How to Make Flower Pots Out of Newspaper


Recycling and saving money are common behaviors in gardening. While there are many earth-friendly gardening pots and seed-starting kits on the market, making newspaper pots at home is a simple process that saves time and money. In addition to being inexpensive and efficient, making these homemade containers is a great project for little ones. For ease of transplanting, newspaper pots, used to start seedlings for the outdoor garden or herbs for the kitchen, are a simple, biodegradable alternative that goes directly into the ground when it is time to transplant seedlings.

Step 1

Tear one full page of newspaper in half. Fold the page in half, or thirds, lengthwise, depending upon how tall the pot needs to be.

Step 2

Lay the folded newspaper on a flat surface. Place a bottle or can on one end of the paper, leaving at least 2 inches of newspaper at the bottom of the bottle. The extra paper will be used to form the bottom of the pot.

Step 3

Wrap the newspaper around the circumference of the can or bottle, holding it firmly. Roll toward the other end of the paper, keeping it tight against the can.

Step 4

Fold the extended paper up against the bottom, flat edge of the can or bottle, then set it on a flat surface. Twist the bottle around inside the pot to mold the bottom pieces of paper together.

Step 5

Set newspaper pots in a flat seed tray or shallow plastic container, then fill with soil and plant seedlings as needed. Keep pots in the tray to prevent water damage on other surfaces.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Bottle or can (with flat bottom)
  • Tray or shallow plastic box


  • Jiffy Peat Pots Alternative

Who Can Help

  • Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service: Starting Seeds Indoors
  • The Cook's Garden: Pot Maker
Keywords: newspaper plant pots, homemade pots, seed pots

About this Author

Deborah Waltenburg has been a freelance writer since 2002. In addition to her work for Demand Studios, Waltenburg has written for websites such as Freelance Writerville and Constant Content, and has worked as a ghostwriter for travel/tourism websites and numerous financial/debt reduction blogs.