These newspaper pots are so easy to make. There’s no messing around with staples or sticky tape. They’re great for the environment because you’re re-using old newspaper. Best of all though, you’re not using pots made out of plastic. Once your seedlings are ready for transplanting, you can plant the whole lot in the ground. That way the root system won’t be damaged. The roots will just grow straight though the paper when they’re ready to.
You only need a few household materials to make these pots. An old newspaper; scissors and a cylinder of some sort. You can use anything really, a soft drink can, a soup can, a wine or beer bottle. Just pick something with the same diameter you want your pots to be. We prefer to use a wine bottle or soft drink can because it has an indented bottom.
- Open out the newspaper to the middle and cut it in half. Cut those pages in half again so that you have a pile of pages one quarter the size of a full double-page spread.
- Take two of the sheets (double thickness makes the pots more durable) and place your bottle or can on top so that there is an inch or so of paper hanging off the end.
- Roll the paper around the cylinder.
- Starting folding the end in at the join.
- Flatten the base of the newspaper pot (this is why a cylinder with an indented bottom is best).
- Slide the pot off the bottle.
- Add the soil. The weight of the soil keeps it all together, meaning you don’t need to use staples or sticky tape.
If we have lots of pots, we usually use trays to keep them all together.
Once your seedlings are ready for transplanting simply dig a hole in the soil large enough for the pot and place the whole lot in. There’s no need to unwrap the paper.