This easy instructable will show you how to turn that boring old paper filled with bad news and ads for crap you can't afford into seedling pots for your spring garden. Not only will you get to re-use your newspaper, but you won't have to buy any expensive plastic or peat pots from the store. Get ready spring, we're coming!
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
As stated before, all you NEED is a newspaper and a cup, but for all intents and purposes I am showing everything I would use from start to finish to construct and then plant inside these pots.
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
As this is a "smaller" paper and not full sized, I use 2 sheets (you can use only one, but the pots are not as sturdy. I also tried using 3, and they do not want to stay together.) The important thing to remember is to use plain newspaper, and nothing glossy. Most inks are soy based, though I do generally try to use only the black and white print- some color is not bad. Just make sure to avoid things like shiny/slick ads and magazines.
* 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