How to Make Paper Pots from Newspaper

Reduce your use of plastic and create biodegradable seed plant pots from newspaper. To do this you will need to buy yourself a paper pot maker, which are now available in garden centres and online.

The benefits to making pots out of newspaper are numerous. It’s cost affective as you just need to invest in the pot maker itself, and you are re-purposing old paper or newspaper which you would normally throw away or recycle. The paper will naturally decompose in the ground, meaning you can plant the whole pot, giving the roots a chance to establish well without being disturbed during transplanting.

Step 1 – Carefully measure and cut the paper

Woman tearing newspaper to make newspaper pots - © GAP Photos

Woman tearing newspaper to make newspaper pots – © GAP Photos

Cut strips of paper to the correct width and length specified on the pot maker packaging. It is important to keep to the recommendations to ensure there is enough paper to create a secure bottom to the pot.

Step 2 – Wrap a strip of paper around the Insert

Woman rolling strip of newspaper tightly on to pot maker - © GAP Photos

Woman rolling strip of newspaper tightly on to pot maker – © GAP Photos

When forming the pot, try to make sure there is sufficient overhang from the insert to create the bottom of the pot. Try to keep the paper tight against the device.

Step 3 – Create the base to the paper pot

Woman pressing the folded newspaper ends into the pot maker to create the pot bottom - © GAP Photos

Woman pressing the folded newspaper ends into the pot maker to create the pot bottom – © GAP Photos

Bend the overhanging paper inwards and then press the whole thing into the wooden base

Step 4 – Apply some pressure

Woman pressing the folded newspaper ends into the pot maker to create the pot bottom - © GAP Photos

Woman pressing the folded newspaper ends into the pot maker to create the pot bottom – © GAP Photos

Apply sufficient pressure onto the pot maker to create a paper pot base. Then lift the insert up and gently slide the paper pot off.

Step 5 – Add some soil and seeds

Woman adding a little compost to each pot to cover the seed - © GAP Photos

Woman adding a little compost to each pot to cover the seed – © GAP Photos

Add some soil to the pots and sow your seeds. Give the pots a little water to get them started.

Step 5 – Don’t forget a plant label

Woman adding a wooden plant label to paper pots - © GAP Photos

Woman adding a wooden plant label to paper pots – © GAP Photos

Whenever you sow seeds, be sure to add an identification label so you know what the seedlings are when they appear. Plant out as soon as possible – you can plant the whole pot in the ground with the seedling, as the newspaper will naturally break up and decompose.