Introduction: Starter Cup Made With Recycled Tp Left Over Rolls

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This is a simple to do Instructable to help you, mother earth, and pretty much everyone around produce your own starter veggie and or fruit plant using left over toilet paper rolls.  The material of the left over toilet paper rolls is cardboard, the masking tape is made of paper, and the bottom cover is made of recycled paper.  I plan to start the cups indoors first and then move them over to a spot out in the garden.

Enjoy, and please comment and or suggest improvements.

Step 1: Please See Video for the Full Step Explanation

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As you can see I first cut two inch sections out of the toilet paper rolls, these are approximate cuts and they do not have to be exact measurements. 

The paper bottom covers were first drawn using a template with one 1.75" circle and an outer 2.25" circle.  Once the outer circle is cut with scissors, then cut small slits on the outer section only (see video). 

Using the masking tape simply tape around the outer slits of the paper cover onto one of the cut pieces of the toilet paper roll, use the side that has the most even surface. 

If you'd like, label your starter cup with a permanent marker, pen, etc. so you know what plant you have.  

Once the starter cup is finished add some moistened soil gently, and then follow the instruction on your seed package (if you are like me and bought your seeds already packaged) and place the seeds on to the starter cup.

Once sprouted take the starter cups to the area where you are going to plant them.  Again, follow the instructions on the package.

Comments

ginjim (author)2014-03-30

I use these without making a bottom. Simply stand them in a container so that they are packed close together, fill them with soil, plant the seeds and as they sprout and grow the roots hold the soil together and they transplant easily with out any soil loss. Certainly avoids transplant shock. I use them to start vegetable seeds.

mvillalpando (author)ginjim2014-03-30

Thank you ginjim, the not adding a bottom certainly makes sense in order to avoid shock. I know for a fact that some plants are very sensitive to when transferring them and you're right, by keeping the bottom off that should be an easy and comfortable transition for the newly sprouted plants. Thanks!

ginjim (author)2014-03-30

I use these without making a bottom. Simply stand them in a container so that they are packed close together, fill them with soil, plant the seeds and as they sprout and grow the roots hold the soil together and they transplant easily with out any soil loss. Certainly avoids transplant shock.

jodi8727 (author)2014-03-25

Your way is whole lot more methodical than the way I did it. I used some unbleached coffee filters cut in squares and taped to the bottom. Then I got lazy and just jammed the rolls with the dirt with no bottom. It should be interesting when it comes time to transplant 'em. ;o}

mvillalpando (author)jodi87272014-03-25

@Jodi8727: How well did the rolls hold with simply packing them with soil and not adding a bottom to them versus adding a bottom? I am sure that the transplant will be easy, since there is no bottom. Thank you.

jodi8727 (author)mvillalpando2014-03-25

It is still in the experimental stage. I just started them last week. Look for my instructable in a couple of weeks. Thanks!

mvillalpando (author)jodi87272014-03-25

Will do, and I can't wait to see what the outcome is. Thanks. :)

mvillalpando (author)2014-03-23

Thank you so much everyone, as you can see, this is my first Instructable and I'm thankful for your positive feedback. Chriwooten57: You got my vote today...you're very artistic! Nice meeting you too.

Great idea! Easy and recyclable :)

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