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How to Make Flower and Plant Pots out of Newspapers

Updated on January 17, 2012

Are you thinking of growing some plants in your home or garden and need more pots than you picked up from the hardware store? Or are you just frustrated when you have to transfer the plants into the ground? Decrease your carbon footprint and make it easy to plant out your herbs, crops and flowers. Learn how to make your own newspaper pots that are economical, environmentally friendly, and can be planted into the ground.

What you need:
Damp Soil

1. Cut the newspaper into rectangles of about 9 x 6 in.

2. Place three rectangles of newspaper on top of each other and wrap them around a jar or can.Leave about 2-3 inches of overlay at the bottom of the jar.

3. Fold the extra newspaper at the bottom of the jar so that it is flat.Leave it on a flat surface for about an hour, so it doesn’t lose its shape.

4. Pull out the jar from the newspaper and fold over the top of the newspaper to keep a straight shape.

5. Fill the newspaper pots with damp soil and push in the seeds.Keep the pots on a flat surface until the seeds begin to sprout.

6. Plant the newspaper, soil and seeds together in the ground.

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      Brittany Kennedy 6 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Thank you, kikalina and Derdriu!

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      kikalina 6 years ago from Europe

      Very good info. voted up

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      Derdriu 6 years ago

      BrittanyTodd: Thank you for such a clear, concise, organized and timely hub! That is a great suggestion for how to recycle newspapers and live green for yourself and your plants.

      Voted up, etc.,


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      Brittany Kennedy 6 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Thank you so much, Stephanie!

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      Stephanie Bradberry 6 years ago from New Jersey

      Brittany, thanks for this great idea. I will certainly use it to plant next season. Voted up!