CD Case Greenhouse

4 Materials
$15
6 Days
Easy

If you’re like me, once I start a DIY project, I have to finish it, even if it doesn’t come together ”as seen on Pinterest”, which is where I get some of my project ideas. Such was the case with this CD case greenhouse. When I saw it, I thought “Wow! That’s something that I can use and it looks fairly simple to make”. Not really....
Come with me as we take this journey together.
I began with empty CD cases. You can either remove unused CDs from their cases or you can purchase empty CD cases. I used both.
To make the sides of the greenhouse,
A-I used 6 of the front, clear part of the CD case. The two pieces just snap apart.
B-I laid them out with the edges touching
C- and used E6000 to glue the edges together
D-And then taped them together using painter’s tape. The tape helps to clamp them until they dry.

I made two panels of 6 so I had two sides of 6 clear pieces and allowed them to dry at least 24 hours.

For the ends:
A-I used 4 of the front, clear pieces.
B-Using E6000
C-I glued the edges together (in red)
D-And taped together using painter’s tape

I made two panels of 4 so I had two ends of 4 clear pieces And allowed them to dry at least 24 hours.
Once the walls were dry, I glued them together along the edges (in red). I used painter’s tape again to hold them together as they dried for 24 hours.

And now the tweeking of this project begins.
Once everything was dry, the greenhouse was very wobbly. I knew that it wouldn’t support it’s roof so I measure the floor of the greenhouse and cut a piece of 1/2” plywood and placed it in the bottom. This gave it some stability.
For the roof, according to my instructions on Pinterest, I was to use three CD cases; however, it was not long enough so I used four.
A- Using full CDs (not broken apart)
B-I placed four CDs beside each other and only glued the top parts together (in red). I made two sets of four CDs for either side of the roof.
C-Once they were dry, I glued the two sets together at the peak of the roof.
Taped and allowed to dry at least 24 hours.
For each side, at the top of the walls, my instructions from Pinterest said to make a triangle shape out of two additional CDs cutting them to fit. This is the result.
After gluing and taping, and gluing and taping again, they wouldn’t adhere to each other and kept falling off of the top of the wall. They were also very unstable and wouldn’t hold the roof.

I discarded the triangle shapes and decided to make a support for the roof.
A-Using square dowels, I decided on the pitch
B-and cut the dowels using my miter saw
C-I glued and stapled the ends together
D-For additional support, I added another down to the middle of the side attaching it to the top and the sides of the greenhouse.
For the triangle tops of the sides,
A-I used the clear part of the CD case
B-Measured and marked it to fit the space
C-Cut it using a utility knife
D-and glued and taped it to the wooden dowel
I continued to mark and cut pieces to fit the entire triangular space
Once everything was dry, I placed the roof on top of the supports. I didn’t glue it, just laid the roof on top that way I can remove it to add plants.
While it still sags in the middle, it is functional.
I like the fact that I can lift the bottom flaps of the roof to reach the plants inside and for ventilation.

So in conclusion, while the CD case greenhouse didn’t turn out the way it was “as seen on Pinterest”, it is functional with the alterations. And as every DIYer knows, sometimes you have to tweek your project to make it work.
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3 questions
  • KD Redlowske
    KD Redlowske
    on Apr 1, 2018

    Wow, That is so cool. Do you think it would hold up to a cat that won't stop eating my favorite plants? I try putting them up where I don't think she could get to and she still figures out how. She does the eating at night while I sleep, so I can't catch her at it.

  • Mary Coakley
    Mary Coakley
    on Apr 1, 2018

    Not sure how you.anchored the dowels

    • SnowKnitty
      SnowKnitty
      on Dec 31, 2020

      KD - We mounted magnetic door stops on our doors to keep our pets from getting locked in rooms when they play with the door or when a breeze blows through open windows. I highly recommend you do that. (We mounted our door stops near the tops of the doors rather than the traditional bottom of the doors. Since the doors are usually open, you can't see them. And this positioning provides the added benefits that it's easier to clean the dust bunnies and avoids mounting the "wall" portion of the door stop on our molded baseboards.)

  • Kathinka
    Kathinka
    on Apr 28, 2018

    This looks great, well done!

    Maybe you can secure the roof with a ridge pole or angle profile?

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  • Lovesunique
    Lovesunique
    on Dec 31, 2020

    A++ for following through on this project. I was lost at the angular cuts. Truly a project to be proud of!


  • Deb
    Deb
    on Dec 31, 2020

    Oh my gosh. I just spent 2days emptying out my kids CD cases. I now have around 60 of them and was looking for directions for this exact project. Thanks so much!!! I’d better get to work

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