Gumball Machine Succulent Planter

Gumball Machine Succulent PlanterYou guys!  I couldn’t be more excited with how this quick little project turned out!  I’ve had this sweet little white gumball machine for almost two years now.  It has sat on a shelf in my office with gumballs I added to it since I thrifted it at a local Goodwill store.  At Christmas I transformed it in to a sweet snowglobe, you can see it HERE towards the bottom of the post.  So many people went crazy when I showed a sneak peek on Instagram.  I knew as soon as I packed up my holiday decor exactly what I wanted to do with it, so today I’m sharing how I easily created this Gumball Machine Succulent Planter in minutes.

Gumball Machine Succulent PlanterSupplies:

Gumball machine, any size – check local thrift stores if you don’t own one
Fake succulent picks, I found mine at Michaels
Small white pea gravel, I used fish tank gravel

Gumball Machine Succulent Planter

Gumball Machine Succulent Planter

Gumball Machine Succulent PlanterBegin by disassembling your gumball machine.  Unscrew the top lid off.

At this point you can either take out the middle stem of the machine by unscrewing the nut if you don’t want it in your design.  If you remove it you won’t be able to screw the lid back on to the top of the machine, but the lid does sit nicely on top and if it’s not getting bumped a lot it is totally fine.  Otherwise leave it.  I chose to take it out and save it incase I use the machine for something else.

Gumball Machine Succulent PlanterNext you will need to cut a small piece of paper or cardstock to fit inside the well to cover where the candy / gumballs would normally be dispensed.  Replace any of the inside pieces you removed (except the middle stem) so you don’t lose anything.  

Put the glass globe back on the base, carefully holding it in place while you spoon in your small gravel.  Fill the globe as much as you’d like.  

Remove the fake succulents from their long stems.  

While holding the glass globe in place so it doesn’t move, carefully insert your succulents and arrange to your liking.  When you’re done replace the lid and you’re done.

Gumball Machine Succulent PlanterIt turned out so great right?!  I’m seriously crushing on this project.  So what do you think, do you love it?

By the way, do you love the cute Stenciled Wood Box pictured below?  You can check it out HERE, it is another thrift store find turned awesome.  Actually everything in the picture below is thrifted, even the mini cow skull that I gave a little refresh to.  I love a good bargain!

Gumball Machine Succulent Planter

Gumball Machine Succulent Planter

Gumball Machine Succulent Planter

Gumball Machine Succulent PlanterLooking for another cute planter idea?  Be sure to check out my Painted Tin Can Planters, they are another great bargain idea that look amazing.


Painted Tin Can Planters



  1. says

    Oh, my heck! Love the way you used (and reused) your little gumball machine…..
    It’s so sweet with the old truck & Christmas tree, and now a spring succulent garden!
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. says

    Oh em gee! How genius is that? I love this idea and will totally be copying you. I just pulled out an old gumball machine to put on my kitchen shelves and have been hesitant to buy more gum balls since my boys don’t know how to stop at just one. I turn around and it’s empty the next day! But this! Problem solved! Thanks for rockin’ the inspiration!

  3. says

    Wow! It’s a gorgeous succulent planter. The gumball machine is so nice idea. My sister is crazy about succulents and such small garden would be a good surprise for her. Thank you for the idea!

  4. Megan says

    Hello! I absolutely fell in love with this tutorial when you 1st posted, sooo creative and unique. Today I finally thrifted my own Gumball mashine $5, yayyy!! However it was still red so just a quick coat of white spray paint first (; I even already had the white tank rocks. Can’t wait to snag a couple faux succulents to finish her off. Thanks for such an awesome post!! ♡

    • craftedsparrow says

      That’s awesome Megan! I love mine so much, in fact I’m getting ready to swap it out as a Christmas snowglobe with fake snow and tiny bottle brush trees! 😉


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