Greenhouse Kit

This kit is for personal use ONLY. Please do not copy, distribute, or sell any part of this design or the instructions without my permission. Greenhouse Kit @2022 Jacqueline Smith

Before you start your new kit, think about how you will want to decorate it. You can paint the greenhouse, paint the greenhouse and glitter it, glitter just parts of the greenhouse like the roof, use the kit pieces as a guide to cut out decorative paper that you can glue onto the greenhouse, or just leave the greenhouse white for a modern look. If you leave any portion of the greenhouse as unpainted cardboard, I suggest spraying with a matte acrylic sealer like Krylon or Modge Podge Sealer.

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Suggested Material List . . .

Kit Pieces

Constructing the Greenhouse

1. Fold each of the pieces on the score lines. Glue on the front door. Two different style of doors are provided for you to choose from.

2. Glue together the two body pieces of the greenhouse. 

3. Add the bottom trim as desired. I used trim cut from brick PDF paper that I printed on my own printer. The brick PDF file can be found here. Cut off any excess trim. Or you can add brick or stonework trim using a stencil and texture paste.

4. Add the acetate windows. Remove one side of the attached film before gluing each piece onto the building. Once the glue is dry, remove the film from the other side. The acetate is larger than just the window area. This allows the acetate to help stiffen the sides of your building.

5. Glue in the attached shelves, making the bottoms flush to the bottom of the building. The shelves help to square up the building.

6. Glue the trim pieces onto the sides and the top of the roof. You can either attach the top trim pieces to the roof by gluing them to the top of each side of the roof peak, and then gluing the top of the trim together. Or you can glue the two pieces of the trim together, then glue to the very peak of the roof. Hold it until the glue dries enough that the top trim piece doesn’t shift.

7. Now glue your acetate onto the underside of the roof. The acetate is designed to be just wider than the openings. Since the roof is designed so that it can be lifted if you want to add more items to your greenhouse, this helps to hold the roof in place. Remove one side of the attached film before gluing each piece of acetate onto the building. Once the glue is dry, remove the film from the other side.

Constructing the Shovel

Glue the two pieces together, then use your fingernails to cup the head of the shovel. Paint as desired.

Constructing the Wheelbarrow

Fold each of the pieces. I find that painting them all before gluing together is easiest.

Place a dab of glue on each of the seams of the wheelbarrow and press them together. 

Glue the folded handle piece to one side of a wheel. Glue the second wheel on top of the first.

Glue the wheel and handle onto the bottom of the wheelbarrow.

Glue the legs onto the bottom of the wheelbarrow.

Make Dirt and Mulch

The dirt is made from used coffee grounds and the mulch from used tea leaves. Bake them at 250 for 25-30 minutes. You can also add some of the tea leaves to your coffee grounds to get a different looking dirt. Vary how much of the tea leaves you add to your coffee grounds depending on how leafy you want your dirt to be.

Enjoy making your greenhouse!! I would love to see your finished design.  Please share a photo with me by emailing me at


Examples for Inspiration

Greenhouse by Cheryl Sablotny. Cheryl used a stencil and texture paste to make the stonework trim on the building and the stone steps. Tutorial on how to use texture/grit paste can be found here.

Mary's Greenhouse by Jennifer Schirman
Mary's Greenhouse by Maribeth Blankenburg Ritchie
Mary's Greenhouse by Pete Burleigh
Mary's Greenhouse by Shannon Quine
Mary's Greenhouse by Lindy Roxburgh
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