How to make a mini-greenhouse

You will need

  • Wooden wine box
  • 1 sheet of acrylic
  • Wood stain
  • Exterior glue
  • Two small hinges and a wooden door knob
  • 4m strip of half-round moulding
  • Hammer and saw
  • Stanley knife
  • Screwdriver and four wood screws
Do it: all year round
Takes just: 3 hours

Overview

A wall-mounted mini-greenhouse will protect seedlings and cuttings from cold weather without taking up too much space. You can make your own mini-greenhouse, using an old wooden wine box and an acrylic sheet.

How to do it

Tapping out one end of wine box

1Using a hammer, gently tap out one end of the wine box and remove any nails. Keep the end section as you will need to use it later.


Sawing the side of the box

2Make a sloping roof by measuring 3cm down from the top front corner of each side of the box and drawing a straight line from there to the top back corner. Cut along each line, using a handsaw.


Sticking wooden strips to the side of the box

3Cut off two 1.5cm strips from the end section of the box that you removed earlier. Glue one strip halfway up each side of the box to create a shelf support. When the glue has dried, paint the box and the strip of half-round moulding.


Cutting the acrylic sheet

4Using the dimensions of your wine box as a template, cut out pieces of acrylic sheet for the door, roof and shelf of your greenhouse with a Stanley knife. Allow a small overhang for the roof.


Sticking moulding to the acrylic

5Cut strips of half-round moulding to fit around the edges of the acrylic door and roof and glue them in place.


Attaching hinges to the door

6Glue the roof in place. Once it has dried, rest the box on its back and attach the hinges to the main casing using the wood screws. Attach the hinges to the door. Glue the door knob in place.


Adam's tip

Large wine merchants often give away unwanted boxes.
If you need more space, hang two or three boxes together.



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muddyfeet1 24/11/2011 at 15:27

Really like this idea, useful and looks good too!

cinderfordrfc 24/11/2011 at 15:27

pretty cool, i like it and really useful.

amba80 24/11/2011 at 15:27

fab, now i have a use for all the spare wine boxes atfer moving house!

Rose13 24/11/2011 at 15:28

Looks great but I'm a female who has never done carpentry so I think it's a no no for me :(

AlisonHarding 24/11/2011 at 15:29

I love this idea. I'm totally going to try it. Also I think this will look good along my fence if I make a few of them.
I cant wait to make them! just gotta find me some wine boxes and acrylic!

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