Making of a Conservatory on the Cheap!

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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:
Suggested materials:
  • Frames   (Dollar Tree)
  • Hardware   (Dollar Tree)
  • Cardboard   (had on hand)
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  • Marty Olson Marty Olson on Sep 19, 2017
    Would definitely try this! Great idea! Question, the roof on hinges in order to get inside to decorate? Love this!

  • Loy27389853 Loy27389853 on Nov 05, 2017
    What have you used on the ends or are they completely open

  • Merry Merry on Oct 17, 2020

    What did you use on the sides of the roof ? Poster board? I love this idea

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  • Thank you so much 😀

  • Joanie Joanie on Dec 09, 2020

    Clever and so pretty. Elegant lookin' with that PEARL cane. I love that!!

    • Awe thank you so much!  I love my pearl candy cane too!  I took a candy cane (yep, real one, can't draw worth a lick) drew one line following the outside curve, laid wax paper over, then used E6000 and glued bead to bead following the line. Came off the wax paper OK, but wish I would have had a cellophane sheet. Afterwards, I thought I should have strung them gluing in between. Oh well, was working with what little brain function at the time! LOL