Biodegradable Toilet Paper Roll Seedling Pots

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With these easy to make biodegradable pots there's no need to go out and buy expensive peat pots. These are the perfect size for normal size seedlings. Big seeds like sunflower seeds are not suitable for a starter pot this size but that should be a given. This pot is perfect for starting seeds and can be planted directly into a bigger container or into ground soil. They cost almost nothing and are a great way to re-use something you would have thrown away anyway.

Step 1: Fold the Roll Into a Square.

Fold the roll in half one way. Then, fold it in half the other way, making sure the creases from the last fold line up and you have a square!

Step 2: Cut the Roll in Half.

Cut the roll into two parts.

Step 3: Cut Out the Flaps.

Fold the roll in half one way and make a 3/4 inch cut, then fold the roll in half the other way and make another 3/4 inch cut. You should have 4 cuts in total on the bottom of your roll. Repeat this step on the other roll.

Step 4: Crease the Flaps.

Fold and unfold all of your flaps. This is to establish a flat, even, square bottom of the pot.Repeat this step on the other roll.

Step 5: Fold the Flaps Cardboard Box Style.

Fold the first three flaps down, overlapping each other. Fold the bottom flap down first, then fold the left flap down, overlapping the bottom flap, then fold the top flap down, overlapping the left flap. Now here's the tricky part. Fold the right flap under the bottom flap and over the top flap. This holds the pot together. Repeat this step on the other pot.

Step 6: Plant!

You're now done with your two biodegradable pots and can add potting soil and sow your seeds. You can even make an army of pots like I did. Thank you for reading my instructable and don't forget to comment. This is my first instructable and I would love to hear your feedback!

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MixieP1

6 months ago on Step 6

Your instructions are clear, complete, and this idea sounds brilliant to me! I intend to pass it along to all my gardening friends.

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CarindaS

Question 10 months ago on Introduction

after the seedlings have taken off well, do I replant the whole thing, tube included?

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michelleleereid

1 year ago

I'm looking forward to trying these with my students for Earth Day and as part of our plants science unit. We are an environmental science magnet school, so it fits in really well!

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kpotter11

1 year ago

Great idea!

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DonR85

1 year ago

Oh never mind. I found the little click numbers that gives the pics. Sorry.

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DonR85

1 year ago

Sorry, instructions are not clear. Folding it according to the instructions give me a folded up cardboard that does not look like a pot. Should show a picture of folding the second step. I would use it no doubt.

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PamelaS113

1 year ago

Very good use of to rolls---thank you---a money saver.

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JoseH8

3 years ago on Introduction

yesssssss!!! I just finished a roll and wondered if there was another environmentally friendly use for these instead of recycling; and here I am on this amazing walk-through. Thank you for the article and easy to view pictures. Definitely my next project!