All Time Best #9: Newspaper Seedling Pots

by Ivory Soap

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In honor of our 1000th post in October 2014, we are counting down our most popular posts of all time. Each has received over 100K hits, and some as high as 500K! This week, at #9, is Newspaper Seedling Pots.













I tried the drinking glass newspaper pots (too big), the origami newspaper pots (too big and had to think too hard), and the toilet roll paper pots (good but didn’t start collecting soon enough). So, duh, I just made tiny versions of the drinking glass pots with (don’t tell anyone) a little piece of tape per pot. Very easy and I risk insulting everyone’s intelligence here by posting a how-to, but Ivory assured me that I should do it anyway, so here it is:

Take a section of newspaper:





Cut it in half (I cut several layers at once to save time, but use only one sheet/single layer per pot):





Cut it in fourths:







Take a small round container, I used a spice jar, and roll the paper around it, leaving about an inch overhang at one end where you will fold it in for the bottom. Don’t roll too tight or it will be too hard to get the jar out later:





Fold the bottom in, as if you were wrapping a present:





Tape (masking tape would have been more biodegradeable):







Take out the jar. Turning it right side up, fold in the edges all around the top. I then fold it in again for stability and because I want a shorter pot:





















Note: In hindsight, I’d use a smaller piece of paper so there were fewer layers to make the pots easier to decompose. They are a bit TOO sturdy!

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Jen C. November 3, 2014 at 5:16 am

I’ve done this many times and it works great.

Kathy Davenport November 3, 2014 at 7:11 am

Are the smaller ones for certain plants, or can you do all your seedlings in this size? If not, what is the largest plant you would start in these smaller cups?

Jane November 3, 2014 at 8:51 am

How cool is this? I wish I were a gardener but, alas, I have a black thumb. Everything I try to grow dies – everything. I can’t even keep artificial plants around (LOL). A friend gave me some seeds from a Mahogany tree in his yard so, I’m going to do this anyway and once they sprout I’ll give the seedlings to my hubby to plant and baby along because if I try it they will die.

sallie November 4, 2014 at 7:40 am

So glad you re-posted these directions!!Thank you!! And the little roots grow out of the paper?

Cindy DeSpain November 4, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Wonderful idea! Thanks for sharin’

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