Easy Newspaper Pots

| 11/30/2011 8:28:51 AM

Tags: newspaper pots, DIY, easy. seed starting, Angela Blackerby,

Last year, I spent a good amount of time making newspaper pots for my seedling transplants during the busy spring season.  This winter, I am trying to make a few as I go, so that I will have them ready when I need them.  This is the easiest and most effective way I have found to make newspaper pots.

No glue, tape, scissors or black belt in origami necessary.  I swear.

First, gather your supplies.  You will need newspaper, preferably black and white, with few pictures.  Soy-based ink is the best for the planet and your garden, and you should try to avoid colored ink completely.  You can call your newspaper to find out what kind of ink they use.


You will also need a can. Any can will do! Truly, any kind. Even Japanese sweetened Azuki beans.  No one will know. 


That's it!  Now for the good stuff.  Double up your newspaper if you have a single sheet.  If you have an attached middle section, you won't need to do that.  Fold your newspaper section in half, lengthwise.

1st Step

Place your can on one end of the newspaper, so that about half the can is above the paper.

nancy smith
1/23/2012 1:11:04 AM

I used these last year and have a few suggestions: fill to the top with soil as the excess paper wicks the moisture from the soil. Do not let the outside dry. I make mine narrower (beer bottle width) which allows room for roots and permits more pots per flat. I also find that crimping the bottom in a jar lid or slightly larger can makes the pot bottom flatter and the sides less likely to unroll. If you want to see my pot-making tools, check out my blog, Savory Jardin, at http://savoryjardin.blogspot.com/2011/10/being-frugal-for-peats-sake.html.

donyelle headington
12/14/2011 9:46:14 PM


stacey herrick
12/2/2011 3:00:25 AM

I made a bunch of these this past spring when I ran out of peat pots starting my veggie seeds. I was impressed with how good they work and how long they held together. They are also very simple to make, my son who was 6 at the time enjoyed helping make them and it made for a fun afternoon project that day! Will definately be making more for next season instead of buying pots!

tanya johnson
12/1/2011 11:21:35 PM

This is brilliant! Perfect in fact! Thank you so much! I'm definitely going to make up a few of these!

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