We are waiting for the coming season, the spring.

I want to grow some tomato on my balcony. So i seed many different tomato sort. All of them sprout and I have to prick them into a pot.

Because i had not enough small plant pots i made some of old newspaper.

How i did it, you can see in this instructable or in the video, where i explain it in German. https://youtu.be/ihZBykvZeqA

Step 1: Cut the Newspaper to the Right Size

The size you need depend on the size of the pot you want to make.

I just cut one page of the newspaper height-wise in half.

You want to have a sheet long enough to fit at least 5 times the diameter of the pot. The height has to be approx. twice the height of the pot.

The fastest way for me was to fold the newspaper and use a knife for cutting the paper.

<p>Hi lomo85,</p><p>I made it! I used handwritten Labels. Painter&acute;s tape sticks on PLA without additional glue.</p><p>Happy gardening!</p>
<p>Hmm. Similar label stands using recycled material rather than 3D-printing would be fabulous. I guess I must start searching for a suitable material...</p>
<p>Great instructable! Cheap and fast. And another reason why we should save the newspaper industry.</p>
<p>I remember my Grandfather doing that many years ago (50+). Brings back memories of his tomatoes, and his crysanthimums ......</p>
Cool, now where do one get German newspapers ;-)
Would this be good to start sunflowers??? My class is growing sunflowers for the Global Project. We are only tracking growth for a month, before school is out for summer. Any advice is welcome!
<p>Why not? One month after seeding the plant has grown enough to be planted outside. </p>
<p>great project for the kids...beats the brain dead video games.</p>
Hi lomo85, Good job ! Please attach the fusion 360 file to your Instructable.
<p>Sure, here is the link: http://a360.co/2nSY1Ot</p>
Many thanks, I need to adapt the diameter to the jam jar I want to use.
<p>For small seedlings, I used to do this. I now use transparent plastic cups with some little holes punched in the bottom. They don't sag and tear when they get wet, and you see if the seedling is becoming rootbound.</p>
<p>Thank you for your tip. I will check if i get some rootbound before planting them in a big pot.</p>
<p>On the plus side you can later plant them in the ground.</p><p>Thanks for sharing :)</p>
<p>Yes, this is one of the main advantage. The Time you need to fold the pots you save wile planting them later.</p>
Love your work! I have done this, also used empty paper towel rolls, empty TP rolls, and finally my favorite, garden fabric (folded similar to your design, with a bit of hot glue). You might like the &quot;air pruning&quot; method with your tomatoes. google it, seriously worth the time. Promotes huge, health roots. Best of luck!
<p>Thank you for the &quot;air pruning&quot; tip! </p><p>I planed to put them in a standard pot, but maybe i have to build something air pruning like... </p>
<p>Why not GLUE the label to the Newspaper?</p><p>... and save all that time?</p><p>Nice way to fold the POT!</p><p>I also like using the tubes from paper towel &amp; toilet paper rolls...</p><p>Thank you!</p><p>Dunka...</p>
<p>I tried to stick the labels direct to the paper. But with the moisture, the label comes off.</p><p>Sure, the way i did it, was not the fastest way. But not i can reuse the labels next year. (The pots will be gone...)</p>
<p>Great idea. Thanks for sharing.</p>
<p>Simple but effective. Wet newspaper is surprisingly strong. Thanks; danke.</p>
<p>this is a great method. i will have to try this out when i start my next seedlings.</p><p>home made biodegradable pots.</p>
What a great concept! Good Instructable!

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Bio: My Name is Daniel Aeschlimann. During the day I am a Mechanical Engineer. During the evenings I tinker with witn my 3D-Printer, my CNC router ... More »
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