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How To Make A Terrarium From Dollar Tree Frames

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This DIY Terrarium is made with Dollar Tree frames and can be completed for under $10!

diy dollar tree terrarium

DIY Terrarium with Dollar Tree Frames

I’ve been on a bit of a crafting whirlwind the past couple of weeks.

My niece’s joint birthday party is coming up, as well as a few other family birthdays.

My oldest niece is amazing with plants and has a total green thumb.

I thought it would be fun to make her a DIY terrarium that she could use to display a few plants or even a larger orchid.

I made a similar version a few years ago using smaller picture frames and it’s always been a favorite dollar store craft.

This time I wanted to go much larger so it would really make a statement, and also hold a few more pieces.

Another idea is to use picture frames to create a DIY card box for a graduation party or wedding.

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close up of terrarium

Here is what you need to make this pretty terrarium:

Supplies Needed For A DIY Terrarium

dollar tree picture frames

You can finish this terrarium in about an hour, minus drying time.

Remove the glass from the picture frames. 

empty frame

Paint the frames with whatever color paint that you like.

I used a really cool suede paint in a neutral color.

You can see how I used suede paint in navy to update a popcorn tin into a planter. 

decoart suede paint

This paint has such great coverage and you only need a coat or two depending on the coverage you are looking for. 

painted frames

Foam brushes come in so handy for these types of paint projects.

I always make sure I have them on hand. Plus you can just toss them when you are done. 

frames glued together

Once the pictures frames are dry, you simply glue the pieces together with E-6000. 

4 picture frames glued together

Create a box with 4 of the frames and then glue the final two frames to the top to create a peak. 

peak of picture frame terrarium

You can leave it as is, or add a bottom. I added a 12×12 marble tile to the bottom securing it with E-6000. 

living room with diy terrarium

Now you just add your plants and you have a beautiful terrarium that would easily cost four times the amount at a home store.

diy terrarium from dollar store frames

If you didn’t want to add plants, you could also add battery operated candles.

I’m so happy with how it turned out and hope my niece likes it.

I’d love it if you would share it with your friends by Pinning the below image:

diy terrarium with picture frames

Thank you for stopping by. Have a great day! 

diy terrarium from dollar store frames

How To Make A Terrarium From Dollar Tree Frames

Yield: 1 Terrarium
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Active Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $10-15

Make your own beautiful DIY terrarium using dollar tree picture frames for under $10! This would make a great gift idea too. Include a live or faux plant for a thoughtful gift idea.


  • 6 - 8x10 Picture Frames
  • E-6000
  • 12x12 Ceramic Tile
  • Paint


  • Paint brush


  1. Remove the glass from each frame.
  2. Paint the frames in your choice of color with a foam brush.
  3. Let dry.
  4. Glue 4 frames together with E-6000 to create a square.
  5. Glue the remaining two frames to the top of the square to form a peak.
  6. Add a 12x12 ceramic tile to the bottom of the terrarium.
  7. Decorate with plants or battery operated candles.

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Scarlet at Family Focus Blog

Sunday 16th of August 2020

How fun. Your terrarium turned out so pretty! What a great dollar store craft!

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