Make your own newspaper seed pot

February 5, 2013
Author: Hannah

With spring just around the corner now is a good time to start preparing what you’d like to grow this year. Here’s a fun idea for making your own recycled, biodegradable pots to plant seeds in. It’s a nice activity for kids, too.

The finished pots are quite sturdy while the seeds are growing, but they’ll break down quickly once they’ve been planted in the soil, meaning you don’t have to transfer them.

Recycled newspaper seed pots

What you need

  • Black and white newspaper
  • A small, glass jar

How to make it

  1. Lay a full sheet of black and white newspaper flat. Don’t use shiny, coloured paper as it may contain heavy metals that could drain into your soil.
  2. Fold the paper in half lengthwise twice to form a long, narrow strip of folded newspaper.
  3. Lay a small, glass jar on its side and place it on one end of the strip of paper. Roll the newspaper around the jar. The jar is used only as a form to roll the paper around. About half of the strip of paper should overlap the open end of the glass.
  4. Push the ends of the paper into the open end of the jar. This step doesn’t have to be neat and tidy; just stuff the overlapping newspaper into the jar.
  5. Pull the jar out of the newspaper pocket so you have the newspaper pot in your hand.
  6. Push the bottom of the jar into the newspaper cup, squashing the folded bottom to flatten. This step will seal the bottom of your pot. Once the pot has been filled with soil, the bottom will be secure.
  7. Pull the jar out and you have a finished paper pot, ready to grow seeds in.

Thankyou to The Big Lunch for this idea.

 

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  1. Kate says:

    I love the idea of these pots but, in practice, they’re not working out for me. All the pots are going mouldy and the plants are very leggy and will probably be unusable. Does anyone have any advice for me on how to make this great idea work?

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