Ah-ha!  Finally I am participating in a Monthly DIY Challenge again with my bloggy buddies!  It feels like forever since I have partaken in this fun event!

This month it is all about dollar store creations!  How fun, right?  I have to admit though, I waited until the last minute on this project and in doing so, the dollar store did not have all of the supplies needed for my project I had envisioned.  Damn you Dollar Tree!  Or wait, I guess I should be cursing myself as I am the slacker around here that waited until the very last minute to get my supplies needed for a project that has been planned for months…  So with all that said, let’s just say that my dollar store creation went a little beyond just your typical dollar store items and budget.  O-well lesson learned, I need to get crack’n on this stuff earlier!!!

Now on with the project in hand!  I decided to create a faux succulent garden using dollar store frames as the shadow box.  Adding a little twist into the mix by incorporating a votive candle!  Here is how my little succulent garden all came together!

DIY Faux Succulent Garden

DIY Faux Succulent Garden




  • 3 5×7 dollar store frames
  • moss
  • faux succuletns
  • faux twigs
  • paint
  • dark wax (optional)
  • paint brush


It all started with these three dollar store frames.

Dollar sore frames turned shadow box


I painted the frames using Americana Decor Chalky Paint in color primitive with two coats.

Once that was dry I applied some dark wax in certain areas with at lint free cloth to give it a rustic look.

Americana Decor Chalky Painted dollar store frames


Then I glued the sides of the frames together in the shape of a triangle and let it completely dry.  I applied some duct tape to help hold it tightly together while it was drying.

Dollar store frames glued


Of course after gluing it all together I noticed that I forgot to paint the inside…DOH!  So back to painting it was.  Then while waiting for that to dry, I traced around the bottom of the frame shadow box on to some white foam board that I purchased at the dollar store.  Then it cut it out with an x-acto knife.

DIY Faux Succulent Garden step 5


After cutting the triangle shape out, I had an ah-ha moment!  I thought why not add even more spunk to this succulent garden with a flame-less votive candle inside.  So I simply cut a circle in the middle of the foam board that I had just cut for the bottom/base of my succulent garden.  Making it super easy and convenient to turn the votive on and off.

DIY Faux Succulent Garden step 6

DIY Faux Succulent Garden step 7


to make sure it stayed secure I glued it to the bottom. This foam board was an easy and cheap way to close the bottom part of the frames keeping the moss and succulents inside.

Then I added the moss, succulents and a few little branches inside and my faux succulent garden was complete!  I have to say for putting this all together at the last minute, I am pretty happy with how this all turned out!

Faux Succulent Garden

DIY Faux Succulent Garden using dollar store frames

DIY Succulent Planter

Faux DIY Succulent Garden

These Monthly DIY Challenges are so fun!  We have some great ideas lined up for our future challenges so make sure you continue to follow along with all of our blogs so you don’t miss a thing!  To make it even easier to follow along with all our Monthly DIY Challenges, we have created a Pinterest board where we will all pin our projects!


Now lets check out all the other awesome dollar store creations from my friends!

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36 thoughts on “DIY Faux Succulent Garden using Dollar Store Frames – Monthly DIY Challenge

    1. Tara Post author

      Thank you so much, Sarah! I am the same way, I can’t keep any plant alive haha! Although I have managed to keep my succulents alive 🙂


    1. Tara Post author

      Ah-ha! Terrarium! When I was writing my post, I could not for the life of me remember what they were called. I am sure it didn’t help that it was late and I was tired when writing the post. Thanks Bre!


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  3. vicki

    Awesome idea!! I’ve done things like this with photos and those frames but the terrarium idea is new to me — LOVE it!


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  6. kahila

    This is a fantastic idea. But can you tell me where u got the succulents from? As well as the flameless candle. Thanks a bunch!!!


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  10. Anna

    Awesome idea!! I’ve done things like this with the same small plants or Chinese bamboo and those frames but this terrarium idea is totally new for me…I am gonna try it!!!


  11. Marcia Bunnell

    I love this idea for a terrarium and the candle was the perfect touch. Great job. Did you find the candle at the dollar store too?


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