Read All About It! Make Your Own Gardening Pots

If you’ve been thinking of starting your miniature garden, you’re in luck! There’s an easy, earth-friendly way to do it. Make your own biodegradable starter pots from non-glossy magazines or newspapers that you have sitting around!

I came across this green idea from the current issue of ReadyMade, and thought it would be the perfect project to highlight on Earth Day!

Newspaper Starter Pots

1. Cut a full sheet of newspaper into strips (mine were about 4 inches wide). This width will vary depending on how much soil you need to sprout your seeds. To mold the paper into a cylindrical shape, use a bottle and wrap the paper around it, then fold and tuck about an inch under the bottom to form a base.

2. After your pots are formed, fill them with soil and plant the seeds below the top layer. With light watering and a little TLC (my seeds preferred to listen to “Waterfalls” – jk!), your seeds will sprout!

3. Once there around 2 – 3 leaves on the plants’ stems, it’s time to transplant them into a bigger home! Dig a hole in the ground, place your pot inside, cover with soil, and dampen with water to make sure your newspaper pots give your pots a head start at decomposition. Before you know it, you’ll be picking mint leaves from your new herb garden to make homemade mojitos!

Are you guys doing any green crafts this Earth Day? We want to know!


About Julianne

Julie is a modern day Renaissance woman and die-hard bloody mary enthusiast. When she’s not sprinkling magic fairy dust onto ModCloth’s social media channels, you can find her eclectic point of view on food, fashion, music, and DIY documented here!

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    sara clement 04/22/2010 at 6:23 pm #

    My earth day project was to start crafting twin bonsai’s to honor my twin son’s that were born still on earth day. I found wonderful starter tool sets and supplies at, and have carefully split, grafted and re potted two beautiful little bonsai which are starting to show purple and yellow buds today indicating that my experiment is working! It’s a beautiful way to celebrate earth day, and remember my beautiful sons….

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    Ashley 04/25/2010 at 2:53 am #

    I’ve always wanted to start my own garden one day. When I actually have the money I’ll keep this wonderful idea in mind. I’m also feeding worms yey! 🙂

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    Katie Lauren 04/26/2010 at 10:33 am #

    I’ve been gardening for a few years now, and when I was designing my beds throughout the years, well, it wasn’t until recently I started planting stuff that would attract bees. They are a integral part of any garden and unfortunately their population is diminishing, so plant lavenders, purple heart, roses, any big flower. You could save the world just a little bit by doing so.

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