How to Make Your Own Seedling Pots


Making your own seedling pots is a great afternoon activity for the entire family and a wonderful way to get children excited about gardening. With a stack of newspapers, a can or water bottle, and a few minutes, you’ll be ready to add your potting soil and seeds before you know it.



Start with a stack of newspapers. Little Buddy chose to start with the comics, of course.He had to spend a few minutes reading them again before we started making our pots.


Tear the paper into long strips.


Place your bottle about 3/4 of the width of the paper strip.


And roll.


Begin folding the end of the paper onto the bottom of the bottle.



Tuck the final pointed corner underneath the other folds for a tight finish.



Fill with your favorite potting soil, plant your seeds according to package directions, and be ready to enjoy your seedlings knowing you’ve not invested a ton of money in seedling pots! These make a great project for Earth Day coming up on April 22nd, too!


For more great ideas on starting and caring for seedlings, be sure to check out these great posts.


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29 comments on “How to Make Your Own Seedling Pots”

  1. A great way to recycle newspapers AND grow seedlings. So cute, Robyn!

  2. OMgosh that is such a cute idea. Persephone is always planting plants in the little plastic garden cups.

  3. So smart!! Great project for the kids too!!

  4. I love this post – growing and cooking food is a great way to get kids to eat better (and parents too!)

  5. I remember doing something like this when I was young, except at that time we used disposable dixie cups. This is much more environmentally friendly.

  6. I love this Robyn – Allison would really enjoy doing this!!

  7. Love this idea! The sets always seemed pricey and like such a waste. Thanks for the tip 🙂

  8. Oooh, thank you for posting this. Now I gotta go buy dirt!

  9. these are soooooo cute and a fantastic way to celebrate earth day!!

  10. This is a wonderful idea, Robyn. The weather is finally warming up here and we’re getting very close to planting our garden. This would be a great project to do with our kids.

  11. Great idea, Robyn! I can’t wait until the weather warms up so I can take advantage of the idea.

  12. This is so cute Robyn. You are very creative! Thanks for the weekend project idea for the kiddos.

  13. I totally tried this a couple years ago with herbs but they all died, lol…I think I have a black thumb! Such a great activity to celebrate Earth Day!

  14. What a great DIY! My little guy will love making these. Can’t wait to make them with him.

  15. What a great family idea… and so useful! Those little seedling pots they have at the big box stores are way too expensive and never fit on my windowsill. This is perfect!

  16. Fabulous idea! Wish I would have seen these earlier. You’re so smart.

  17. what a cool idea…this may be a stupid question but – do you plant the newspaper cup as well?

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  19. Hey there Robyn!

    Awesome idea!! 🙂 I was wondering about how long do you let them set in your window?

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