Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Gumball Terrarium

Red Hen Home Gumball Terrarium 9

Once upon a time I found a treasure at Goodwill.  A red metal gumball machine (a reproduction, not a vintage one), and it liked me and needed to come home with me. 

Red Hen Home gumball machine

It came home and sat in my closet for a month or two, until I started redoing my son’s room with accents of red.  You may have seen it on his dresser, although nothing was in it!

Red Hen Home Handbuilt Bedroom Dresser 5

I don’t know how it happened, but one day inspiration struck!  I swear I heard a whisper on the wind…"I want to be a terrarium!”

When I was a little girl, my mother had a terrarium that was one of those big glass jars turned on it’s side and made to look like a pig.  I used to think it was so cool!  But a gumball machine…even cooler!

I started by taking everything apart.  At that point I was committed, because I couldn’t remember how to put it back together.

Red Hen Home Gumball Terrarium 1

I raided my kitchen cupboards for something with which to make a waterproof bottom.  The likely candidates:

Red Hen Home Gumball Terrarium 2

The whipped topping container won out!  I cut it down, drilled a hole in the middle, and squished it into the bottom of the gumball machine.

Red Hen Home Gumball Terrarium 3

I used waterproof silicone sealer to seal the edges and the hole in the middle.

Next step was to fill it up!  I put a layer of small gravel on the bottom, followed by activated charcoal (apparently it inhibits mold growth and odor—both big pluses in my book).

Red Hen Home Gumball Terrarium 4

Next came the dirt, and the plants!  I searched on the Internet for low-light terrarium plants, and then got some help at a greenhouse to find them.  My son’s room doesn’t get a lot of sun on the best days, and in Seattle, there aren’t that many bright days period

Red Hen Home Gumball Terrarium 11

I could have spent a lot of money on cute little accessories for my my son’s terrarium.  I found all sorts of cute miniatures meant for fairy gardens that wanted to come home with me!

Red Hen Home Gumball Terrarium 8

I limited myself to one small turtle on a rock.  My five-year-old thought he was real, and then she wanted a terrarium of her own!

Red Hen Home Gumball Terrarium 10

I think his dresser looks much happier with a touch of green, don’t you?

Red Hen Home Gumball Terrarium 6



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Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, that is SO cute!

Homeroad said...

Korrie that is so adorable! I used to have one of those but I gave it too goodwill years ago... hmmmm, maybe I could get it back? LOL!

Cassie Bustamante said...

LOVE this! saw a gumball machine at a yard sale this weekend and kicking myself now!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

So cute and clever Korrie!

wisp said...

Such a creative idea! I think it's awesome. :) And the turtle is just the right touch. ;)

SImple and Serene Living said...

Great idea, Korrie. My daughters gave me a terrarium a few years ago, but I immediately killed the plants. Sigh!!!

Hetty said...

Really cute and creative! I am on the look out for a gumball machine.

Ali Richardson said...

SOOOOOOOO cool!!! Love this :)

Full Circle Creations said...

Love it!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

What a creative idea! LOVE the little turtle in your gumball terrarium!

Diane said...

Cute, cute, cute! I love miniature gardens and this brilliant idea I may have to copy.

Audra @ Renewed Projects said...

this idea is so fun and awesome! I love it!

Rachel said...

That is darling! I can remember when I was in grade school and we brought big glass milk jars to school, went on a field trip, and made our own terrariums out of the local fauna. I still remember that field trip because I enjoyed it so much and loved having my own terrarium.

I need to build myself a greenhouse.......

My Repurposed Life said...

Korrie--how cute is your terrarium! super cute and clever repurpose!

thanks for linking up to ccc.

catching you!

Pam said...

Love it....makes a great birdfeeder also. Nice job.

kellythom747 said...

this is fantastic especially since i have one ready to make- love it