One of the biggest struggles with city living is limited nature. Here at B+C we like to counteract our (mostly) cement living with camping trips and indoor plants everywhere. Unlike some of my coworkers, I can safely say I don’t have a green thumb. I love plants and flowers but constantly forget to water and take care of them. Whoops! That’s why I stick with my favorite desert plant — the succulent. Follow along below to learn how to amp up your indoor garden space with a terrarium made completely out of picture frames!

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Materials + Tools:

  • (2) 8 x 10 picture frames
  • (2) 8 x 6 picture frames
  • (3) 5 x 7 picture frames
  • hot glue gun
  • box cutter
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Instructions:

  1. Remove unwanted backs from picture frames using a box cutter.
  2. Take out the backs of the frame and hot glue the glass into the frame.
  3. Hot glue the edges of the 8 x 10 frame to the 8 x 6 frame to create a box.
  4. To create the top of the terrarium, glue the five-inch side of the three smallest frames together to create a bridge structure.
  5. Finish off the terrarium by gluing the top of the terrarium to the base.
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Our smallest picture frames had plastic backs used to hang on the wall — great if you were using it as a conventional frame, but not so great for your see-through terrarium. Use a box cutter to remove the unwanted pieces.

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Remove the back of the frame and hot glue the glass into place. Glue the glass back into all four frames on the base of the terrarium.

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Use a hot glue gun, E6000 or super glue to attach the frames together to create a box.

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Glue the smallest frames together on their longest edge. Hold the frames in place so they can dry in a bridge structure.

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Hot glue the top section of the terrarium to the base, then fill with your favorite plants.

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PS: Just don’t forget you still need to water the plants ;)

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DIY Production and Styling: Kelly Bryden
Photography: Kurt Andre