Make Your Own Planter Pots

I knocked this device up a few years ago after seeing the concept on the web. It lets you use strips of newspaper to make planter pots for seeds. The idea is, you fill the pot with soil and a seed, and when it is ready to plant you just bury the whole thing in the garden – the paper rots away and the roots grow through it. This is great for minimising the shock to roots from transplanting, especially with root veges like carrots, beetroot or parsnips.

Using it is easy – just take a strip of newspaper slightly wider than the length of the pot-maker and line it up with the top edge.

Roll the newspaper around the pot-maker.

Fold the ends in.

Squish the pot-maker into the base and twist it a few times to form the bottom of the pot.

Remove the base and you should see its shape embossed into the bottom of the pot.

Gently slide the new paper pot off the pot-maker with a twisting motion – Done!


  1. Clare Says :
    14 October, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    John, you’re a genius. Can we borrow it for a night?

  2. John Says :
    14 October, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    Clare – you’re the smart one. Why make one when you can just borrow one for a bit – now that’s thinking!

    It’s amazing how many pots you can make in an evening in front of the TV.

  3. xtine Says :
    10 May, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    there great arnt they i have one although didnt make it wherhouse sells them now in the garden section i wanted one for years there great an if your giving people seedlings it dosnt cost you in pots an you never run out couse you can just make some more pluse when the pot decomposes you have fertilized for thr plants

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