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Monday, December 6, 2010

I Did It! I Did It!

I have wanted a conservatory/display case/terrarium 
or whatever you call it forever!
After seeing how to make one with old picture frames in 
 Country Living Magazine, 
 I thought I may have a chance at making one.

I hit the Dollar Tree for picture frames - 4 each - 8x10s and 5x7's
I picked up braces, hinges, there too!.

I didn't do it exactly like they did, 
I wanted a "rougher" look so I used 
corner brackets to hold the frames together.

Looking good, all four sides are together.

Now they didn't put a bottom on it,
 but I wanted to be able to move it and it's contents should I need to.
I didn't have wood (besides it would make it heavier) 
so I used my all purpose cardboard! LOL
Tacked it to the bottom and
voilĂ !

I debated whether to add the sides to the roof.
I've seen them both ways.
But the extra cardboard was sitting there looking at me so I did.
Of course, they used real boards ;)

All together!
Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.
It didn't "fit" exactly right,
when the roof closed it wouldn't close all the way down on the frame.
But a small hook and nail fixed that!

Painted white, of course.

You can see a "line" in the cardboard, but it doesn't bother me....
I'm NOT a perfectionist! LOL

Now ready to decorate for the Season!

My Bottle Brush Trees and a Snowbaby seem right at home

Add a couple Bottle Brush Wreaths, snowflake, pearl Candy Cane
and Prism and there you have it.

I'm really happy with the way it turned out.
And much cheaper that buying one ♥

And I can change it out with the seasons :)

Oh and don't forget the faux snow!!

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  1. Oh, my gosh, Deb, that is just gorgeous! Love it with those pretty bottlebrush trees and all!

  2. This is beautiful Deb! How crafty!
    xo Catherine

  3. Adorable! Now, how much are you going to sell these for? I bet you could!

  4. I've seen these on the BH&G website and they've been on my agenda too. Yours is fabulous...looks better than my original inspiration.

  5. That is so cute! You did an amazing job. I love the decorations...congrats on your talented creation!

  6. OMG Deb...This is truly fabulous! You are so creative.. The vintage decor inside is a dream!

    Take care,

  7. How cute! Totally thrifty and you could probably use it year round for different holidays. I will definitely have to keep this in mind!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

  8. I can't believe you even thought of making one of these, let alone ACTUALLY made one!



  9. How very cute. You are definately a creative gal and I have just become a follower. My post at BNOTP is next to your and I'm hoping you will stop by.

  10. I Love conservatories !, Can't believe you actually made one, Impressive!! :~) It came out Really Great. You're going to have lots of Fun playing with it. I Love it, Great Job!

  11. Soooo adorable! Whimsical and easy to care for too! I'd hate to put this creation away at year end!


  12. What a great idea. I'm definitely adding this to my list of "Things to make in the new year"!

  13. Yours turned out fabulous. I was going to make one, but have never gotten around to it. I love how you decorated it for the holiday season.

  14. What a cute little house you made. I really enjoyed this post. I made a small one for my garden out of old windows and it is much the same only about 3 feet tall!

  15. LOVE this, Debra! Featured at Retro Repin! Hope you stop by and link up again. :)
    ~ Robin

    1. Thank you Robin! Hoping to stop & link up again also ♥


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