Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Dollar Store Frame Terrarium

I finished this project over a month ago and I've been going nuts waiting to share it with you.  Christmas happened and I was overwhelmed with ornament projects so it had to wait.  Believe it or not, I got everything I needed for this project at the 99c store. Even the laser cut oval frames.  Just in case your store doesn't sell them, they are still very reasonably priced at most craft stores.  One suggestion, make sure to use E-6000 Glue when you put this together because it's waterproof. These little terrariums can trap moister which is not great for water based glues.  Remember, glue things together, paint them bright colors and always Make Your Mark!
The perfect way to protect all of my starter plants!

So chic!
Watch how I made them here
E-6000 Glue
6 identical dollar store frames
Laser cut frame
Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in Revive
DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Gold Rush
Clamps (you could use tape)
1.  Remove the glass stays, glass and cardboard from the frame
2.  Glue and clamp the base of the terrarium using E-6000 Glue
*Two frames vertical and two frames horizontal
3.  Glue and clamp the "roof" together as shown
4. Glue the roof on the base of the house with more E-6000, clamping it in place until it dries
5.  Cut off the ends of the laser cut from to cover the gable of the terrarium
6. & 7.  Sand and paint them with the Chalky Finish
8.  Glue the glass panes back into each frame with E-6000 
9.  Touch up as needed
10.  Glue the laser cut pieces over the gables
11.  Add dimension with DecoArt Metallic Luster
12.  Done!

Green and gorgeous!