Make Newspaper Plant Pots – Start Seedlings the Earth-Friendly Way

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It’s time to get those gardens ready! If you like to start your own pots from seedlings, you need a container to start them in. How about the option of creating new pots from something you already have laying around the house? That’s what you can do when you make newspaper plant pots!

Make Newspaper Plant Pots

Making newspaper plant pots is easy with an inexpensive pot maker. You can eliminate the need for plastic pots or expensive alternatives from the garden store. It’s easy to use. Just roll the newspaper around the PotMaker, and press to make your pot! It’s even simple enough for kids. They will have fun while helping you out and saving the family money at the same time. You (or your kids) can make dozens of pots in less than an hour.


How to Use Your Pots

Once your potted seedlings have grown big enough to move to the garden, just transfer them, newspaper and all, into their permanent homes. As the plants grow, the newspaper will naturally biodegrade into the soil. This is a great way to grow your own herbs, too! This is also a great option when you want to give small seedlings or cuttings from your plants to your friends or relatives. You can even dress up your newspaper plant pots by wrapping a piece of colored paper around the outside, or even just tie a piece of twine as a rustic ribbon.

Do-It-Yourself Plant PotMaker from NewspaperDo-It-Yourself Plant PotMaker from Newspaper

Even though it’s inexpensive, this pot maker is high quality. It’s made from hardwood Canadian maple. It wipes clean or can be hand-washed after use. Since it is made from hardwood, it is almost indestructible and does not require special care.

The PotMaker itself is completely recyclable. All-in-all, the PotMaker is a cost efficient and earth-friendly way to grow plants, re-using newspaper in a safe way. It helps replace environmentally harmful plastic garden pots while saving money in the DIY process.


Pro Tips:

If you are worried that your pots will fall apart, try using a tiny piece of tape.
To avoid dampening the newspaper, water your plants with a spray-bottle.
For a unique look try using scrap-booking paper. (This is extra special for those plant gifts we mentioned!)

Make Newspaper Plant Pots - Make Newspaper Plant Pots from discarded newspapers to start your garden seedlings. You'll save money using this earth-friendly option.' About Chrysa

Chrysa is the founder and owner of, a site dedicated to living a fabulous life on a frugal budget. Her approach is that by spending less on the boring everyday stuff, you can have more money to splurge on the things you REALLY want, whether it’s travel, fashion, electronics – you name it! Chrysa is married, has a 8-year old nephew she dotes on, as well as three lovable cats and a big sweetie of a German Shepherd.


  1. These are so darn cute. Newspaper doesn’t sound so great, but it is amazing just how nice these are!

  2.' shelly peterson says:

    This is a really meat idea. I would never have thought to do this.

  3.' Julie Wood says:

    WOW! This is such a good idea to make newspaper plant pots. I really like reusing things at home and it saves money!

  4.' MichelleS says:

    This is such a neat idea that I never even thought of before.

  5. Great idea!

  6.' Lisa Queen says:

    This is a wonderful idea! My grandchildren and I will have to make these Newspaper Plant Pots. Thanks for sharing this!

  7.' Jessica W says:

    I love this fresh new take on recycling newspaper.

  8.' Betsy Barnes says:

    I love these! They are really cute and look easy!

  9.' Laurie Emerson says:

    These are just adorable. I am going to make them tomorrow with my class for their Mother’s Day gifts to take home!

  10.' Jerry Marquardt says:

    This is such an informative article, and I love that you share some locations to find this at. Thanks for sharing it with us.


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