The only items you will need to construct the pots are:
*a straight edged (not tapered) glass/cup
* some newspaper
* rubber bands (optional)
Cost to assemble pots: free
optional cost for rubber bands and additional cost for planting materials.
Step 1: What You Need
1) Newspaper. I have chosen our local paper. (Once a week, but never weakly)
2) A NON-TAPERED glass. I have included several options in the photos, but I will use the ever classic Flinstones glass I have had since the 30th anniversary of 1960 (YEAH, MATH!)
3) A rubber band (for each pot) the approximate size (not larger than) the glass. (Optional, but beneficial)
4) Potting soil of your choice
5) Seedling/planting tray
Step 2: Preparing the Paper
* Lay the 2 sheets on top of each other
* Fold in half lengthwise (make sharp creases and try to line them up the best you case as folding gets a little squirrely if folded uneven.)
* Fold in half again
Step 3: Place the Glass
Roll the paper tightly around the glass minding the angle you roll. Try to keep it as straight as possible.
Step 4: Begin the Bottom
(no worries about trying to fold neatly or perfectly, I find it is a waste of time, as it will get messed up anyway.
Step 5: Invert Glass
(This is where you see how much "bottom material" you have. If it is too much or not enough, you can readjust your glass placement and refold.
Step 6: Create the Bottom of the Pot
Using your fingers, push down the paper on the inside of the pot to create the bottom. You may also re-insert the (bottom) of the glass to tamp it down.
Step 7: Support Pot
It took a few years of aggrevtion with these pots to get this simple idea.
You can use a rubber band around the pot to support it and take away any worry of the flap.
I toyed with the idea of staples or tape, but I find this to be the most "environmentally friendly" as 1) it never touches the plant/dirt if concern of contamination, 2) it is easily removable and 3) it can be re-used.
Though the rubber band is not necessary, it does make the pots more sturdy and makes it easier to fit more into a container because the flap has been secured. I also find that once the paper gets wet (from watering...don't forget to water your seeds!) that it does hold better so it may not be necessary the entire time. Generally speaking, it is easier to just take them off when you plant, and not worry again until then.
Step 8: Ta'Da! Now, Fill the Pot
We place ours in trays in order to accommodate as many pots as possible in a small space, for easy watering and moving.
Fill your pot with the potting soil of your choice and get ready to plant!
Step 9: Choose Wisely
Plant your seed, love your seed, play it music and watch it grow.
Step 10: Transplanting Your Seed/Pot
Plants that have weaker roots will not always push through the paper and they may become root bound.
(Don't forget to remove your rubber band if it is still in place!)
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