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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Sturdy Recycled Newspaper Pots Tutorial (“Origami Fold”)

Newspaper Starter Pots
We’ve been making these post for several years now and love how they are made from newspaper which most people can find for completely free.
Check to make sure your newspapers are printed with vegetable based inks. If they are recyclable they should be fine, but it doesn't hurt to call your paper and find out for sure.

These recycled newspaper pots are relatively easy to make and allow you to easily transplant seedling to the garden. By making pots this way you won’t need to use any tape, glue, string, or staples. These finished pots are also very sturdy.

By the way if you have older children they can definitely help make these. We also have lots of other tips for gardening with kids.


1. Start with a single page of newspaper folded in half on the crease.

2. Fold the newspaper in half again, lining up the bottom and top edges of the newspaper.

3. Cut about 3-3 1/2 inches off of the right side, through all four layers. If your newspapers are wider you may not need to cut any paper off. (The newspapers we used were approximately 11 inches wide.)

4. Fold in half from the bottom up.

5. Crease well.

6. Fold in half from the left to the right.

7. Crease well.

8. Take the bottom right corner (blue flower in the photo) and opening up the flap, line the corner crease up with the crease in the middle.

9. Flip the whole thing over.

10. Repeat with the flap on the left. (red flower in the photos)

11. Pull the left and right flap that are face up together.

12. Pull the back two flaps together. You should now have a smooth looking "triangle" with no loose bits.

13. Fold the top right flap in so the edge meets the middle crease. Crease firmly.
14. Fold the same flap in again (kind of like a paper airplane).
15. Repeat with the top left flap.
16. Flip the whole thing over and fold both flaps in the same way as the previous side.
17. Fold the tabs that are facing up into the pot so that the top folded edge lines up with the sides.
18. Flip the pot around and fold down the other tabs.
19. Fill with potting soil, dirt, or seed starter and plant your seeds or seedlings.

We normally make a large batch of newspaper pots at once. To keep the folded in tabs from coming undone, we collapse the first pot, folding the sides in like the sides of a gift bag and place it under a book.

Once another pot is complete we simply place the first pot inside of the second. The pot inside is still collapsed like a gift bag and keeps the second pot from coming undone. Four collapsed pots fit nicely into one expanded pot.
This also makes it easy to keep track of how many pots you have made since each group consists of five pots.

Place your recycled newspaper pots on an old cookie sheet or tray that has a small side to keep pots from falling off.



To transplant into the garden simply cut the bottom of the pots and plant the entire pot along with the plant. Make sure you dig holes large enough to bury the entire pot (having exposed newspaper can cause issue with moisture loss). Keeping the seedling in the pot helps protect the roots during transplanting and the newspaper will decompose in the garden.

Today’s Question: Do you have any tried and true garden tips? We’d love to hear them?

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Blogger Natural Mothers Network said...

Wow- found you on Tip Junkie- this is a great idea and so clearly explained. I am delighted to have discovered your blog. I run a weekly linky called Seasonal Celebration at Natural Mothers Network- call by each Monday- you would be so welcome.

March 20, 2012 at 10:22 AM  
Blogger Austina said...

love this idea! i found you on tip junkie also.

March 20, 2012 at 11:41 AM  
Blogger Sybilline said...

Nice idea!
Need to find out about the ink!

March 20, 2012 at 4:20 PM  
Blogger Ginny @ said...

I just love this idea! I found you over on Today's Creative Blog.

I'm hosting a brand new linky party on my blog, Organizing Homelife, and I would love for you to link up this post!

March 28, 2012 at 3:19 PM  

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