*This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.
Hello and happy Monday, friends! It’s almost Father’s Day – are you on the hunt for the perfect Father’s Day gift? Check out this fun bottle opener game! You can learn how to make one at The Home Depot DIY Workshop that’s happening this Saturday!
Speaking of bottles, can we talk about something serious for a second? Whenever I’m at a restaurant and the waiter says, “oh, sorry, we don’t have Coke. Is Pepsi okay?” I want to say, “oh, sorry. I don’t have real money. Is Monopoly money okay?”
I mean, let’s be honest, this is completely unacceptable. I don’t understand why someone would willfully choose Pepsi. It’s like they’re asking me to set the place on fire.
(On a completely unrelated note, did I mention that Coke is sponsoring this Home Depot DIY Workshop?) 😉
Alright. Enough shenaniganry. Before we dive into my version of this fun DIY project, let me give you the deets so you can get in on this action:
Are you ready to see how I put my own spin on this project? Feast your eyes.
My dad is a bona-fide snack addict – candy, in particular. He’s had a stash of sweet treats at his desk ever since my very first ‘take-your-daughter-to-work’ day. It’s a miracle the man’s not a diabetic.
So naturally, I made him a desktop candy dispenser for Father’s Day. What can I say? I’m an enabler.
When I was
googling researching “DIY candy dispenser” it turns out, it’s been done before! Ah, well… not surprising. There is nothing new under the sun, right? (That’s biblical.) Have you heard of Steve Ramsey? He has a fun YouTube channel called Woodworking for Mere Mortals with a couple of great video tutorials for DIY candy dispensers. Mine is slightly different with the added pegboard, hinged top, and ‘track’ for the acrylic sheet to slide into, but he’s got free plans if you’d like to build a DIY candy dispenser for your dad (or yourself – no judgement).
First, I built the box. The back is 1/2-inch plywood and the sides are made from 1×3 boards.
Then I added the ‘feet’ and dividers. And because I tend to be a bit obsessive, I added pegboard to the back as a guide to keep the dowel pins evenly spaced. My wood glue is pulling double duty here. It’s not only bonding the pegboard to the back of my candy dispenser, but it’s serving as a weight until the glue dries. It’s a two-fer.
Once the glue is dry, now it’s time to insert the dowel pins. I simply squeezed a little wood glue into every other hole in the pegboard and tapped each dowel pin into place with a mallet.
Be sure to stagger the dowel pins. Glue, tap-tap-tap, repeat eleventeen more times.
Finally, I screwed on a couple hinges so the top would flip open and closed. I used a 1-inch forstner bit to carve out a hole in the dowel for the candy to sit in and slid the dowel into place. You just flip the top up, fill it with your favorite sweet treat (M&Ms and gumballs work best), then rotate the dowel until the candy comes plink-plink-plinking down. So fun, right?
This is an excellent decision-making tool by the way – the perfect way to prioritize tasks. Get it done now or later? Let chocolate be your guide.
Now those are words to live by.
I’m pretty sure this DIY candy dispenser is a way better Father’s Day gift than the rolling grill cart I built him a few years ago. Because my dad’s a vegetarian. #winning.
And check out these adorable emoji gumballs. Look at the little guy in the middle – he’s in the hole and he is not happy about it. Womp womp.
Alright. So are you ready for the DIY Workshop this weekend? You bet you are.
Before you go, be sure to check out how my blogging buddies customized their project! You’ll be inspired by all of their fun ideas!
- That’s My Letter
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- Toolbox Divas
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