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Passionate About Paper Pots
A new use for newspaper
We're far from a paperless society, and I'm sure that we all recycle our newspapers to do our bit for the planet. But they are also useful as craft supplies. I'm passionate about making pots - they're great for seedlings, and even make good short-term pots for larger plants, and mean you can start sowing seeds without spending any money on seedling pots!
In cooler climates, Valentine's Day is the perfect time to start sowing seeds that need a long growing season (e.g. tomatoes and peppers) - so send a Valentine to the planet and grow your own food, using your own homemade pots!
Do you make your own paper pots?
Have you made your own paper pots before?
Making paper pots: Step 1 - You will need...
These photos show me making some larger pots in which to pot up bare-root strawberry plants when the weather was (unexpectedly) too cold to plant them out in the garden. The same method applies to paper pots of all sizes, you just need to find the right object to use as a template (the 1 litre bottle is what I used here).
Apart from the template, you'll need sheets of newspaper, scissors and sticky tape.
Step 2 - Origami
Take two sheets of newspaper (or one large spread, folded, depended on the size of your template) and turn down the top until they are the right size to fit onto your template (the extra fold also makes the top more sturdy).
Step 3 - On a roll
Roll the newspaper around your template. Note that the top fold in on the outside.
Paper Pot Makers from Amazon - Moulds to help you make your paper pots
Paper Pot Makers are little wooden devices that make it easy to make your own pots out of newspaper - not glue or tape required! They come in a range of sizes, but are most often sized to make small seedlings pots.
This paper pot maker is 3.1 x 5 x 3.1 inches, and comes with an instruction sheet.
A super tool for making 1-3/4" diameter pots, perfect for seed starting.
Eliminate the need for plastic pots and puts old newspapers to good use with this easy-to-use pot maker.
Imported from the Thoughtful Gardener of Bath in England, this lovely pot maker is 6.5" tall x 3" diameter.
Step 4 - Nip and tuck
Tuck in the end of the top fold, to that it's strong, and neat and tidy. It's a bit fiddly, so if you can't manage it, simply tape it down.
Step 5 - You've got it taped!
The final stage is to fold in the spare newspaper at the bottom of the pot and tape it together - just like you're wrapping a gift.
Step 6 - Fill and plant!
All that remains now is to fill your new pots with compost and plant your plants or sow your seeds. Remember that newspaper is fragile when wet, so it's useful to put your filled pots in a tray before you water them.
Paper pots also tend to grow mold. Try watering them with chamomile tea, which is anti-fungal and good for your plants as well!
More ways to make paper pots
Mine isn't the only way to make paper pots, so check out these links if you want more information!
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- Paper Pots For Seed Sowing | Higgledy Garden
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- Paper Pots For Seed Sowing Update. | Higgledy Garden
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- Comparing Soil Blocks & Paper Pots for Starting Seeds Indoors
Two thrifty and eco-friendly ways to hold the soil when starting seeds indoors are soil blocks and paper pots. Read this comparison of the two methods.
- How to make paper pots - Projects: Creative projects - gardenersworld.com
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Find lots more items to make from recycled materials over on my Cool Recycling and Salvage Crafts lens.
There are more things to make with newspaper, including this lovely basket, and you'll find an idea to help you fill your newspaper pots as well!