How to Make a DIY Mini Greenhouse

Getting Started

Inside view of greenhouse
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Plants breathe life into a home, adding beautiful colors and textures that only add to your home decor. This project takes a love of plants to the next level by going one step beyond potting them and making a little greenhouse to place them in. There are a few ways you can do this to achieve a similar look and it sort of depends on the materials you have available.

You need to choose whether you want to do this project with real or faux plants. Here's the lowdown: if you decide to do this project with real plants you need to either be able to water them in the container (so it should be waterproof) or you'll need to be able to remove the plants to water them. Most pretty glass containers aren't waterproof, which is why we suggested using faux plants instead. You also have to think about the heat in an enclosed container as well, too much heat or humidity can kill your plants. No mess, and no worries about the plants not lasting and spending money to replace them. The general design element can be similar for both though!

Gather Your Supplies

Supplies for the greenhouse
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We're doing the faux version but you'll need the same things if you decide to use real plants. The only extra supplies you'll need for real plants are soil, fertilizer, and a shovel or trowel. Here are the rest of the materials you'll need for this project:


  • A glass container or any type of container you want to use
  • Decorative stones (real plants will need soil too)
  • Larger stones
  • Faux plants
  • A branch or sticks
  • Fake moss

Create Your Base Level

Stone layer of greenhouse
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You're going to want to place something in the bottom of your container as a base level for your plants (either real or faux). If you're using real plants this will be your soil layer. Then you can top the soil with decorative stones. If you're using faux plants you can skip right to the stone layer. If you're using a fragile container, just be cautious when you're adding stones; you don't want to accidently chip the glass.

Add Your Plants

Adding succulents
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Choose your plants wisely! You want to make sure if you're using the real version that the conditions work for them and if you're using faux you want to make sure you're a quality version that looks as real as possible. You'll also want to incorporate different colors and shapes for a more collected feel. If they're real, bury your plants into your dirt layer, for faux plants you can just nestle them into the stones.

Add Finishing Touches

Adding finishing touches
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This might be the best part, especially if you were really into dioramas in school. This is basically the grown-up version of that. Now that you've got your main plants in, you can add cool decorative touches like stones, fake moss, shells, or sticks to add a little something extra. Once you're satisfied with the look and feel, you're all set. You just need to find the perfect place to put it. While these do take up a little more space than a potted plant, it might just be the perfect touch for that blank corner. Just keep any glass variations of this project where pets and little ones can't get to them.