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Gardening projects for kids: Planet-friendly paper pots

by Timber Press on June 25, 2012

in Craft, Gardening

The following project is an excerpt from The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids, your guide to getting kids outside, dirty, and having fun. Don’t forget to enter our giveaway to win a set of kids’ garden tools, sunscreen, a copy of the book, and more!

Make paper pots with your kids to learn about reusing a common piece of household trash. You can purchase a wooden pot maker at kidsgardening.org or use a full, unopened 5.5-ounce juice can.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Scissors
  • Old newspaper
  • A pot maker
  • Seed-starting mix
  • Seeds
  • An empty nursery tray or milk carton cut in half lengthwise

Here’s what you’ll do:

  1. Cut the newspaper into strips 3 × 10 inches wide.
  2. Place a newspaper strip on a flat surface, with the short end close to you.
  3. Place the pot maker on this same end of the newspaper strip, leaving about 1 1/2 inches of newspaper hanging over the bottom.
  4. Roll the pot maker over the table, away from you, to wrap it in newspaper.
  5. Fold in the part hanging over the bottom.
  6. Turn the pot maker upright and press down on the table.
  7. Gently remove the pot maker. You should have a newspaper pot.
  8. Make pots for all the seeds you want to plant, and enough to fill a nursery tray or half milk carton.
  9. Fill your new pots with seed-starting mix, then place your pots in a nursery tray or milk carton side by side so they are held upright.
  10. Plant and label your seeds. Keep them watered and watch them grow.

Note: When your seedlings are ready to transplant, you can remove them from the newspaper pots by peeling the newspaper away. You can also plant each seedling in its pot and let the newspaper decompose in the ground. In this case, make sure to bury all of the newspaper completely, so that it does not wick water away from your plant’s roots.

(All photos credit: John Fisher)

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