Making Paper Plant Pots




Introduction: Making Paper Plant Pots

I do a lot of plant seeding in the spring, and have a paper pot maker, that will make small plant pots, about the size of a jiffy peat pot. Its great to use, but if I have leggy plants to pot up, there is not enough depth for putting them deep enough into the pot - especially for things that will root along the stem, like tomatoes.  So I decided to make an instructable to show you how I made tall paper pots for my tomatoes, that stand approximately 5 inches high, and 2 inches wide.
Hope this helps someone out there!
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Step 1: Materials Needed

All you need is a newspaper, a large spice bottle, scissors, potting mix, a pen or "dibbler" to make the hole in mix for the plant, and finally, a plant to pot up!

Step 2: Preparing the Newspaper

You need to know how wide of a strip of newspaper to cut... I want my finished pot to be about 5 inches high... my spice bottle is 2 inches wide. I don't want the paper to overlap across the width of the bottom of the need about 1/2 to 3/4 of the width of the bottom of the bottle.

Step 3: Forming the Plant Pot

As you can see from the pictures... I marked my newspaper to cut it into a 6 1/2 inch wide strip.  You will need a strip of newspaper that will go around your spice bottle approximately 3 times, so bear that in mind when you cut your strips of newspaper.

Step 4: Making the Plant Pot

Align the spice bottle to the level or height you want to plant pot... In the picture you can see that the newspaper almost completely covers the spice bottle

Step 5: Securing the Newspaper

The plant pot will stand on its own once you secure the bottom of the pot... you do this simply by folding over the edge of the newspaper across the bottom of the spice bottle, starting with the side that has the end of the newspaper (see picture)

Step 6: Forming the Bottom of the Pot

Pull the pot off of the bottle slightly, so you can "pinch" the edges of the bottom of the pot... that will make the pot stand up straighter.

Step 7: Finishing the Pot, and an Optional Step

Remove the pot from the bottle.
If you are worried about the pot coming apart, you can fold over the top edge towards the inside of the pot about 1/4 inch.

Step 8: Planting!

Once your pot is finished, fill with soil and plant!

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    4 Discussions


    3 years ago

    I liked this tutorial a lot; very easy to follow! I made several of them at the taller height, and for my shorter plants, I just folded a bit more of the newspaper over. And since I don't get the newspaper, I discovered that most diners that offer guests a newspaper to read, will gladly give them away at night, as they just throw them out anyway!


    Reply 3 years ago

    Thanks so much for the feedback! Great for you finding a source for newspapers! Newspapers are a dying thing in the digital age... at least it doesn't take a lot of newspapers to make a lot of pots!


    9 years ago on Introduction

     do you think brown paper would work for this?  I don't get the newspaper and actually have a roll of brown paper.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    How thick of paper? The nice thing about using newspaper is that it is thin enough to decompose fairly quickly... The other question is, is your roll of brown paper like "butcher" paper... or freezer paper that is coated with plastic on one side? If it is coated, I wouldn't suggest using it.  If it is used lunch bags or grocery bags, they should work, but you wouldn't have to have so many layers... one and a half to two layers should do. 
    Hope this helps!