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DIY Paper Seed Starting Pots

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The best way to get an early start in gardening is to create seed starting pots indoors and start seeds indoors. 

Making your seed starter pots recycled is the most economical way to achieve an environmentally friendly pot. 

The best part is you can plant your seedling pots directly in your raised beds, vegetable beds, flower beds, hanging baskets, or window flower boxes.

seedlings growing in DIY newspaper pots in a tray

Seedlings in paper pots

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Newspaper Seed Starter Pots

The easiest way to make paper pots is to use your discarded newspapers and recycle paper. They provide the perfect free pot to start seeds. Another advantage to using biodegradable pots is there is no transplant shock.

Paper pot Supplies on a wooden table outside

Paper seed pot Supplies

Seed Starting Pots Supplies

***I recommend watching the how-to video before you begin.

1. Cut Newspaper

You will want to cut your newspaper into strips of about 3″ to 4″ the full width of the paper. 

I recommend that you cut all your strips before forming your pots.

Using scissors to cut newspaper on a wooden table outside

Cut newspaper for seed starting pots

2. Shape Seed Pots

To begin making your pots wrap your strip of newspaper around the top part of your paper pot maker aligning it top edge of the paper to the top of the pot form.

Next, roll the newspaper around the cylinder shape of the pot maker and hold it in place with one hand.



Wearing gardening gloves wrapping the newspaper around the paper pot maker

wrap paper around the pot maker

Then fold over the excess paper on the bottom.

fold in the bottom of the newspaper wrapped around the pot maker

Fold in paper

Next, press and twist the newspaper-wrapped handle into the base.

Pushing down the wooden pot maker and turning it to secure the bottom

Turn the seed maker

You should have a tightly formed seed pot that is ready to be slipped off the form.

Notice: the tight formed bottom folded edges.


Bottom view of pot and the top view of the pot press

Seed starting pot bottom

3. Fill and Plant Seeds

Eco-friendly seed starter pots ready to sow seeds. 

Next, fill your seed pots with good quality potting mix.


Filling the seed starter pots with soil using a trowel

Filling newspaper seed pots

Then plant seeds according to the seed pack’s directions.

Planting moonflower seeds

Plant seeds

I like to make plant markers for my seed trays so I know what is planted in each pot.


Seed starter pots filled with soil and seeds with a graden marker

Filled seed newspaper pots

Next, place all your paper pots in seed trays and moisten with a plant mister.


seedlings in a seed starter tray ready to transplant

Seedling starter tray filled with seed starter pots

You can plant the entire paper pot when the seedlings are ready to transplant.



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Tuesday 5th of December 2023

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Wednesday 15th of November 2023

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Friday 12th of May 2023

Your idea makes it so convenient to just plop those pots right into the planters without extra work. I'm all about easy! Here via A Morning Cup of Joe.


Thursday 16th of February 2023

This is brilliant. I know to use paper pots to avoid transplant shock but hadn't considered making my own Kippi. Great idea.

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