Making newspaper pots 2


Newspaper pots are so easy to make and are great for the environment too.

Newspaper pots are so easy to make and are great for the environment too.

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 will need an old newspaper, scissors and a bottle of wine or a soft drink can

All that is required are an old newspaper, scissors and a bottle of wine or a soft drink can

Materials Required

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.

 

 

Method

  1. 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.

    Open the newspaper in the middle, cut it in half, and then again into quarters

    Open the newspaper in the middle, cut it in half, and then again into quarters

  2. 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. Newspaper being rolled around a wine bottle
  3. Roll the paper around the cylinder.

    Newspaper wound around a wine bottle

    Newspaper wound around a wine bottle

  4. Starting folding the end in at the join.

    Fold the end over

    Fold the end over

  5. Flatten the base of the newspaper pot (this is why a cylinder with an indented bottom is best).

    Flatten the end completely. Wine bottles and soft drink cans are great because you can make a great base for your pot with them.

    Flatten the end completely

  6. Slide the pot off the bottle.

    Slide the newspaper pot off the bottle or can

    Slide the newspaper pot off the bottle or can

  7. Add the soil. The weight of the soil keeps it all together, meaning you don’t need to use staples or sticky tape.

    Add the soil to the pot to hold it all together. Then it's ready for the seeds or cuttings.

    Add the soil to the pot to hold it all together. Then it’s ready for the seeds or cuttings.

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.


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2 thoughts on “Making newspaper pots

  • ROSIE MOFFAT

    I love this idea! A quick question ….. when you add the soil, do you also add seeds then, or do you sow seeds in a tray and then transplant into the newspaper pot? I gather watering would only be using a spray bottle? Many thanks. ROSIE @ EVPS

    • Leaf, Root & Fruit Post author

      Hi Rosie,

      I’d be sowing the seeds directly into the pots. When we’ve done this in the past, we’ve stacked many newspaper pots up against each other in a big tray. This has facilitated easy watering. However, the paper breaks down in time. You end up with one massive root ball if you don;t transplant out soon enough.

      Good Luck and Happy Gardening!

      Duncan