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How to… make seedling pots!

| March 20, 2010 | 25 Comments

Well, it was “so much fun” making the Funky Party Bag vlog, that I wanted to do it “again, again”.  So here we are less than 2 days later with the “How to make Seedling Pots from Newspapers!”. You may have come across these before – often they try and sell you a funny little contraption. But you don’t need anything other than:

A paper & a glass

Here I am using, erm, the Daily Mail – well, it came free with my Tescos online delivery. So, I had to put it to good use. If you are using a broadsheet, darling, you may want to tear the double sheet in half first. If you want different sizes, just used different glass diameters. I am sure you could make this using a tin too…

What is also fab about these, is that when your seedlings are ready to go in the ground, you can plant the whole pot as they “biodegrade”! Woohoo.

So. Here we go:

PS one year I had to used “coloured” newspaper – as I don’t know much about the dies used, I would not plant these straight into the ground. Your plant is easily unwrapped! If you are just using black & white paper, just stick the whole lot in the ground!

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  1. Ali at Green Baby says:

    oh I like to see a Mummy with Green Fingers, is that little Pip under her baby gym in the background? sweetheart!
    Will show my mum your vlog, she’ll love it (and may pot some seedlings up for me too!)

    Nice one Red Ted Art ! x

    • Red Ted Art says:

      That is indeed Pip Squeak – you “first heard her” on “how to make funky party bags” and now she “debuts” on “seedling plant pots”. Glad your mum will enjoy!!! Maggy

  2. Ahhh! Lovely to see you! Fab vlog, BB thinks you are a lovely lady!

  3. Ahh such a fab idea (need to do some with milly, so will defo be making) and such a cute vlog! with ickle baby in the background… looks like domestic bliss in your house ;) adorable!

  4. Red Ted Art says:

    Aah thanks icklebabe – was last year when Pip Squeak was only 4 mths old!
    And Chris – your BB is just too lovely ;-)

  5. Red Ted Art says:

    PS EVERYONE: I got the Daily Mail for free… not our standard read. Hahahaha

  6. Bev says:

    I was thinking about this yesterday and was all set to buy one of those contraption thingys so thanks for a great post!

  7. Bev says:

    ps watched again and noticed cute bubba in background awww how well behaved! :o)

  8. @simply_Hayley says:

    Those are really cool! May just have to give that a try!

    Came over from Diary of a first child ;-)

    Mwah xx

  9. Those are fab Maggy! I’ll be bookmarking that, since my personal project this summer is to grow my own veggie garden!

  10. becky says:

    Really cool maggie i will have a go this w/e thank you!

  11. Great idea for some green fingered crafts! My daughter would love doing this! (Visiting from Blog Gems!)xxx

  12. SAHMlovingit says:

    Aw how fab! I wish I had green fingers…popped across from blog gems :)

  13. googiemomma says:

    great tutorial! thanks so much for sharing! we’re getting ready to start our seedlings…and i think we try a different way of doing it EVERY YEAR!
    (bonus for me–as my dad is a newspaper pressman, i have access to unprinted news sheets–no ink whatsoever to worry about! whoot!)

  14. Betsy says:

    Newspapers contain \”mineral oils\” which technically are not edible, so if these are edible plants, I suggest finding something different to use as a planter. The colored inks are made from different oils, like linseed and also pose a risk if ingested. From what I can gather, they are recyclable but that doesn\’t neccessarily mean they will not harm the environment.

  15. Betsy says:

    I meant to add, egg shells work great as eco-friendly planters.

  16. How eco friendly are loo rolls for the same thing? I\’ve just used newspaper (wine bottles are good to wrap round, as are kids drinks bottles)and also used toilet rolls cut in half to make them shorter with a tiny square of newspaper pressed in the bottom.

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