How to Make Biodegradable Seed Pots With Newspaper

Heather Paulding
by Heather Paulding
This week, I stumbled onto the Better Homes & Gardens website during a random Google search related to gardening. I came across a video of a woman creating a biodegradable seedling pot out of was astounding and super creative! Then, I noticed the woman using a weird wooden contraption. It was a thick wooden dial rod of sorts. It also appeared that it was specifically made for the sole purpose of making these Eco-friendly seed pots. That's not very "Eco-friendly". Do you know what I thought? These seed pots look exactly like empty toilet paper rolls! And that's what I used for my empty toilet paper roll. HA! There is no shortage of TP in our house...that's for sure.
Below, I have a step by step YouTube instructional video. This is a very simple DIY project. There is no need to go to Home Depot to buy seedling pots anymore! Take 6 to 8 inches wide of 2-ply newspaper and start to roll with the toilet paper tube in the middle. One end can be flush with the newspaper and the other end needs about 2 inches excess at the bottom for tucking. Once you have rolled your newspaper around the toilet paper tube once or twice tuck the end with the 2-inch excess into the bottom. Trim the other end if necessary. Sit your newspaper tube on a table(tucked end down) then, grab a thick pen or marker and gently press inside your toilet paper tube to compress the newspaper at the bottom. This will flatten your newspaper and create "the bottom" of your pot. Wiggle the toilet paper tube out and you are all done!
Step by step instructions on how to make your Biodegradable Seed Pots!
Heather Paulding
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
Frequently asked questions
Have a question about this project?
  3 questions
  • Lynn Palamara Maranowski Lynn Palamara Maranowski on Jan 30, 2017
    I would think that the toilet paper roll would be biodegradable also or am I wrong?

  • Lynn Campbell Behnke Lynn Campbell Behnke on Jan 30, 2017
    Why use newspaper? I just cut my TP tools in two, then made cuts every 1/2 inch around one end and folded them in to make a bottom. Very good for seeds that took a while to sprout under artificial light.

  • Arlene Mecham Rush Arlene Mecham Rush on May 23, 2017
    I think the colored dyes in newspaper ink should not be used with food. So use black and white for vegetable plants.

Join the conversation
2 of 25 comments
  • Carol Carol on Jan 31, 2017
    Why not use an paper egg carton? When your seeds are started and ready for the outside, just take a shape knife or siccors and separate them. The paper carton will rot down just as easily and will hold the moisture just as well.

  • Mfbandit769 Mfbandit769 on Feb 01, 2017
    Egg shells also work great. So do lemon or orange peels (after the fruit is cut in half and scooped out).