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DIY Vintage Gumball Machine Makeover

During one of my thrift shopping trips, I spotted this little red gumball machine. I knew I had to have it! I paint $5.00 for it and that was a year ago….it has just sat in my stock room and I did nothing with it. Yes, I have a whole room filled with thrift store finds, supplies and projects ready to be started or finished, that will be another post in itself. A few days ago I was going through my stock room and ran across the gumball machine again and figured it was time to do something with it. I did just that, I turned it into an entirely different and unique piece!

Here is the before. A traditional red gumball machine.

I love the traditional red, but I wanted something different!

So I grabbed a can of spray-paint and completely transformed it!

It is a totally different piece now, it may not be the traditional red, but I think its gorgeous! You know I couldn’t just stop there, I had to make it even more unique!

Why not make it into a succulent planter?!? As if it wasn’t unique enough, right?

Here is how I made that happen!

Remove the globe to reveal the inside.

I then took a small piece of cardboard and laid it over the hole where the gumballs would usually come out.

Then I added a mix of rocks and mosses, which I got at Dollar Tree.

I used a mix of moss and different color rocks.

Once I had all the moss and rocks in, I started adding succulents into the bottom.

These are not real ones, they are small artificial ones from Dollar Tree.

Here is another view of the succulents. It’s awesome, even without the globe!

It is even better with the globe! Oh my!

LOVE IT! Is this not the cutest thing!?!?

Sorry about the glare, it is hard to photograph glass.

Here it is all finished! It came out AMAZING!! It has a whole new decorative purpose!

This was such a fun makeover! You don’t always have to use an item for it’s intended use!

What do you think, do you like the makeover?


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  1. Looks so good! You did a great job

  2. Sheila Bailey says:

    Beautiful, a little tea lite in this would also be pretty, even a fairy garden, what a neat idea, in your repurpose

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