Introduction: Biodegradable Toilet Paper Roll Seedling Pots

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With these easy to make biodegradable pots there's no need to go out and buy expensive peat pots. These are the perfect size for normal size seedlings. Big seeds like sunflower seeds are not suitable for a starter pot this size but that should be a given. This pot is perfect for starting seeds and can be planted directly into a bigger container or into ground soil. They cost almost nothing and are a great way to re-use something you would have thrown away anyway.

Step 1: Fold the Roll Into a Square.

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Fold the roll in half one way. Then, fold it in half the other way, making sure the creases from the last fold line up and you have a square!

Step 2: Cut the Roll in Half.

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Cut the roll into two parts.

Step 3: Cut Out the Flaps.

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Fold the roll in half one way and make a 3/4 inch cut, then fold the roll in half the other way and make another 3/4 inch cut. You should have 4 cuts in total on the bottom of your roll. Repeat this step on the other roll.

Step 4: Crease the Flaps.

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Fold and unfold all of your flaps. This is to establish a flat, even, square bottom of the pot.Repeat this step on the other roll.

Step 5: Fold the Flaps Cardboard Box Style.

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Fold the first three flaps down, overlapping each other. Fold the bottom flap down first, then fold the left flap down, overlapping the bottom flap, then fold the top flap down, overlapping the left flap. Now here's the tricky part. Fold the right flap under the bottom flap and over the top flap. This holds the pot together. Repeat this step on the other pot.

Step 6: Plant!

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You're now done with your two biodegradable pots and can add potting soil and sow your seeds. You can even make an army of pots like I did. Thank you for reading my instructable and don't forget to comment. This is my first instructable and I would love to hear your feedback!


michelleleereid (author)2017-04-13

I'm looking forward to trying these with my students for Earth Day and as part of our plants science unit. We are an environmental science magnet school, so it fits in really well!

kpotter11 (author)2017-03-19

Great idea!

DonR85 (author)2017-02-20

Oh never mind. I found the little click numbers that gives the pics. Sorry.

DonR85 (author)2017-02-20

Sorry, instructions are not clear. Folding it according to the instructions give me a folded up cardboard that does not look like a pot. Should show a picture of folding the second step. I would use it no doubt.

PamelaS113 (author)2017-02-20

Very good use of to rolls---thank you---a money saver.

Ploopy made it! (author)2015-07-13


They work great!

I made two of them, I planted beans.

JoseH8 (author)2015-07-10

yesssssss!!! I just finished a roll and wondered if there was another environmentally friendly use for these instead of recycling; and here I am on this amazing walk-through. Thank you for the article and easy to view pictures. Definitely my next project!

technovative made it! (author)2015-04-02

These work great. Thanks again for the nifty idea!

Is that a little tomato seedling?

Yes it is. I made 16 of the little pots and planted 4 each of 2 varieties of tomato, and 4 green pepper, and 4 okra. This little guy is the only one that germinated. :/ The seeds were from packages a few years old.

KathyGriffin made it! (author)2014-03-25

These make up really quickly and hold the vermiculite or other seed starting mixture very well.

Awesome! They really are fast to make when you get the hang of it. They're even faster if they're left as circles like yours. :) P.S. cool username Kathy's a really funny comedian.

Ironsloth1993 made it! (author)2014-03-01

I made four of these out of paper towel roll as opposed to toilet paper roll. Pictured are just the 2 better ones. I plan on making even more.

That's great, I hope you found my instructable easy to follow because it's my first one.Thanks for taking the time to comment.

misterrichard (author)2014-02-18

Brilliant! I will be using this to start seedlings this spring.

Cool! Thank you for commenting.

technovative (author)2014-02-18

Awesome idea. This deserves to be a featured article.


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