Introduction: Make Your Own Seedling Pots Out of Newspaper
Forget pricey plastic sets and excess pots—-all you need is some extra newspaper and a small cup or mason jar and it's easy to grow your own plants from seed. Plus, newspaper decomposes naturally, so you can plant these right into the garden with little to no root disturbance for a happy plant!
Here's how to make these nifty little pots in 7 easy steps.
Step 1: Fold a Sheet of Newspaper
Cut sheets of black and white newspaper in half or thirds, depending on the size of pot you want to make. Make sure not to use pages with color, since this will be going directly into your garden. (Color newspapers may contain heavy metals that are unsafe).
Step 2: Roll It Up
Align your mason jar or cup with the newspaper so that a few inches of paper are above the opening of the cup. Roll the newspaper so it circles the cup.
Step 3: Tuck It In
Push the sides of the paper that are above the cup opening inside, so they are wrapped around the lip of the cup.
Step 4: Pull It Off
Flip it over and remove the cup gently, while still keeping the pot’s shape.
Step 5: Seal the Bottom
Use the bottom of the cup to reinforce the pot’s bottom by inserting it inside the newspaper pot. Tamp down the inverted ends, so it seals the bottom.
Step 6: Remove Glass and Admire Finished Pot
Here’s what it should look like after it’s done
Step 7: Add Soil, Seeds or Transplant
When they reach the size for transplanting outside, they can be placed directly into your garden. This will also alleviate root disruption for healthy, happy seedlings!