Dollar Store Picture Frame Terrarium

Alicia W
by Alicia W
4 Materials
3 Hours

Terrariums are hot right now and so are the prices. Using six to eight dollar store picture frames, you can make one for a lot less.

For my project, I purchased four 8" x 10" frames and four 4" x 6" frames.

Begin by removing the back and "picture" from each frame.

Remove the glass.

Add a drop of glue to each corner.

Place the glass back into the frame and allow to dry for an hour.

To make the bottom, run a bead of E6000 glue along the edge of each 8" x 10" frame. Put the frame edges together.

Using Painter's tape , tape each corner after applying glue. Allow to dry one hour.

Using the four 4" x 6" frame, make the roof.

Put a bead of glue along the long edges. Place one edge of the smaller frame onto the edge of the bottom and the other edge along the edge of the other 4" x 6" frame to make the roof's peak.

Put painter's tape on your joints and allow to dry one hour.

Remove the painter's tape and enjoy your new terrarium!

These could also be used outdoors. You could also paint your frames before construction using spray paint.

This is another one I created by using six document frames (like the one to the left of the terrarium). So simple and so cool.

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  • Nancy Nancy on Jul 20, 2019


    Do you think an orchard would do good in one of these? Are what flowers do grow in these?

  • Rosetta Rosetta on Jul 13, 2020

    I have a large mirror with gold trimming on all sides, I think it’s plastic on all sides, I would like to tape up the mirror and paint the sides and corners, what kind of gold spray paint can I use?

  • Lillysgrams71 Lillysgrams71 on Jun 16, 2022

    What type of plants or flowers do best in this?

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  • Emm43169256 Emm43169256 on Jun 04, 2021

    I definitely will try these for my succulent plants.Those are awesome.

  • Doris Frace Doris Frace on Dec 04, 2021

    I love this idea. Can't wait to try this on some of my old frames in attic instead of watching them slowly get broke. Thanks for sharing your ideas.