Old Fashioned Candy Jar Tutorial

Old Fashioned Candy Dispenser Tutorial by The DIY Dish

Hello U-Create Readers!

First off, thank you Kari for giving us the opportunity to share with you a fun little craft idea that will go together in less than 5 minutes! With all the things going on at this time of year, it’s so nice to sit down and make something that will go together so quickly and easily. We have really enjoyed seeing all the recent entries coming in from some amazing women! U-Create is a great place to spend time and to learn from so many and to share with one another such wonderful creativity.

Today we’re going to show you how to make these fun, old-fashioned Christmas candy jar dispensers! So cute for neighbors, teachers, bus drivers, or friend gifts! The list goes on! The children will especially love them! And because they’re so easy to make, you could even involve the kids in making these as gifts as well!

Christmas Candy Jar Tutorial by The DIY Dish


  • small mouth pint or quart sized mason jar
  • a tin chicken feeder (only a couple of dollars and can be picked up at any IFA or farm supply store)
  • embellishments (stickers, paint, ribbons, die-cuts, etc.)
  • CANDY!

How to Make an old fashioned candy jar by The DIY Dish

Embellish a clean mason jar any way you’d like! Here are a couple of very simple ideas…


Using a snowflake stencil, brush snow-like paint onto the glass. Remove stencils and allow to dry completely. Easy!

Candy Jar Dispenser Tutorial

How to Make an Old Fashioned Chicken Feeder Candy Dispenser


Any kind of sticker would work! Here we used stickers with a little bling! So bright and festive! One important tip: When you have a directional design being added to the jar, make sure the jar is upside down when putting together your layout! It’s got to look right when the final candy jar is put together!

How to Make a Candy Dispenser

Add decorative trim such as ribbons or fluff along the bottom. Use hot glue to secure.

Old Fashioned Candy Dispenser Tutorial

Turn jar right-side up. Fill with candy! Screw chicken feeder into the opening of the mason jar.Old Fashioned Candy Dispenser Tutorial

Turn upside-down and let the candy fall down!Old Fashioned Mason Jar Candy Dispenser

DIY Mason Jar Candy Dispenser

And that’s it! Easy, right? Just perfect for those lil’ hands!

Vintage Candy Dispenser Tutorial

And here are a few more photos for inspiration!

Let the crafting begin!

let the crafting begin

DIY Mason Jar Candy Dispenser

Stop by and check out the DIY Dish and find other tutorials like these:

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