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I saw a frame filled with faux succulents at our local furniture store for 35 dollars. I think I can do better using these dollar store succulents ideas.

I understand for most people, they are easy to grow. I can’t grow them at all, so I do faux. The dollar store has fairly realistic succulents. Plus, they have frames, moss, and glue sticks that cost a dollar!

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Materials needed for this dollar store succulent idea

  • Nine Dollar store faux succulents
  • Craft glue
  • Hot glue and glue sticks
  • 5 by 7 Dollar store frame 
  • Bag of moss
supplies for succulent frame ideas
  1. Remove the glass. Remove the backing and glass. 
  2. Replace the backing. Add the backing back into the frame. This little dollar frame has a card stock mat. Add mat back in the frame too.
frame filled with moss for dollar store succulents ideas
  1. Glue the moss. Use the craft glue to attach the moss over the backing of the frame. I didn’t glue moss to the mat. Let the glue dry. 
succulent frame landscape
  1. Hot glue succulents. Warm up the hot glue. Start arranging the faux succulents on the moss. Start with the largest succulents. End with the smallest succulents. When you like the arrangement, hot glue in place. Note: Make sure if you have a tall succulent that is arranged off the frame, you check where the frame stand opens. Otherwise, the frame may not stand well.  You know how those dollar store projects can be! 😉
succulent frame landscape


Make a crate for the frame


Crates are incredibly handy. Large crates make a special place to sit when turned upside down. Turn a crate on the side for an end table. Plus, they hold all our important stuff. They look great even when left empty. Smaller crates hold fresh flowers and candles. A couple of bottles of wine for the table. I use a small one on my nightstand. I laid it on the side and placed my ugly clock inside the crate. I use the top to hold a picture frame. Each morning when I make the bed, I turn the crate, so the ugly clock doesn’t show. All you see is a lovely crate with a frame on top. 

This frame is 5 by 7. If your frame is larger, measure your frame to decide hold long to cut your wood. How deep your crate depends on how wide the wood you use is. My wood is 3 1/2 inches wide. 


Materials Needed for Crate

  • Piece of wood – 1 by 3 1/2 by 30 inches
  • Miter saw or box
  • Wood glue
  • 1 1/4 inch finishing nails
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush 
  • Sandpaper


Cut list for board

2) 7 inches

2) 3 1/2 inches

5 1/2 inches

  1. Cut the wood.
  2. Assemble the pieces. Use wood glue and finishing nails to assemble a box. 
  3. Sand. I like to sand the corners of crates well. This gives them a rustic look.
  4. Paint. Use color to compliment your frame. Or, better yet, age the wood using my favorite technique!!
succulent frame on crate


Other dollar store succulents ideas


Add a collection of wine corks and a black marker. Tie a succulent on the marker with twine. When you share a bottle with friends, mark the date, names, and occasion. Fun conversation starter too,

Place mason jars and fresh flowers. Make a few with a different style of frames to line down the center of the table using succulents in every other crate.  

Use to serve peanuts in the shell on the porch with a small glass vase of succulents tucked inside.

Place floral foam inside to arrange faux flowers among the succulents.

Place an ugly clock inside. The wood crate and a couple of succulents will hide the ugly clock, somewhat!


Succulents remind me of the ice plants on Pismo Beach. What other dollar store succulents ideas have you tried?

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