With so many of us spending more time at home these days, you might be looking for a fun, easy-to-do project for yourself that can even involve your kids and get you outdoors and growing things. A tiny, do-it-yourself greenhouse made from recycled windows will add some color and a little whimsy to your backyard while encouraging you to do some gardening that’s also fun and productive.
Start by collecting some old windows. You may already have some lying around in the basement, garage, or backyard shed that can be repurposed for your greenhouse. No old windows on hand? Try a yard or garage sale, ask friends and family, or try your local recycling center – it’s usually not too hard to find the odd window or two in a variety of places.
Follow these simple steps to build your greenhouse in no time:
- Check your windows for old lead paint using a lead paint test kit, clean them up a bit, maybe repaint them, or leave them as is for a more antique, distressed look
- Screw some 1”x4” inch lumber cut to size onto the bottoms of three windows to create a sturdy base ledge around the bottom of your greenhouse
- Attach three windows together using L-brackets to create the three walls
- Attach the fourth window with hinges to create a door – vintage hardware will add a more antique look
- Add a doorknob or other handle – if you’re going for the antique look, an old cut-glass doorknob would be perfect
- Assemble an A-frame roof using 2”x2” pine lumber screwed together
- Use recycled decorative tin or other flexible sheet metal to add a roof
- Add shelf brackets or hangers inside for flower pots and planters
- Mount your greenhouse to an old table with screws – paint to match if desired
- You’re done!
Now all you have to do to get your garden started is select some beautiful flowering plants that like the sun. You could even add herbs and vegetables to supplement your summer meals. Check out this short DIY Network video to see how quickly and easily your greenhouse can come together.