How to Makes Plant Pots From Newspapers


Plant pots can be expensive, especially if you need a large number of them because you are starting seeds indoors in preparation for outdoor planting. Instead of spending money on plant pots, make your own plant pots from newspapers and duct tape. Once you learn the process, you might be amazed how quickly and easily you can make a large number of plant pots.

Step 1

Place the single sheet of newspaper onto a flat work surface. Cut the newspaper into thirds along the length of the newspaper.

Step 2

Stack the three newspaper pieces on top of each other and line up the edges and corners. Place the soup can on top of the newspaper pieces so that the top of the can is lined up with a long edge of the newspaper pieces and the side of the can is lined up with a short edge of the newspaper pieces. The soup can will be in a corner of the newspaper pieces. The newspaper should extend at least one inch beyond the bottom of the soup can.

Step 3

Begin rolling the newspaper pieces around the soup can tightly. Continue rolling the newspaper around the soup can until there is no more newspaper to roll. Secure the end of the newspaper to the soup can with a piece of duct tape.

Step 4

Fold the newspaper around the bottom edge of the soup can to create the bottom of the plant pot. Make the newspaper conform as closely as possible to the shape of the soup can. Secure the folded newspaper with another piece of duct tape.

Step 5

Slip the newspaper plant pot off the soup can carefully. Fill with potting soil and use to plant seeds or seedlings.

Step 6

Place the paper pots onto a tray. For best results, nestle the paper pots closely together on the tray because they will provide support to each other on the tray. Water the plants in the plant pots directly on the tray.

Things You'll Need

  • One single newspaper sheet for each plant pot
  • Scissors
  • Soup can
  • Duct tape
  • Potting soil
  • Tray


  • Newspaper Plant Pots
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