How to Make a Mini Tabletop Greenhouse

If you thought that the only way to get your own greenhouse was to build a massive structure in the backyard, think again! This blog post will teach you how to make a mini tabletop greenhouse that’s perfect for displaying plants and home decor.

This unique and inexpensive DIY project makes an excellent home decor piece for displaying your indoor plants. So grab your supplies and let’s get crafting!

Money plant leaves peaking through the roof of a tabletop greenhouse.

My indoor plant “garden” is growing!

From propogating to transplanting, my plants are getting the star treatment these days!

What started as one “pandemic plant” has grown (literally) into a bevy of various plants that are scattered throughout the house.

I am always looking for unique ways to display plants.

In fact, check out my indoor plant garden project here!

I see adorable tabletop greenhouses in high end plant boutiques and I love them.

So much so that I decided to make one!

How to Make a Mini Tabletop Greenhouse

I made this project for under $10!

The next time you walk down the photo frame aisle at a dollar store, be sure to grab an assortment of frames!.

Here is what you need!


Photo frame from a dollar store.

The different-sized frames do not have to match and can be different colors. However, the frames within the different sizes should match. For example, the 8 x 10s should match each other but can be a different style or color from the other frames.

Keep in mind…You can play around with different sizes of photo frames to create the silhouette that you want for this tabletop greenhouse. The width of photo frames can vary so you will want to play with what works for your project.

Constructing the Tabletop Greenhoue Frame

To start, remove any packaging, paper, or cardboard from the frames as well as the frame glass. For this project, you will be using only the frames themselves.

Using strong adhesive glue, take an 8 x 10 frame and glue one short side of the frame to the long side of a 4 x 6 frame to create an “L” shape.

Glue the other long side of the 4 x 6 to the short side of the second 8 x 10 frames and then, finally, glue the remaining sides of the frames.

You have now created a rectangular box with the photo frames.

Four frames glued together to create the greenhouse frame.

Use some painter’s tape to hold the glued sides together while the glue dries.

Raise the Roof

Next, take two of the 5 x 7 frames, angle them together on top of the frame box and glue them to the top of the box base, creating one-half of a pitched roof.

Once you get the angled frames glued together, be sure to hold it for a bit as it can slip easily if it hasn’t dried enough. This can be done by yourself but having a helper to hold the angled pieces can be very helpful.

Smaller photo frames glued together at an angle to create the greenhouse roof.

Once the first half of the “roof” is glued and secured, glue the other two 5 x 7 frames to the base to complete the roof of the structure.

Use your glue to connect the frames at all the different connection points. Again, use painter’s tape to temporarily secure the glued sides together.

Let the structure sit for at least an hour to let the glue dry.

The glued frame and roof of the tabletop greenhouse.

House Paint

Once dry, I gave my greenhouse a couple of light coats of Rust-Oleum hunter-green spray paint.

You could paint it any color you want. Green, black, and white are nice neutral colors that will be a great back drop for your plants. However, you could go color-crazy with Christmas red, cobalt blue, or hot pink!

Rust-Oleum Hunter Green spray paint

Tabletop Greenhouse Plant Display

My Chinese money plant usually sits by the kitchen sink and soaks in all of the west exposure sunlight/

But in the colder winter months, she is not as happy sitting beside a cold window.

Tucking her inside the new tabletop greenhouse still gives her bright indirect light but in a warmer spot.

The completed mini tabletop greenhouse.

I placed the greenhouse on a cutting board and added a charming blue and white teapot and two salt and pepper cellars.

You can display all sorts of plants and non-plant items in your greenhouse. Here are some other “filler” ideas:

  • Herbs
  • Succulents
  • Orchids
  • Candles
  • Faux greenery
  • Mini tray or bowl for keys
  • Cell phone charging station
  • Framed photographs
  • Teacups and saucers
View through the roof of the mini tabletop greenhouse.

I love seeing the leaves peek out through the greenhouse roof!

A tabletop mini greenhouse sitting on a kitchen island holding indoor plants.

Who knew it was so easy to make a mini tabletop greenhouse to grow your favorite hobby plants indoors? Now that you have the essential details of how to create a wonderful indoor oasis, why not get creative and make one?

Design it in a way that compliments your home or office space, or gifted to someone close who may enjoy the pleasure of having their own indoor garden. Make one today and find yourself immersed in the joys of nurturing nature’s beauty!


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How to make a mini tabletop greenhouse


    1. Thanks, Jennifer! Fortunately, even with winter light, my pilea loves the kitchen window. So many little plant babies! Thanks so much for stopping by!

    1. Hi MaryJo! Thank you so much for the kind words! This was a super fun (and easy!) project that is perfect for decorating after Christmas! So nice to meet you! (Love The House on Silverado!) Have a great week, MaryJo!

  1. What a fun project, Missy!! This gets me so excited for Spring. I love the green color you chose to paint it. It can be used so many different ways! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity!

    1. Thank you, Rachel! There is just something about green plants that says “Spring!” I’m so glad you liked the project!

  2. I found you from over at Farmhouse Friday link up…I’ve always loved terrariums and your mini greenhouse is beautiful, what a creative idea! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I love this unique craft project, Missy! It’s perfect for Spring!! I am so excited to feature your post at this week’s Tuesday Turn About Link Party. Thank you so much for sharing!

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