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Modern Farmhouse Faux Wall Garden – Upcycle Craft Project


If you love the look of modern farmhouse-style decor, but don’t want to spend a lot of money, this modern farmhouse (oil pan upcycle) wall garden is a great and affordable option!

This easy project repurposes an oil pan into a unique faux wall garden, perfect for adding a touch of evergreen modern farmhouse charm to your home.

When it comes to upcycling, there is no such thing as thinking outside of the box, because there is no box.

In fact, the more creative you can be, the better! Upcycling is all about taking something that is no longer needed and turning it into something new and beautiful.

For example, modern farmhouse decor is all the rage right now. But instead of buying new, expensive pieces, why not upcycle some old furniture or even some junk around the house? With a little creativity, you can turn even the most mundane objects like this ordinary car oil pan, into stunning pieces of decor!

And the best part is, it’s all super affordable. So let’s get creative together as I share with you my Modern Farmhouse Faux Wall Garden – Upcycle project in just a few easy budget friendly steps

Supplies needed

All of these items came from my local Dollar Tree, except for the spray paint and the E6000 glue. But you actually do not need the E6000 you could get by using the Dollar Tree hot glue gun.

  • Dollar Tree car oil pan
  • Wreath rings set ( they come in a set of 3)
  • E6000 glue and (glue gun if you want)
  • Faux small succulent
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Decorative moss
  • Wooden flowers
  • Removable Wall Decal by Main Street Wall Creations
  • Macrame tissue holder (will use to hang project)
  • White Gloss Rust Oleum
  • Lace ribbon

Step One

Spray paint. Get your oil pan and spray paint. It is fast and easy to do this step. Also take a moment to look at this picture closely. You will see a little while tab at the top you can remove that in this step before painting if you wish. I decided to keep it there to add a little lace ribbon to it!

Time to paint the oil pan. Make sure your oil pan is a new one. You can not beat a Dollar Tree oil pan in price!

Step Two

Get your wallpaper ready.

Take your middle sized metal wreath ring and trace it on the back side of your wall paper.

Next cut out your circle. This will be back backdrop inside your pan to give this wall art a modern pop.

Once your pan is dry, peel and stick your circle to the inside of the pan.

Step Three

Glue your large wreath ring.

The large metal wreath ring fits perfectly on the edge of the pans front face, easy and simple.

Step Four

Glue the Wall holder.

Take this time to glue your macrame tissue holder to the back side of the pan at the top. Glue down the loose hanging strings.

Also I glued the wooden part to the edge of the pan in the back. Let it dry before moving on to the next step.

While it dries you could make your little bow for the whole tab at top if you kept it instead of removing it earlier.

Step Five

Glue the faux garden.

I started with gluing in first the small succulent. We will put the other greenery around it. This will be the center starting point.

I took the green moss and the little pine pieces that came in the same bag and began just gluing them down around the main plant. I took some and covered the oil pan spout.

Just keep on adding in the moss and random other pieces you desire. I wanted it to look full. I love how the wooden flowers look inside. It reminds me of a mini forest.

Step Six

Glue down the small wreath ring in the center of the pan. You could do this at step three if you wish. I wanted to wait and do my center ring later because I wanted to see how my creativity would flow in making my garden scene first and if I would even want to use the ring. But I did use it and it looks great!

Greenery and the color green have been known to evoke feelings of abundance, security, and rest. This is a great craft to help promote that in your home.

By the way, if you are interested in exploring how to have more abundance in different areas of your life check out our post How to Develop an Abundance Mindset.

This faux evergreen garden decor really does give me a feeling of abundance of peace when I look at it! I hope it does you as well!

I think this decor would look great in any room and is such an easy, simple, affordable project to make.

Here are some ideas of places to decorate with your new decor or give as a gift.

  • An office space (work or home)
  • Kitchen
  • Hall way
  • Sunroom porch
  • Bedroom
  • Laundry room
  • Craft room
  • Breakfast nook
  • Dining room
  • Give to your family doctor for their office
  • Give to your child’s teacher
  • Give as a birthday gift
  • Give as a welcome to the neighborhood gift
  • Offer up as a prize at a fundraiser
  • Give as a thank you gift to someone special
  • Make one for a rest home resident

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