We can see it now… you’re sat at your desk reading this, perhaps procrastinating from whatever it is that needs doing, packet of sweets that you got to ‘motivate’ yourself open beside you. The plastic is torn and the sweets are spilling out onto the desk, chaos is reigning and you say to yourself… ‘surely there’s a better way?’
Well, never fear! You’re right! You’re only a few pieces of wood and some minor DIY away from constructing your own magical sweet dispenser! It’ll solve all your sweet related problems, and perhaps even give you that warm nostalgic feeling. Better yet – you can disguise it as a fun project for the kids (don’t worry – your secret is safe with us.) You’ll even have the added bonus of the project tiring them out enough for you to have a rest (disclaimer: the sweets may reverse this benefit). So lets get started on building this DIY Sweet Dispenser!
You will need:
2 4″x 4″x 7/8” Wood
1 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ Wood (3 1/2″ 2×4)
1 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” x 1″ Wood
1 1″ x 6 1/2”- 10” x 1″ Wood
1 1/4” dowel
1 1′” x 1 1/2″ Thin Wood
Band or Scroll Saw
1/2” drill bit
3/4” or 15/16” drill bit
Drill bit matching the small nails in size
Finish: varnish or paint
Step 1: Putting together the base
Now grab the 3 1/2”x3 1/2” x 1″ piece, and your 1″ x 6 1/2”- 10” x 1″ piece of wood. Layer the 3 1/2″ piece centrally over the 4″ piece, then flip. Use a pencil to mark the circle your drilled through the 4″ piece onto the one below. Then, remove the 4″ piece.
After you’ve done this, pick up the longer piece of wood and line this up in the centre, over the circle you just drew. You want to mark around this long piece of wood, adding a little extra breathing room on each side. Remove the long piece of wood, and now you’ll have your piece of 3 1/2″ wood split into thirds. Mark each end third with an X, and then saw along the lines.
You won’t need the middle piece, so take the two ends you marked with a cross, and attach them on top of the piece of wood that is 3 1/2″x3 1/2″x1 1/2″. Attach them as if layering that piece of wood on top of the first, leaving a gap in the middle for your longer piece of wood.
In case that was confusing.. have a visual
Step 2: The slider
Mark a line 3″ further down from the hole you just drilled. Here you’re going to cut out a space for your sweets to fall into. Now mark a distance of 1 1/4″, and then flip your woodbit on its side, marking 1/6″ from the bottom. Now you want to draw two lines at 30° to form a shape like this
Step 3: Assembly
Here, if you wanted, you could sand your pieces a little to give a better finish. To assemble, take the block you put together in Step 1, leaving the wood with a gap at the top. Drill your 4″ piece (with the drilled out hole) to the top, and the other 4″ piece to the bottom. Then take your long slider and put this through the middle. If it fits a little too snuggly, grab your sanding tools again and sand it down to size.
Once done, you’re going to add two dowels onto your slider. Put the 1/4″ dowel into the hole you drilled, mark with a pencil a little over an inch up, remove, cut, and then glue back into place. An optional step is to also glue a scrap piece of wood to the back of your slider, to act as a stopper when the slider is pulled.
Step 4: Attaching the jar
Step 5: Finishing touches
You have a working sweet dispenser! Now, go wild, personalising it in whatever way takes your fancy – varnish or paint (we recommend priming the piece before painting if you want a really neat looking final product!)
…all you need to complete this project is the sweets!
If your little ones are eager for more DIY (we don’t blame them) we have plenty more on our blog that you can check out! Alternatively, if you fancy an easier project that has a lovely relaxing treat at the end, why not check out our DIY wooden bath tray.
Don’t forget – if you do make this DIY Sweet Dispenser, we’d love to see it! Our Facebook Page is always there to recieve your snaps.