Today’s thrift store makeover challenge is something REALLY different for me! No painting involved and the only tool I used was my trusty hot glue gun! Around Christmas, I saw some old gumball machines turned into cute snow globes. Then I saw one with succulents planted in it. So I thought I would mix the gumball machine trend with the fairy garden trend! All I needed was a gumball machine. I’ve NEVER seen one at a local thrift store but amazingly on my next thrifting trip to Goodwill, there it was! And only $2.99!
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The Thrift Store Makeover Challenge Rules:
- Upcycle an item from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
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Supplies for Gumball Machine Fairy Garden
- gumball machine – I found mine at Goodwill but there are LOTS on Amazon. I found this mini one for around $5.00.
- reindeer moss
- fairy garden miniatures – Again, there are LOTS of fairy garden sets on Amazon. Here’s the set I bought.
- detail glue gun & hot glue sticks
How to Make a Fairy Garden in a Gumball Machine
I had never seen the inside of a gumball machine so I thought I’d take a picture just in case you, like me, was wondering how to take it apart. That nut in the center screwed off and the gray plastic piece was holding the glass globe down. Once the nut was off everything easily came apart.
Glue the reindeer moss to the base, building up a little at the back.
Then play with the fairy garden miniatures until they’re where you want them.
Replace the glass globe and gray plastic piece, then screw the nut back on.
Once the top is screwed back on your simple gumball machine fairy garden is complete!
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Thanks for reading. Originally published March 23, 2017. Featured on: Crafty Moms Share, Earth Day Ideas.
‘Til the next project,
Ann @ Duct Tape and Denim