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Looking for a new way to garden? Transform your survival garden this spring with these great and cost-effective DIY greenhouses!

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Homemade Greenhouse Ideas

When disasters strike, having a consistent food source should be a priority. You can harvest and regrow the plants you need without having to worry about where to get your next food.

That’s why knowing how to build a DIY greenhouse for cheap is an important skill to have.

There are various greenhouse design ideas you can try to follow and create for yourself. Here are some DIY greenhouse ideas you can recreate for your survival garden.

PVC Pipe Greenhouse

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Supplies Needed:

  • 1/2″ PVC Pipe – 4 sections
  • 1/2″ Corner Elbow Connectors – 4 with 3 ports
  • 1/2″ Adapters – 4 Connectors + Adapters
  • Primer and PVC Cement
  • Scissors
  • Long Zip Ties
  • Hacksaw or Pipe Cutter
  • Plastic Sheeting – 6′ x 6′, 3.5 mil (6 mil is ideal) (Thin clear plastic will not withstand past one season.)

You won’t have to spend more than $25 for this DIY PVC greenhouse. You can find the full instructions for the PVC pipe greenhouse here.

Barn Greenhouse

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Supplies Needed:

  • 3 – 2×4 @ 10 feet long – use on back wall
  • 5 – 2×4 @ 12 feet long – use on sides/ridgepole DO NOT CUT)
  • 32 – 2×4 @ 8 feet long
  • 11 – 12 foot long x 26″ wide standard corrugated plastic greenhouse panels
  • 1 – 8 foot long x 26″ wide standard corrugated plastic greenhouse panel (use on door side)
  • 3 – 12 foot long tin panels (use on sides and back)
  • 1 – 8 foot long tin panel (use on front)
  • Tin screws
  • 28 – 4′ long ribbing strips
  • L flashing (optional for the corners)

Done properly, this DIY greenhouse design can contain several plants for your garden. You can find the full instructions the barn greenhouse here.

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Cold Frame Greenhouse

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Supplies Needed:

  • Old wood frame windows
  • Salvage wood 1 x 12. (We used cedar, but any scrap wood would do.)
  • Nails or screws
  • 2 metal hinges for each frame
  • Hammer or screwdriver
  • Saw

Great for small gardening areas! You can grow your seedlings in a compact box that you can put in your yard or windowsill if you don’t have enough space.

You can find full instructions for the cold frame greenhouse here.

Wooden Box Greenhouse

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Supplies Needed:

  • Plastic or wooden frames
  • Concrete
  • Cushioning sand
  • Galvanized nails
  • Traditional glass
  • Fiberglass
  • Double wall plastic
  • Film plastic

This DIY greenhouse project can be built in a single weekend. This project is a little more time consuming but, the end result is well worth it!

You can find full instructions for the wooden box greenhouse here.

Transform Your Raised Garden Bed into a Poly Tunnel Greenhouse

Supplies Needed:

  • 16 C shaped brackets
  • 4 12-feet long 7/8″ PVC pipe
  • Plastic cover
  • Screws
  • Drill

If you have a garden bed in your backyard, you can build a poly tunnel cover for it for your plants.

You can find full instructions for the poly tunnel greenhouse here.


Check out this simple and sturdy greenhouse from Modern Builds:

DIY greenhouses aren’t just perfect for emergency situations, people who would like to start their own gardens can also make try making one for their backyard. You can get fresh vegetables, fruits, and even herbs from your own garden.

What kind of DIY greenhouses are interested in trying? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on March 9, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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