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    Build a working candy machine out of LEGO®s bricks!

    Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Got M&M’s?  Or Skittles?  Even if you don’t do trick-or-treating, it seems like there is always plenty of candy floating around during this time of the year… Add a little creativity to your kids’ sugar high with this fun LEGO® project! Slide the handle over to release a few M&M’s into the bottom of the machine. Then open the door, and the candy drops into your hand!

    This LEGO® candy machine uses pieces that are pretty easy to find.  We’re hoping that you have everything on hand that you need to build it.  If not, maybe your kids can find another piece to substitute, or come up with an awesome design of their own!

    When you pull out the brick on the right side of the photo, M&M’s drop down.

    Then open the door in the front, and for 1 last update 2020/06/01 out comes the candy!Then open the door in the front, and out comes the candy!

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    Update:  This project has been updated and is featured in our new LEGO® book.  The candy dispenser below can be found in the book, along with a parts list and instructions.  If your kids like building projects like this, they will love our new book!  Check it out here: Awesome LEGO Creations with Bricks You Already Have (affiliate link)

    Keep scrolling for instructions to the candy machine pictured above.

    Here’s how to build it:

    Step 1:  Start with a 12 x 12 baseplate or something similar.

    Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Step 2:  Add bricks to the bottom of the base plate to boost it up a little.

    Step 3: Find pieces that look like this.

    Update:  If you need to order these pieces, the red and black element is actually two bricks.  You will need a 2 x 2 rocker plate and 2 x 1 rocker bearing.

    Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Step 4:  Assemble the pieces like this.  This will be a ramp for the candy to slide down.

    Step 5:  Find pieces that look like this.  This will be the door that lets the candy out.

    Step 6:  Attach the ramp to the base plate as shown.  Add two 2 x 2 bricks.

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    Step 7:  Add the door pieces like this.

    Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Step 8:  Add bricks to the base plate as shown.

    Step 9:  Add two 2 x 6 bricks to each side.  Add one 1 x 6 to each gray piece with holes.  Add two 2 x 6 bricks behind the ramp.

    Step 10:  Add two flat 2 x 10 pieces above the ramp as shown.  Add two flat and smooth 2 x 2 bricks.  These bricks will allow the arm that lets the candy out to slide back and forth.

    Step 11:  Add a 1 x 6 brick to the left side as shown.  Build the sliding arm as shown – one 2 x 10 flat brick and one 2 x 4 flat brick.

    Step 12:  Start building up the candy chamber as shown.

    Step 13:  Add height to the candy chamber.  We used some window pieces so that you can see the candy level inside.

    Step 14:  Fill with candy!

    Step 15:  Add some flat pieces for the top.

    (It’s fun to leave this out on the counter so that Moms can share the M&M’s too… Just sayin’… 🙂 )

    Here’s a video that shows how it works:

    (The jingling in the background is the dog scratching and making his collar jingle.  It’s never quiet at our house.  Never!)

    Scroll down to the comments and check out the adorable candy dispensers that Suzi put together for her grandkids! Since she needed to order the pieces, she made two fun color schemes and added more windows.  They are SO cute.

    Like this project?  You can find a HUGE collection of our LEGO® projects here:  75+ LEGO Building Ideas

    Also don’t forget to order our book!  Awesome LEGO Creations with Bricks You Already Have.  This book makes a great Christmas or birthday gift!

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    1. Lisa @ This Pilgrim Life Oct for 1 last update 2020/06/01 21, 2014Oct 21, 2014

      Definitely going on my to-do list soon!

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      1. mandi Nov 22, 2014

        If you go on lego.com, you can buy piece by piece for pennies.

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        1. JM Kraemer Nov 23, 2014

          You can also use bricklink to buy the parts as well. Would be cheaper over all.

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        2. Rebecca Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Feb 1, 2016

          You can just improvise. That''t pull it all the way out and accidentally empty it in one fell swoop? I realize for 1 last update 2020/06/01 the door is there, but I still see the potential for mass candy exodus.You can just improvise. That''t pull it all the way out and accidentally empty it in one fell swoop? I realize the door is there, but I still see the potential for mass candy exodus.

          A 1 x 2 plate on the left edge on the underside of the slider should allow it to open far enough to let the candy out, but prevent the slider from being pulled all the way out. It looks like there should be enough clearance above the ramp and the smooth piece on the right hand side will act as the stopper.

          I love the design, but the engineer in me saw possibility for a tweak to make it a little more kid-safe.

          Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Steve

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          1. Sarah Oct 23, 2014

            Steve,

            Thanks for your comment - that''t allow the candy to come out. Basically, there''t slide completely freely with the candy on top of it. As you pull the arm, the M & M''s only flow freely for a minute and then stop up the opening themselves. Studying candy flow would be a pretty interesting physics project!

            It would be really fun to design different sizes of candy dispensers and compare the candy flow for the 1 last update 2020/06/01 each one. Your idea of a stopper would likely work well on a larger model. Thanks for stopping by!It would be really fun to design different sizes of candy dispensers and compare the candy flow for each one. Your idea of a stopper would likely work well on a larger model. Thanks for stopping by!

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            1. Steve Oct 24, 2014

              Thanks for trying it out. I was hoping it would open just wide enough for a small amount to come out at a time, even if it took a little shaking. My next thought would be to replace the right hand 2x2 smooth plate with a 1x2 smooth plate (on the right hand side of where the 2x2 currently is) which would allow it to open the same amount as the original build and still providing the stopping function.

              We have a 2 1/2 year old, so anything that can be taken out usually is. Our son gets frustrated when she does, so I figure it would be good to be proactive before trying it out.

              I agree that candy flow would be an interesting experiment. My anecdotal evidence is that it flows too much when you want it to stop, and too little when you want it to come out. :)

              Steve

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              1. Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Steve Oct 24, 2014

                Taking another look at the build, it looks like you might have to put some supports under where I propose the 1x2 to go since there currently isn''t know if I could actually make it so dispensing depended on a coin being inserted, altho that would be a cool challenge. I have bunches of legos, and also a large collection of technics as well so who knows what will happen when I start adding gears and stuff! Thanks again for sharing!

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                1. Sharon Jan 19, 2015

                  Here is a link to a coin-operated Lego candy dispenser.

                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdOvngogbuU#t=23

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            2. RottenRobbie Oct 24, 2014

              Building one with the little one when the school bus shows up tomorrow.

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              1. matthew kanzer Oct 25, 2014

                Thanks for 1 last update 2020/06/01 GuysThanks Guys

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                1. Science Kiddo Oct 28, 2014

                  I love all the creative building activities you have! I love the idea of making my kids work a little to get their candy :)

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                  1. Suzi More Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Nov 2, 2014

                    Hi.....just wanted to say your post inspired me. I made 2 dispensers with the Grandkids in mind. Boys/ Girls. I plan on giving these to the children as part of their Christmas presents. I changed your concept a wee bit to streamline it to cut down on the brick count as I will need to make about a dozen of them. The children will get them "". Included will be all the pieces needed to build it, candy and instructions. Here''m okay with that. Yes to adding a link to the picture in your main post. I took a 2nd picture (side view) which shows the difference from your build. I used built a 6 x 12 stud base to streamline it.
                    Thanks again for the inspiration...

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                    1. Suzi More Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Nov 2, 2014

                      Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Forgot the link to the 2nd view....https://www.flickr.com/photos/sosewsuzi/15698137542/

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                      1. Lyn Nov 22, 2014

                        Do you have instructions or a for 1 last update 01 Jun 2020 list of parts available? I''s birthday party. I hate just giving kids junk, but I have enough time to order pieces for everyone. Love!Do you have instructions or a list of parts available? I''s birthday party. I hate just giving kids junk, but I have enough time to order pieces for everyone. Love!

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                        1. Suzi More Nov 26, 2014

                          Hi Lyn,

                          I''ll be great if I have a list :)

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                      2. Melissa DeWees Nov 14, 2014

                        Suzi do you have a link to the instructions you are going to put with this as I would love to do the same for my kids?? Any ideas on where you found all these pieces?

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                        1. Suzi More Nov 17, 2014

                          Hi Melissa,

                          I used LDD Lego Digital Designer to make the instructions for the Candy Dispenser build.
                          In order to view them you would need to download the application from the LEGO.com website. It''s a new application for me so I am still learning about it. If you have or decide to get the application I can send you the files/directions. I printed out the directions...but it was quite a few pages. If it''s the best way to connect for that?

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                          1. Rena Nov 24, 2014

                            Hi Suzi,

                            Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for We are having a for 1 last update 2020/06/01 handmade Christmas this year and these would be great gifts for my son to make his cousins.We are having a handmade Christmas this year and these would be great gifts for my son to make his cousins.

                            I''re big Lego fans, but have yet to get this involved. I appreciate your step-by-step tutorial. You make it look so easy. :-) Thanks so much for inspiring me to make this with my kids.

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                            1. Renata Nov 13, 2014

                              Amazing! Think I''re gonna try dispensing yoghurt coated raspberry drops.

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                              1. Ariana Nov for 1 last update 2020/06/01 21, 2014Nov 21, 2014

                                This is just about the neatest thing I''s not clear exactly what pieces are needed. Also, the sides should be staggered for strength (instead of 2x1''s and then replace half the 6x1''s and 2x1''m ordering the pieces today! In the 1 last update 2020/06/01 step 3, I''d check Bricklink and see if they have them.This is just about the neatest thing I''s not clear exactly what pieces are needed. Also, the sides should be staggered for strength (instead of 2x1''s and then replace half the 6x1''s and 2x1''m ordering the pieces today! In step 3, I''d check Bricklink and see if they have them.

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                              2. Lyn Nov 22, 2014

                                Do you have a supply list for the original version on this post?

                                I''m one of those "". I''ve seen in the past few years more girls getting interested in LEGO. Which I see nothing wrong with. It''s

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                                1. Margaret Dec 30, 2014

                                  my nine year d son and I built this last night. We were able to follow your instructions quite easily and made a few minor modifications to work with what we had. It works great and my son is thrilled!

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                                  1. peasblog Jan 1, 2015

                                    Thank the 1 last update 2020/06/01 you for sharing this!!Thank you for sharing this!!

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                                    1. Carolyn Jan for 1 last update 2020/06/01 1, 2015Jan 1, 2015

                                      Hi! I just wanted to say thank you for posting this cool project. My 8 year old daughter and I built one this afternoon. I found this project on Pinterest and I''t despair! We didn''m trying to figure out how to dispense just one candy at a time (or a set number of candies similar to a commercial candy dispenser) but for now, we''m going to need to figure out all the pieces needed and get those ordered.. they should just make it a kit and sell them like that. So much easier.

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                                      1. Joan Jan 17, 2015

                                        Is it possible for you to list a complete list of each part needed. I would like to put together two kits of just the pieces and instructions to send to a couple lego fanatics. These projects are awesome!

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                                        1. panda Jan 18, 2015

                                          paint steves face pink!

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                                          1. Jenetta Penner Jan 18, 2015

                                            Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for This is really a cool project! Would love to do this with my 2 young daughters!

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                                            1. Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Denise Jan 23, 2015

                                              I made this with my daughter and we love it! Only problem was that we can''s not big enough :) I think I might also add a hinged lid for easy refills.

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                                              1. Shirley May 7, 2015

                                                I will be having my grand kids here for the summer. will love to make these with them. Do you have a list if the parts?

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                                                1. Lexi Michelle Aug 5, 2015

                                                  Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for This is super cool! I loved Legos as a for 1 last update 2020/06/01 kid & I know my son will too! It took me FOREVER to find this original post (it''s Day. We had to substitute some of the pieces and it''s favorite!This is super cool! I loved Legos as a kid & I know my son will too! It took me FOREVER to find this original post (it''s Day. We had to substitute some of the pieces and it''s favorite!

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                                                  1. Kirsten Hobbs Jul 2, 2016

                                                    Awesome! I love making these.

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                                                  2. Vanessa Schroer Aug 7, 2016

                                                    Yeah, it worked!! We made our own version with the pieces we had ☺ Unfortunately can''s easy to build

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                                                    1. Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Eliza Jolie Feb 22, 2017

                                                      So cool! I tried it and it is the best thing since sliced bread!

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                                                      1. Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Cindy deRosier Jun 18, 2017

                                                        I''d love for you to submit them. Thanks for a great project idea!

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                                                        1. Liz Nov the 1 last update 01 Jun 2020 25, 2017Nov 25, 2017

                                                          I just finished making this and it was sooo fun I totally recomend it!!!!! ???????

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                                                          1. Emily Hurst Grant Feb 11, 2020

                                                            This project was fun! I highly recommend this for kids!

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