Instructables
Picture of Seedling Pots
Spending lots of money on gardening just does not make sense to me. Of course since I do not have lots of money to spend, not really a problem. This is my method of having seedling starter pots without having to spend hardly any money. 
 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Supplies & Tools

Picture of Supplies & Tools
Supplies:
1. Toilet paper / paper towel cardboard tubes. ( How many you need will depend on the size of the pan, I needed 28)
2. Baking pan: This can be metal or glass. If you can find one at a sale for a few cents then that's even better. The one in the pictures was bought at a dollar shop. So I invested a whole dollar + tax so far. 
3. Growth medium. If you have it then use a good, fine compost. If you do not have a medium you will have to buy one. Which costs more money. Or get creative (feel free to share your creative solution to getting soil)

Tools: 
1. Pencil
2. Ruler
3. Scissors

Step 2: Flatten Tubes

Picture of Flatten Tubes
3.JPG
I have found that by flattening the tubes and forcing them to become rectangular instead of cylindrical I can fit more tubes inside the pan. Also it seems to be slightly more stable.
To do this step flatten each tube so that it forms two distinct edges or creases. Next open back up the tube and center these creases on each other. Now flatten again forming another set of creases. After fully forming the creases open the tube again. The tube should be mostly rectangular now and have four distinct corners. Do this with all of the tubes you will need. 
DommyH6 months ago
Love the idea! I made a heap to use whenever I need them.
2014 7:02 pm.jpg
webdiver (author)  DommyH5 months ago

Nicely done! Those look great!

backflowteck7 months ago

Well you did a very nice iby. Not to steel your work but I had try it. Thanks for the post. If your wondering I am trying my hand at jalapenoes.

IMG_0074.JPG
webdiver (author)  backflowteck7 months ago
Looks good! That should work well for getting them sprouted and on their way to producing.
nixon68728 months ago

Great idea! I will be doing this.

webdiver (author)  nixon68727 months ago

I would love to see images of the finished project.

backflowteck7 months ago

Love this, will be making today.

webdiver (author)  backflowteck7 months ago

I would love to see how it turns out.

Lowriderpr1 year ago
Nice job!
webdiver (author)  Lowriderpr1 year ago
Thank you very much.
oldmicah1 year ago
That's really nice!
webdiver (author)  oldmicah1 year ago
Thank you very much. I basically tried to look commercial seed starting options and replicate them in a frugal manner. The only problem I've seen is the ones with an included clear cover for a greenhouse effect. A possible solution is if I could find a matching set of pans (at least one clear) that will stack over each other carefully and form a clam shell. I worry about it slipping off and breaking though. I could see using aluminum pans with those clear covers but I do not think they are tough enough for repeated use.
Long shot, but none of the clear covers fit on standard pans, do they? As far as the clam shell, I saw some sort of arrangement years ago where someone drilled small holes right at the lip of the long sides and tied them together so the opened clamshell like. She the glued? Riveted? Screwed a metal strip on the opposite side of the bottom to serve as a lip. Not perfect but pretty stable.

Of course, I'm not sure that's much less work than just buying, drilling, and screwing on hinges. :)