How to Make Folded Paper Plant Pots


Make your own plant starter pots from newspaper. These little pots are very easy to make, and they are a great way to reuse your old newspapers. Children can craft these pots, which makes the process a great way for kids to learn eco-friendly, do-it-yourself methods. The pots are recyclable and sturdy enough to last until your seedlings are ready to be transplanted into your garden.

Step 1

Use one full sheet of newspaper, with a fold already made so it is in a regular two-page format. Fold it in half by matching the two long edges. Fold it in half again by matching the long edges. The folded piece of newspaper is now a long strip, eight layers thick.

Step 2

Place the glass along one end of the newspaper. Place it so that the mouth of the glass is about half-way across the narrow width of the folded newspaper strip.

Step 3

Begin rolling the glass, rolling the folded newspaper strip around it. Roll it all the way to the other end of the folded newspaper. The rolled newspaper should extend beyond the mouth of the glass about 2 inches.

Step 4

Hold the rolled newspaper strip so it doesn't unroll, and tuck the extended edges of the newspaper down into the glass, folding along the lip of the glass.

Step 5

Slip the glass out of the newspaper roll. You may need to twist the glass a little to get it out.

Step 6

Set the folded/tucked edge of the rolled newspaper flat on a table so the ring stands upright. Reach inside the roll, and push the tucked edges down against the flat table, creating the bottom of the pot.

Step 7

Use the bottom of the glass inside the roll to tightly press the bottom of the pot into place. Let it crumple and fold together as you press it. This holds the pot in shape.

Step 8

Fill your paper pot with soil, and plant seeds or transplant seedlings into it.

Things You'll Need

  • Old newspapers
  • Drinking glass with untapered sides


  • Make your own pots for free
  • Paper Potter
  • Soy Ink

Who Can Help

  • Origami plant pot
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Fern Fischer writes about quilting and sewing, and she professionally restores antique quilts to preserve these historical pieces of women's art. She also covers topics of organic gardening, health, rural lifestyle, home and family. For over 35 years, her work has been published in print and online.