First of all a big huge thank you to Jelly Belly for helping to make this post possible today. All ideas and opinions are my own. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.
Do you remember the adorable Jelly Belly candy dispensers? When Jelly Belly asked me to write a post the wheels started turning and I thought about how to make a little farmhouse candy dispenser.
We had one of the original dispensers and it was a conversation starter and of course people couldn’t resist trying it out. After all who doesn’t like Jelly Belly’s?
Unfortunately I don’t have the dispenser any more so I created one for you to make.
I rummaged through my scrap lumber pile and got the pallet wood spacers that have the board attached. At first I thought I would use 3 but after I sawed the one board in half I liked the proportion of the two pushed together. Sand smooth by starting off with a 60 grit sandpaper and then a 120.
Maybe I should back up. I decided to use a Mason jar to hold the candy and found a Mason Jar Grain Dispenser to replace the top. Then I thought about what the jar would go on.
Enter the pallet. Using wood glue I glued the 2 pieces together and clamped them until dry. In the meantime I took a thin piece of wood and cut it the width of the 2 pieces. I was kind of thinking of a fence look.
Wood glue was used to glue it to the top of the pallet pieces. As you can see it isn’t at the very top, just eyeball it. After that was dry I used little finishing nails to secure it even more and to mimic the nails in the pallet spacers.
Going for a rustic farmhouse look I used the white wash stain. It sat for a minute and then was wiped off. After a couple of hours I applied Polycrylic to give it some protection.
I went back and forth about stenciling something on the front, as you can see I decided not to. When I made the Garden Angel and attached the hose clamp as the halo I remembered I had some time doing that. Trial and error, a run to the hardware store then rummaging through my stash I found some electrical things. I hammered 3 of them to make sure it was sturdy. These were painted white to have them blend it.
In the top I drilled pilot holes on either end and screwed in screw eyes so it can be hung on the wall. That step can be skipped.
OK, so this isn’t quite like the adorable Jelly Belly dispenser I remember but it does fit the farmhouse look and you can really get a handful of these delectable little candies. It doesn’t get much better than that, now does it?