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DIY Terrarium using Ikea frames

This is the cutest little DIY I’ve ever made, I think! My DIY Terrarium using Ikea frames ! Think about it! It can be filled with so so many things…for fall, for X-mas…winter oh, the possibilities are endless and I love that! It’s a fun little DIY that can be used all year round and looks so darn cute! I love how easy and cheap it is to make one and did I mention that it is so cute!? 

DIY Terrarium using Ikea Frames [kreativk.net] p

Ok, so this idea is not mine, I’ve seen similar like these and really got inspired by Emily from The Wicker HouseHers is so cute and I love how she styled it! So I thought that I really needed this in my living room and wanted to make one myself!

I had these Ikea frames at home, [no affiliate link]  they come in three different sizes and I had 5 of the medium and 2 of the large ones handy! They are pretty simple looking, so I sanded them just a little bit, to give them a distressed look. 

        DIY Terrarium using Ikea frames

DIY Terrarium using Ikea frames [kreativk.net]


DIY Terrarium using Ikea frames [kreativk.net]

Using my hot glue gun, I quickly glued 4 of the medium sized frames together. 

DIY Terrarium using Ikea frames [kreativk.net]

Then I added the last medium sized frame on top, because I wanted to make a second level. These Ikea frames come with a plastic cover, no glass front, so for the top one I used a glass that I had from another frame, I no longer needed and it fit right into this one. I wanted the second level to be able to hold something heavier. 

DIY Terrarium using Ikea frames [kreativk.net]

Next came the “roof” and for that, I used the two large sized frames. Emily had a great tip by simply using duct tape to stick them together on one side, to then be able to fold the roof.

DIY Terrarium using Ikea frames [kreativk.net]

I simply folded the “roof” and placed it on top of the second level, no glueing needed as it stays in place because the two sides are a bit higher. And Voila! My DIY Terrarium using Ikea frames was done!!! 

DIY Terrarium using Ikea frames [kreativk.net]

Now to the fun part! The deco! I think I could decorate this baby over and over each day, lol, I enjoy it so much! For now, I used all faux fern and succulent in little jars. 

DIY Terrarium using Ikea frames [kreativk.net]


DIY Terrarium using Ikea frames [kreativk.net]

I added a thin string of led lights to it and it looks really dreamy at night….

DIY Terrarium using Ikea frames [kreativk.net]


DIY Terrarium using Ikea frames [kreativk.net]


DIY Terrarium using Ikea frames [kreativk.net]

So friends, this was my DIY Terrarium using Ikea frames and I am super happy with it! Thank you Emily for the inspi! Thank YOU for stopping by the blog and visiting, I appreciate it! Have a lovely day!

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      Thanks so much Audra!

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      Hi Sarah Eliza, Thank you so so much! I’m happy you like it!

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          Yay, that is awesome Sam, Thank you!! 🙂

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      Nikki, it does fit in here quite well and I can’t wait to decorate it again, lol! The slider is fun, hey? Thanks so much! I’m happy with it!!

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      Yes! Can you imagine what it would be to decorate this for Christmas, how much fun! Can’t wait… Thanks so much Debbie!

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      Hi Carol! Thanks, this is a real cute DIY and the nice thing is that it can be redecorated all year. I don’t have that much room either, so I could imagine a small one being so nice too.

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      Oh how cool, I’d imagine this in different colours also really fun for kids to put their plants in, now you got me thinking…;) Thanks Claire!!!

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      Thanks so much friend! I love this project and can’t wait to redecorate it, lol!! The lights make it extra dreamy, hey?

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    I love terrariums and yours is perfect, especially using faux ferns and succulents that I can’t destroy! It looks so cute with the tiny lights glowing. I know I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating- you have the most kreative mind and artistic talent. You have made this project doable, even for me. Thank-you for this lovely post, as always.

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      Hi Ellen! I’m always happy about your comments, you’re so kind! This idea wasn’t mine, I’ve seen several on Pinterest, but always wanted to try out my own…. the second level was my idea, but it might be out there too, I’m not sure. I really enjoyed this little project, I love that I can decorate it over and over! And yes, even faux succulents or plants look great in it, hey? Wishing you a lovely weekend my friend & Thank you for your kind words always!

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    Such an original, gorgeous idea. You are going to have soooo much fun changing the decor and the lights look amazing. Love it!!

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      Yes, I can’t wait, could decorate it already over, lol! Thanks Michelle!

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      Thanks friend! Yes, this is such a nice project Lynn, you can built so many different versions too and then not to mention all the deco at the edn! Love it a lot! Now I’m thinking of making one a bit bigger maybe for outside…

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    Oh my, your creativity is over the roof on this one. What a brilliant way to create a terrarium. No power tools, nails or sharp objects. I can definitely get on board with this one. And yu filled it with the prettiest things. I love those little lights in there. Katrin, you are going to be decorating this terrarium for a long time to come.

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      Mary, I think I enjoyed this little project like no one before, lol, so much fun and yes endless deco possibilities, just what I love! Thanks for stopping by!!!

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    This is adorable! I’m not that crafty but I think even i could make this

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      Thanks!!! Pat, this is so so easy, I’m sure you’d have fun!