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  • Writer's picture Leigh @ Sage+Hearth Home

$10 And Under DIY Terrarium

Updated: Jun 27, 2019

Yes beautiful home decor can be affordable with just a little work! This project is quick & easy and can be completed in under an hour!

Most of the supplies you may have lying around but if you don't here's what you'll need to complete this terrarium.


- Glue Gun & Glue Sticks

- E6000 Glue

- (6) Frames Any Size

- Chalk Paint & Paint Brush

This project is really simple and super cheap! As you can see from above, you can use them to create beautiful vignettes in your home, or on your porch! I used Dollar Tree frames that I picked up for a $1 each. However you can go to your local thrift store, flea market or Walmart and pick up any style of frames you love. Just make sure they are the same size!

Alright let's heat up that glue gun and get started. First you'll need to remove everything from your frames minus the glass. Don't forget to bend those tabs back to secure the glass to the frame. Now I'll be using hot glue and E6000 together to quickly assemble our terrarium. The E6000 is a stronger glue but it takes up to 24 hours to harden. I'm using the hot glue in addition to the E6000 to speed up the assembly.

Apply a few dabs of E6000 and then a line of glue along the edge of your frame.

Keep repeating this step until you have all four sides of your project assembled.

Once we have all the walls of our terrarium built, we're ready for the roof! This part is a little tricky but easy enough.

I found it was easier to line up how I want my two frames to meet together form the roof. Once I was happy with the look I knew exactly where to apply my glues. Apply your glues to all your pieces and then assemble the roof. Once the glue is set your done! *I added even more glue to the inside seams once I had it assembled.

See that was easy! Now you have a fabulous terrarium to add to your home decor. I think they look fantastic, and if you want to take it a step further you could paint them to match your decor! I used Country Chic Paints to customize mine, they're easy to use, environmentally friendly and dry quick (however use whatever paint you love).

Another fun fact is you can use these to protect your cats from eating toxic plants as well as keeping the kid's from digging in the dirt. 😂 Or you could be like me and use faux plants because you can't keep anything alive!

I used the Terrariums I made by decorating with pots, greenery, and garden books to create this spring themed vignette.

Thank you for following along! Play and have fun decorating with your new house frame terrarium!

I'd love to see what you do with your terrariums, send me photos on Facebook or Instagram! I also have a video on facebook with step-by-step instructions.

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