Makin’ Newspaper Pots…

Here’s the sequel to Newspaper Mulch… “Newspaper Pots”

1. Cut a page of newspaper in half.
2. Fold the top and bottom in to form a strip. For my pots, I used the sink tiles as a guide and made the strips 4 inches tall.
3. Roll the strip around a soda can.

4. Secure the strip with a little piece of masking tape at the top.
5. Move the can up to make room at the bottom to push the sides in. Fold the seam into the bottom of the can.
6. Repeat folding around the sides in until you have created a bottom for the pot. If you want, you can also place a little piece of tape here.

7. Here’s the finished Newspaper Pot.
8. Fill to the top with potting mix.
9. Sow some seeds in it and place in a tray.

I saw instructions to make pots out of newspaper on the web and modified it to the size I want. In my case, a soda can was the perfect size, but you can use a bigger can or a bottle.

This is the first time I’ve done this, so I’m not sure if the walls of the pot are thick enough. I may use 2 plies of newspaper in step 1 next time… I’ll just see how this first batch goes.

Once the plants are ready to transplant, place the whole thing including the newspaper in the ground. The newspaper should decompose and you won’t have to disturb the roots.

How’d I do? :)

  • That’s great! I learned how to do that when I was in elementary school (I’m not exactly sure why we learned that), but I haven’t used it in such a long time. What a great way to recycle! :)

    • It sure is… I’m finding many uses for newspaper now :)

  • Are you using plastic cutlery as seed labels ? Brilliant !!

    Great photos and step-by-step instructions : ) I think you could even make them without the masking tape using the right folds, I’d have to try it and see. 100% recycled pots, I love it.

    • Yup yup… I sure did. Those little forks came with these bowls of ramen. They were too small to use, so I found another use for them :)