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Learn how to make your own seedling pots to jump start your gardening! An easy and economical way to start seeds for your garden!

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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 ¾ 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!

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

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Originally shared 2011.

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

    1. Absolutely perfect project with kids. Little ones may need a little help with the final folding and tucking.

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

    1. Thanks, Michelle. We’ve loved making these for years. It’s a great project all the way around!

  3. 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.

  4. Love this idea! The sets always seemed pricey and like such a waste. Thanks for the tip πŸ™‚

    1. You are right! They do get so pricey and I love that you can just plant these right into your garden!

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

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