How to Make a Craft Money Slot Machine

Updated April 17, 2017

Whether you are creating a homemade slot machine for a theme party, a casino style fundraiser, or a play or skit, a model of the gambling device is easily created with many items found in your own home or with a few small purchases at a craft store. Choose a famous game, such as Wild Cherry, for wide recognition. Use photographs of actual casino slot machines for reference and to ensure the craft slot machine you create closely resembles the real machine.

Cover a large box, such as the kind an appliance would ship in, in black paper. The box should be approximately 4 feet tall by 3 feet wide.

Cover the edges of the box with aluminium foil to give them a metallic look.

Draw the Wild Cherry logo on a strip of poster board tall enough to cover the bottom third of the front of the box. Cut out the logo and mount it on the bottom section of the box with glue. The Wild Cherry logo is written in yellow and red, with the "Wild" portion in yellow and the "Cherry" in red. A large cherry with the stem tilted to the left sits at the right side of the "Wild" text, and an upside down cherry with the stem tilted right sits at the left end of the "Cherry" text. The background of the logo is a light brown.

Draw the Wild Cherry gaming screen on a strip of poster board to cover the middle third of the front of the box, leaving a 3-inch gap above the Wild Cherry logo. The gaming screen will consist of three panels with images of cherries, a "7" image or the "BAR" letters, for example. It also includes five buttons. Cut out the sign and mount it on the middle section of the box with glue.

Write in white paint across the strip of black between the Wild Cherry logo and the gaming screen the denominations of cash the machine accepts, such as "This machine accepts 60p, £3, £13, £32 and £65 dollar bills." Cut a slit in the box next to the wording wide enough to fit dollar bills.

Draw the Wild Cherry symbol explanations on a strip of poster board to cover the top third of the front of the box. Cut out the sign and mount on the top section of the box with glue. This relays the possible triple symbols you can achieve in a spin and the amount of money to be won with each. For example, include three images of the Wild Cherry symbol next to each other with a 1000 next to it to indicate how many coins are won. Below the three Wild Cherry logos, include a row of three "7" symbols and a 200 next to it to indicate the winnings.

Cover the styrofoam rectangle in aluminium foil and glue it upright to the left edge of the front of the machine as the machine lever. Paint the styrofoam ball black and glue it on top of the rectangle.

Set a strand of Christmas lights, white or multicoloured, to blink. Tape them around the perimeter of the slot machine using black or silver electrical tape.

Things You'll Need

  • Large box
  • Black paper or poster board
  • Aluminium foil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Poster board
  • Markers
  • Styrofoam rectangle (12 inches tall by one inch wide)
  • Styrofoam ball (one inch in diameter)
  • Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Christmas lights
  • Electrical tape
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About the Author

Michelle Barry graduated from Salve Regina University with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Since then, she has worked as a reporter for the Wilbraham-Hampden Times, an editor for Month9Books and Evolved Publishing, editor and has spent the past seven years in marketing and graphic design. She also has an extensive background in dance.