Home Garden? All About How To Build A Tabletop Greenhouse

Nowadays, we hardly encounter green structures in this concrete world. The trend of gardens and greenhouses is vanishing day by day due to less availability of land. People are creating new ways to bring greenery to the indoors by using tabletop gardens.

A white tabletop mini greenhouse with potted plants

Building a greenhouse in your backyard is quite simple. But, what if you don’t have a garden? Can’t you have a greenhouse? Nope! You do not have to acquire a large piece of land to convert it into your dream garden. You can always bless your home with plants; as for the space, no worries. It doesn’t even matter in the process. Tabletop gardens have made it possible to bring lush green plants and colourful flowers to your lounge without thinking about the growing season, weather conditions, etc. The idea is so popular that people even put soil into a bottle and plant flowers to make a small greenhouse. Doesn’t it sound amazing? In this tutorial, you will learn how to build a greenhouse that will bring life to your old windows, lobbies and living rooms. Let’s begin the ride to explore the process.

How to Build a Tabletop Greenhouse – Step-by-Step Guide

To provide your lounge, drawing room or bedroom with a classical natural green look, all you need is a greenhouse with natural plants in it. Isn’t it satisfying to have plants indoors? 

There are different garden ideas to create this kind of tiny plant home known as a greenhouse. You can make a pallet greenhouse or one made from the trampoline. In this article, we will discuss three ways to set up a greenhouse. Let’s get started with your own greenhouse project!

1. Greenhouse with Picture Frames

As obvious from the name, you can create this greenhouse using picture frames. This will give a more classical and old fashioned look to your place. This DIY style greenhouse is a relatively small project.

a white tabletop mini greenhouse with wheat grass on a white background

You can plant grass garden beds only, or you can use this mini greenhouse tabletop garden to sustain your small kitchen garden too. With a greenhouse, you do not need a backyard greenhouse to grow healthy vegetables and alluring flowers! 

Things You Will Need

  • Picture Frames (Iron or Wood) (two 20×25 cm, two 15×18 cm, and four 10×15 cm )
  • Electric Hot Glue Gun
  • Paint (Spray paint will be better)
  • White Duct Tape
  • Big Rectangular Glass
  • Soil
  • Plants
  • Old Newspaper
  • Plastic Sheet/Trampoline

DIY Steps

  1. The first step is to paint the eight picture frames that you have bought already—separate a frame from the front glass and back cover. Paint the frames with spray, as it will give you the best coverage in less time. You can take spray paint of any colour considering the colour of the walls of your house.
  2. Now place an old newspaper on the floor and put each frame on the newspaper separately. This will protect your floor while the frames dry. Wait until the paint dries up completely.
  3. After drying the paint, make your glue gun ready. Plug in the glue gun and insert the glue rod into the gun. Once the gun is ready, apply glue on the corners of a wood frame and attach glass to that frame with the hot glue.
  4.  The next step is constructing a DIY mini greenhouse. Take a frame with dimensions 15×18 cm. Glue it to the frame of dimensions 20×25 cm. Keep on attaching in the pattern of the box until the box is formed.
  5. Once the box is formed, the leftover art is about creating the roof of the greenhouse. Take the frames with dimensions 10×15 cm, and attach them side by side in two pairs. At this spot, the glue would not hold the roof in a hut shape. To fulfil the purpose, use duct tape to attach these pairs. The roof will have flexibility in this case, and it will allow airflow like a window greenhouse
  6. After making this, take a glass of dimensions compatible with this DIY mini greenhouse. You can simply put clear plastic sheeting on the ground. Put soil in it and plant your favourite plants to sustain indoor conditions and this wooden greenhouse. Your tabletop style, the homemade greenhouse, is ready to serve you with a refreshing view!

2. GreenHouse with a Vase 

For this greenhouse idea, you will need an old vase. The good thing about this is that it does not require much work and is relatively easy. This will serve you as a mini greenhouse and will fit in a small space.

mini greenhouses made of jars on a wooden background

Things You Will Need

  • Vase (You can also use glass globe or kitchen utensil of vase shape)
  • Sand
  • Soil
  • Plants
  • Spray Bottle or Sprinkler
  • Marbles
  • Stones
  • Charcoal

DIY Steps

  1. Take a vase and clean it properly. First of all, place a layer of stones at the bottom of the vase.
  2. After this, place a layer of sand. The layer of sand should be comparatively thicker. Level the sand that you have just added.
  3. After levelling the sand, add a layer of charcoal to the vase. Charcoal is famous for keeping plants alive, healthy and fresh.
  4. The next step is about adding a raised bed of soil to the levelled layer of charcoal. The level of soil should be 5 to 7 cm high.
  5. Dig the soil and place the relatively bigger plants. After placing bigger plants, place another layer of soil.
  6. Now add smaller plants using fingers or chopsticks.
  7. In the end, add to the aesthetics of this vase with marbles and leftover stones. You can place this vase greenhouse on your table or in your window and enjoy the view. You can also use a big soda bottle for a single plant. 

3. Fish Tank Tabletop Greenhouse

For the creation of a fish tank greenhouse, we will use a fish tank or fish aquarium. The process is simpler than others that we have discussed and requires less effort. Moreover, it allows you to use a fish tank of smaller size or an aquarium of larger size or even in between.

a mini tabletop greenhouse made of a fish tank on a wooden background

Things You Will Need

  • Fishbowl or fish aquarium
  • Soil 
  • Rocks
  • Plants
  • Driftwood and marbles

DIY Steps

  1. First of all, choose a fishbowl or fish aquarium depending upon your size preference. Then clean it properly for use.
  2. Then add a layer of rocks at the bottom of the fishbowl. Spread the layer and make it uniformly levelled.
  3. Add a layer of soil after levelling the layer of rocks. Make sure that the layer of soil is thick, creating enough growing space for the plants.
  4. Make holes in the layer of soil and then remove plants from the container carefully. In case of any carelessness, the roots of the plant may die. Place these plants in soil. After placing all plants in the soil, add a thin layer of soil.
  5. After planting, add driftwood and marbles to present proper landscaping.

mini tabletop greenhouse with flowerpots on a coffee table

The thought of enjoying the greenery in your living room after coming from a boring workplace with a hectic day fascinates everyone. The concept of the greenhouse has proved a great help in this regard. These little and handy magic boxes enclose whole plant life in them, presenting a sense of life to your home. 

Craft your tabletop greenhouse design of desired size showing your creativity and love for DIY projects by using our DIY greenhouse plans on how to build a greenhouse! Whether you create a PVC greenhouse, a geodome greenhouse, a CD case greenhouse, a plastic bottle greenhouse, or a trampoline to create a garden greenhouse, you can use the free plans discussed above to have fresh air year-round with your greenhouse.

A few extra gardening tips for your greenhouse: When to start planting seeds in the greenhouse and how to water plants when away.

Happy Creating, Folks!

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