Inspired by a need for a biodegradable cup (these seedlings are so fragile!) and the basic idea behind paper mache (and the fact that I am trying to keep my first garden as cheap as possible!), they are easy to make and need mostly (if not entirely) materials from around the house!
Step 1: Gather Your Goods!
-Several old yogurt cups (small, short ones work best)
NOTE: You technically only need one cup, it just will take longer to create several paper seed cups because of drying time; I would suggest, if you have access to yogurt eating fiends, collect as many yogurt cups as you will make paper cups and knock it all out in one sitting
-Scrap paper (I used my boyfriends old school papers, but any **non-slick** paper should work just fine, too)
-A spray bottle with water in it (the bottle I used was a dollar at Lowe's, but if you don't have one on hand, you can just sprinkle water by hand too)
-Some used coffee grounds (estimate about one teaspoon for each cup)
NOTE: Coffee grounds are good because of the nitrogen they will release; I don't know a whole heck of a lot about plants, but I'm sure there are some out there that DON"T want extra nitrogen, so just do a little research if you are especially concerned about your crop
And that's it! Well, eventually you'll need some seeds and potting medium too- if you actually want to use the cups!
Step 2: Line Your Cup With Paper
Dampen some strips of scrap paper and push them GENTLY into the bottom of the plastic yogurt cup. Just use enough to make a lining, this part doesn't have to be super thick. Once you have a base layer, spritz it some more until thoroughly dampened.
As you can see, it doesn't need to be pretty!
Step 3: Add Your "super Food" (that Just Happens to Be Free...)
Just sprinkle a little bit of the grounds into the bottom of your cup. Easy, right?
Step 4: Add Some More Paper (just a Little!)
I like to cover my coffee grounds with another layer of paper: my thinking (whether accurate or not...) is that this will make the coffee grounds more of a "slow-release" fertilizer, since the seedling won't need too much until it is actually sucking up nutrients through its roots.
Repeat step two by carefully laying damp strips of scrap paper on top of the grounds. I like to fold the edges over a bit, too, to give the paper cup some added strength while waiting for a sprout.
Step 5: Let It Dry!
Step 6: Finished Cup!
You have a seed cup!
Repeat the process to get as many cups as you need for your garden-in-progress.
Step 7: Oh- Don't Forget to Plant Something...
GO GROW SOMETHING!!!