Making of a Conservatory on the Cheap!

I have wanted a conservatory/display case/terrarium or whatever you call it forever!
After seeing how to make one with old picture frames in Country Living Magazine, I thought I may have a chance at making one.
I hit the Dollar Tree for picture frames - 4 each - 8x10's and 5x7's
I picked up braces, hinges, there too!
I didn't do it exactly like they did, I wanted a "rougher" look so I used corner brackets to hold the frames together.
Looking good, all four sides are together.
Now they didn't put a bottom on it, but I wanted to be able to move it and it's contents should I need to.
I didn't have wood (besides it would make it heavier) so I used my all purpose cardboard! LOL Tacked it to the bottom and voilà!
I debated whether to add the sides to the roof. I've seen them both ways.
But the extra cardboard was sitting there looking at me so I did.
Of course, they used real boards ;)
All together!
Not too shabby, if I do say so myself. It didn't "fit" exactly right, when the roof closed it wouldn't close all the way down on the frame.
But a small hook and nail fixed that!
Painted white, of course. Now ready to decorate for the Season!
My Bottle Brush Trees and a Snowbaby seem right at home. Add a couple Bottle Brush Wreaths, snowflake, pearl Candy Cane and Prism and there you have it.
I'm really happy with the way it turned out. And much cheaper that buying one ♥
And I can change it out with the seasons :)
More photos and info in my blog post:
http://dragonflytreasure.blogspot.com/2010/12/i-did-it-i-did-it.html

Suggested materials:

  • Frames  (Dollar Tree)
  • Hardware  (Dollar Tree)
  • Cardboard  (had on hand)

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