I love the look of hanging gardens, but I don’t have the space to have a real one. Nor do I have the skills necessary to keep one alive, for that matter. Thankfully, I was able to get the look of a hanging garden on a smaller scale with about $10 worth of supplies from the dollar store. You can make your own mini succulent hanging garden to add some greenery to your home, office, or dorm room!
$10 MINI SUCCULENT HANGING GARDEN
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE A MINI SUCCULENT HANGING GARDEN
My daughter and I took a walk to the dollar store to pick up most of the supplies for this project. Occasionally, the dollar store will have these raw wood frames, but you can also get them from JoAnn or Michael’s for $1. You can use whatever craft paint you have on hand to paint the frame to match your decor!
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- wood craft frame
- craft paint
- foam block (get the WHITE foam not the green)
- hot glue gun
- spanish moss
- faux succulents
- scissors or wire cutters
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HOW TO ASSEMBLE A DOLLAR STORE HANGING GARDEN
Creating this succulent frame is an easy mode craft. You will make a bit of a mess between painting the frame, cutting the foam, and adding the moss, so it is a good idea to protect your work surface before you get started.
Faux Succulent Mini Hanging Garden
- Begin by removing the inserts and metal tabs from the wood frame.
- Paint the frame with craft paint. Let dry.
- Measure the depth of the frame (mine was 1/2 inch), then mark that measurement on your block of foam.
- Cut the foam to this height. Then cut the foam to fit inside of the frame.
I used the insert that came in the frame as a guide, then I trimmed the foam to fit snuggly in the frame.
- Insert the foam into the frame. Glue in place, if needed.
- Remove the faux succulents from their pots, and cut off the stems with wire cutters.
- Working in small sections, hot glue spanish moss to cover the foam.
- Arrange the faux succulents on the moss and hot glue into place.
- Repeat until you like the way your hanging garden looks!
DISPLAYING YOUR MINI SUCCULENT HANGING GARDEN
To have your succulent frame look more like a hanging garden, insert the wood peg “kickstand” into the back of the frame to have it sit up on a table or desk. You can also hang it on the wall like a regular photo frame. The whole piece is fairly lightweight, so you don’t need any special hanging hardware.
You can also lay the succulent garden on a flat surface and use it as a centerpiece for your dining room table or maybe your coffee table. I think it would look great next to a stack of books and a pretty candle. How would you display your mini succulent garden?