Monday, November 24, 2014

Gumball Machine Snow Globe


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You guys, is this not the cutest thing?  A gumball machine snow globe.  I'm telling you...RUN!  Do not walk...to your nearest thrift store, discount store, antique mall, somewhere that you can find a gumball machine to make this project.  It is so easy.

I saw this idea on Pinterest after I found my gumball machine at the thrift store a while back.  I was searching for a project that I could use it for when I came across the idea.  There are a few versions of gumball machine snow globes but I liked the miniature trees and deer theme the best.

Here's how I did it.  It's super easy.

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Begin with one gumball machine ;)

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Remove the top and then remove the nut (shown) so that you can remove the gray plastic ring.  This will make it easier to add things to the globe.

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See what a nice big opening you have now :)

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Since I was going to be adding the fake snow, I didn't want too much of it to fall down into the mechanism so I added a white paper towel to block the opening.  

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Headups...I thought fake snow was pretty common but I checked Walmart, Dollar General, and the Dollar Tree before giving up (and wasting more gas).  I searched online to see if Michaels or Hobby Lobby carried it.  I did find it at Hobby Lobby.  
You could also use Epsom Salt which is fairly easy to find.


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You can add any number of things to your globe.  I chose to add a couple of tiny trees and a moose? deer?  Not exactly sure which but he's definitely cute.  I hot glued the bottoms of each to hold them in place.  And the top of the tall tree?  Not a problem, the gumball machine top has a dome shape so it fit perfectly.  Once your items are in, sprinkle in the snow and add the plastic ring and top back on. It's done!

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If you've been reading The Altered Past for a while, you know I love different versions of snow globes.  Most recently, I made a snow globe picture.  You can read that post here.

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And, a couple of years ago, I made these Anthropologie inspired mason jar snow globes.  You can read that post here.

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Just think of the possibilities...from mason jar, salt shaker, gumball machine, and shadow frame.  What will you make one from?  I'd love to hear!!

Thanks for stopping by and God bless!
Angie

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8 comments:

  1. YES!!! This is the cutest thing ever! Love that bright red color - this will make a decor impact anywhere you place it. Now, I really want a gum ball machine!!

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  2. Angie! Omg I'm loving thus so much! Super cute! Running to the store right now!

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  3. How cute is that Gumball Machine Snow Globe!!! Adorable. Ok I need to be on the hunt now...lol. Have a great day, Lisa

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  4. What wonderful ideas to use gumball machines and salt and pepper shakers as a dry snow globe. So pretty! I love your hot cocoa sign for 25cents. Adorable.

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  5. Thanks ladies! This time of year is a good time to be looking at holiday gift sets that may have a gumball machine...like Jelly Belly, M & Ms, etc!

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  6. Love this idea! Here's my home tour: http://mandyandconner.com/2014/09/16/home-tour-the-downstairs/

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