Make your own paper plant pot!

Here at Tops, we always try to be as sustainable and eco-friendly as possible. That’s why we’ve started making our own paper plant pots! See how to make yours below:

You will need:

  • Newspaper
  • A cylindrical object (to wrap the newspaper around)
  • Compost
  • Seeds


  • Cut clean, dry newspaper into strips according to the pot size you wish to make
  • Select the two pot maker parts to make either a 4cm or 6cm pot (fig.1)
  • Roll the strip of paper loosely around the cylinder using the top guide leaving a 3cm excess paper over hanging for the small pot, and a 4cm overhang for the large pot at the bottom to form the base. (Note: if the paper is too tightly rolled, it will be difficult to remove the finished pot from the cylinder)
  • Fold the overhanging excess paper over to form the base
  • Press folded end onto the base of the pot maker and twist gently to secure the pot base
  • Remove the pot and fill with compost
  • Plant seeds or seedlings directly into your new paper pots
  • Transplant seedlings into your garden without removing from the paper pots, as these will bio-degrade naturally.

Check out some photos of the children making their own plant pots!

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