dispensers!

These were painted with acrylic craft paint and waxed with beeswax.

Beeswax is a food-safe polish, made from a blend of beeswax and nourishing oil, completely safe for something like this. If you're worried about the paint, go with milk paint. Milk paint is a 100% natural and environmentally friendly.

Throw some silica packs made for food into the jars too!

Thank you for the inspiration: OutdoorGirl16196

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