This is XYZ Workshop's winning entry into the MyMiniFactory chess and Pen design competition.

The design is loosely based on a Bauhaus Style Chess set. We were interested in blending the simple strong geometric forms of the chess pieces with nature. The chess pieces allows nature lovers to integrate their favorite succulents or herbs into their game play.  

Each Chess piece can be planted with specific herbs or succulents to give them a level of individuality and personality. This also allows the player to assign unique textures, colors and smell to the pieces. Use some Corsican Mint to bring some minty freshness into you game, or perhaps a series of hard wearing cacti if you don't have a green thumb. 

We have also included a printable/portable chess board skin, measuring only 0.6mm thick. Printing four of these allows the player to turn any flat surface into their chessboard. Make this Green Chess set a feature in your garden, or bring the garden into your living room.



xyzworkshop (author) 1 year ago
Thank You Instructable Community for supporting our design.
Happy to annouce that it won 1st place in the MyMiniFactory Chess and Pen Design Competition.

More details can be found www.facebook.com/xyzworkshop
Ploopy1 month ago


I like the idea of planter instead of just normal pieces.

panmate1 year ago
This is a very interesting project.
foobear1 year ago
darlingling - the cute phone is ringing
clubber1 year ago
looks very good, but what if the plants grow too much? :)
xyzworkshop (author)  clubber1 year ago
It seems to be growing pretty well at the moment, I'm no expert I reckon they act like bonsais, the plants grow as much as the roots can grow.

So their growth pretty much stops when the roots have no space to grow anymore.
xyzworkshop (author) 1 year ago
Thanks all for the great comments. Again if you like the design please help us place a vote in the competition by downloading the free 3d file from


Even if you don't own a 3d Printer, it doesn't matter a download counts as a vote. Thanks.
bob30301 year ago
This is quite clever. Great job. Thanks for posting.
Uluz1 year ago
I have no love for chess, or planting... You just have made a convert!
lol loved your comment
artlife1 year ago
I like it! Excellent and unique project - GOOD JOB!
kyluddy1 year ago
That is so cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!