This is a guest post by Jean Smith, from For Dragonflies And Me
Using discarded windows to make a mini greenhouse
As we tromped through the muddy fair grounds, I was on the look out for one thing- old windows. I had a few stipulations: they must be paned and preferably painted a funky green or red. I’d seen several photos of mini greenhouses constructed from them and I had dreamed of having my own ever since.
Being a bit persnickety about certain ‘garden junque’ items, I hadn’t found the ‘right’ ones yet… I knew what I wanted and until I found the perfect windows, I’d be patient and wait. Well, today was my lucky day! As we were walking down one of the myriad rows, there in an old wagon shoved off to the back, were my windows. They were green and had nine panes- I couldn’t believe it. I asked the man running the stall if they were for sale, “Five bucks each,” he said. “I’ll take em’ all!” To say I was ecstatic would be an understatement!
When we got home, my husband was ready to get at it and asked me if I had the instructions. I looked at him and said, “Instructions? How hard could it be?” Well, after he figured out what he’d need to put the awkward thing together I realized it would be nice to give instructions to others who may want to build their own… so here’s a simple how to:
- You’ll need 6 windows the same size, preferably paned for the cutest effect.
- One piece of angle iron cut to the length of window- this will attach the two roof pieces at the peak.
- Drill and metal drill bit.
- Do any repairs necessary- re-caulking/glazing any loose panes or re-painting. I prefer the distressed look.
- Choose one window and lay flat; this is the floor.
- Drill holes on each side for the angle irons.
- Choose two windows for the roof. Holding them in a ‘tee-pee’ stance, place angle iron across the top (think peak of a roof), secure with screws.
- Choose 3 windows for the sides and back- the front will be open: Screw the back wall to the bottom side of the floor window; take another window and screw it to the side of the back wall and the bottom of the floor; repeat for other side wall.
- Once the sides and back are securely attached to the floor, carefully lift the roof and place on top- screw roof to the base.
Now that you have some inspiration and instructions, all you need are the windows and the perfect spot to put it! Place a metal or enamel ware bucket filled with petunias in it, stand back and admire!
Thank you, Jean, for this project and instructions! We’ll have you back soon for another guest post… ~~ Sue
In the garden…
Here is another example of a window greenhouse!
Where to find old windows:
Wendy Hankins says, “Check Craig’s list for free ones.”
Nichole Franklin says,”My hubby works for a glass and window company now- and oh boy am I getting the windows!” (If your hubby doesn’t work for a window company, you can still ask at one..)
Christie Hartlage says she gets them from friends.
Katrina Alameda gets hers from antique flea markets
Nell Stelzer says, “I got mine from a yard sale, a neighbor and my father-in-law.
Myra Glandon says, “I got a bunch from an old barn being cleaned out and others one or two at a time from peoples trash. My daughters keep an eye out for me also.”