DIY Seedling Greenhouse Ideas

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Recreate these awesome DIY seedling greenhouses this spring, even before the frost melts away.

DIY Seedling Greenhouses Anyone Can Do

What is a greenhouse? A structure or shelter (usually made of transparent material) where plants are kept for the purpose of giving them ideal climatic conditions.


1. Egg Carton Greenhouse

Egg Carton Seedlings | DIY Seedling Greenhouse Ideas
Egg Carton Greenhouse Photo by Survival Life


Fill up the egg cartons with potting soil before planting your seeds. As to how deep the seeds will be planted will depend on its size. The bigger the seed, the deeper it goes.

Palram Nature Series Mythos Hobby Greenhouse - 6' x 8' x 7'- Silver

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  • Virtually unbreakable 4 mm twin-wall polycarbonate panels block up to 99.9% of UV rays and diffuse sun light eliminating the risk of plant burn and shade areas
  • Rust resistant aluminum frame with 48 sq. feet of growing space
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2. Plastic Bottle Greenhouse

Another do-it-yourself greenhouse for your seed starters is by using empty plastic bottles. Don’t just throw them away; upcycle them and turn them into awesome seedling greenhouses.

3. CD Spindle Case Greenhouse

Who doesn’t have one of those CD spindle cases laying around the house? They make perfect greenhouses for your seedlings!

You have two options: either use them as is by placing small potted plants in the case or remove the column in the middle to accommodate larger pots with seedlings. It’s that easy!

4. Clear Storage Tote Greenhouse

Do you desire to add more plants to your winter or fall garden, but you’re experiencing cold nights and warm days in your area? A transportable clear plastic container storing your seedlings inside small canisters or boxes would be a great way to start.

Keep them indoors in the night, but don’t forget to give them their share of sunshine during the day.

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5. Mason Jar Greenhouse

Swarn of bees | DIY Seedling Greenhouse Ideas
Mason Jar Greenhouse Photo by Homesteading


Surely, you have unused Mason jars hidden somewhere in your kitchen cabinets. Old Mason jars can make an awesome DIY greenhouse for your seedlings. You just have to make sure there is adequate airflow so the plant will survive.


Ball Wide Mouth Quart (32 oz) Jars with Lids and Bands, Set of 12

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Ball Wide Mouth Quart (32 oz) Jars with Lids and Bands, Set of 12

  • Ball wide mouth quart jar
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6. Plastic Wrapped Greenhouse

This homemade mini greenhouse is a good addition to your garden. There are ready-made containers already with plastic lids, but you can always make your own version.

It is easy to make and very inexpensive. Also, this type of seedling greenhouse is an effective solution if you have problematic seeds.

7. Clear Plastic Greenhouse

Raise seedlings with a clear plastic berry box about to be thrown away. All you need is a clear food plastic container with a lid and some tissue paper or cardboard and you can create this mini greenhouse for your seedlings. If you have space, get a full-sized greenhouse delivered to you!


Check out this full video tutorial by OikoEco Productions and learn to make a DIY seedling starter greenhouse out of a rotisserie chicken container:

Upcycling old items and turning it into something more useful is a skill that will serve as good leverage. With a little bit of ingenuity, you can come up with things that will be beneficial to you, like these seedling greenhouses.

This is an effective way to protect your seedling so they can grow and flourish. These homemade seed starter greenhouse ideas will make your gardening experience even better without spending a fortune.

Do you have any other DIY greenhouse ideas for your seedlings you would like to share? Add them in the comments section below!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on February 6, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

This article was originally published on Survival Life

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