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DIY Picture Frame Tray Garden

By: Purely Katie
May 8, 2017

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DIY Picture Frame Tray Garden
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Do you love succulents but can't keep them alive and don't have the time to take care of them?  Well, today I am sharing a solution with this easy DIY Picture Frame Tray Garden.  This tray is made with a thrifted frame, artificial plants, and Patio Paint.  You can display this long-lasting tray garden inside on a coffee table or outside on your patio.

Items needed:

  • Patio Paint 2oz - Summer Lilac
  • Patio Paint 2oz - Pansy Purple
  • Picture Frame
  • Paint Brush
  • Hardware Handles - 2
  • Rag
  • Artificial Moss and Succulents


Gather your supplies.  I bought all of the items listed above at my local craft store except the picture frame.  I bought the frame from a local thrift store for a quarter.

Instruction #1 - DecoArt Patio Paint Project
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I removed the glass and wood insert from the picture frame and used a piece of heavy duty sandpaper to remove the wood finish.  Take a piece of cloth and dust the wood before painting.  I discarded the glass.

Instruction #2 - DIY Picture Frame Tray
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Next, I applied a couple of coats of Patio Paint in Pansy Purple with a brush or sponge.  Allow each coat to dry completely before applying additional coats.  Once this color has dried it is a very dark purple.  Allow to dry for 72 hours.  Patio Paint can be used indoor or outdoor and is a scuff-resistant acrylic.  It's self sealing and fast-drying.  Just use soap and water for clean up.

Instruction #3 - DIY Tabletop Garden
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To add some texture and the look of a white-washed affect, I applied a very small amount of Patio Paint in Summer Lilac which is a lighter purple with a clean white cloth.  Set the wood insert aside to let dry.

Instruction #4 - Tabletop Garden Ideas 25
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While the wood is drying, I screwed two drawer pulls to the picture frame.  I found these black handles at my local craft store.  By adding handles it gives the look of a serving tray.

Instruction #5 - DIY Serving Tray
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Finally, I put the picture frame back together with the cardboard back and wood insert.  I added artificial moss and succulents in the cut-out square spaces in the wood insert.  This DIY Picture Frame Tray Garden is great for keeping succulents around for a very long time.  You can place this tray inside or outside to give you space a nice fresh pop of color and botanical feel.

Instruction #6 - DIY Succulent Garden56
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