Swimming With the Gumballs

Hi there! Scraps, here, with a bit of altered art for the home courtesy of Alchemist Misty!


diy bubble gum machine fish bowl

Misty: I found this idea on the Oh! Crafts blog, via Pinterest.

Supplies Needed:

Terre Cotta pot, with base
Wooden dolls and pins
A round bubble bowl

Instead of spray painting my bubble gum machine, I decided to cover it in a collage of papers from Foreign text for mixed media art and collage. Also instead of using the wooden doll for the handle on the lid I used a little wooden knob I found in the Its All Gravy, Baby! Brown Mixed Media Color Kit. Then I added aqua punchinella around the pot with Mod Podge.

Unfortunately, because of the shape of the pot, I couldn’t put the punchinella on very evenly.  In the end, after the Mod Podge had already dried, I decided I didn’t like the way the punchinella looked and tried ripping it off.  Of course, since it was glued on it wouldn’t come off entirely and left a layer of the punchinella behind.  Luckily, I kind of like the way it looked and decided not to cover it.

punchinella top

From there, I misted the lid and base with color.  Then added trim and gems around the pot, both came from the green with envy color kit. From that same kit I also added some black and green metallic looking flowers towards the top of the pot. Then to top it off I added gold beads from the banana hammock yellow kit, around the lid.

My kids absolutely love these and luckily, they are a lot of fun to make. This particular one holds my son’s betta fish!  Unfortunately, he didn’t like having his picture taken so he’s a little hard to see!


That looks like such a fun project!

Unfortunately, we’re received news that the fabulous fish bowl might have finally been too fabulous for the family fish. Guess he just couldn’t take all that sparkle.


~~In Memoriam~~
Blue the Betta Fish


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11 Responses

  1. lol…love the write up Jenn….and I can’t believe you made that cartoon! AWESOME!

  2. Brilliant gumball ‘machine’, Misty! I’m glad I’m not the only one to be ‘owned’ by my materials – that Punchinella wanted it all it’s own way!! Poor ol’ Blue :o(

    ps hehehehe, Misty in bunny slippers ;D

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  4. The cartoon is the icing on the cake, truly. This is a fantastic project, Misty! I never guessed it was a terra cotta pot on first glance!

  5. What a brilliant idea, super fun.

  6. Super cute, sorry about the betta… did you leave a way for air to get in/out? Bettas breathe air….

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  8. The fish probably died because beta fish need an open top for the oxygen.

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  10. Maybe your fish needed oxygen!

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