Wednesday, September 15, 2010

How to make a paper pot!

Firstly you do not need one of the wooden pot maker thingmies, but this is how I learned. Once you know how it's easy and you can use bottles, jam jars, anything cylindrical that's the size you want the pot to be.


1. Start with a newspaper supplement - it's just the right size.
2. For small pots half the page down the natural fold, then half it again.

3. Fold the paper in half lengthways.
making sure the side with the fold is at the bottom.

4. Fold up a corner

5. Roll the paper round the wood, making sure the folded side it at the top. Start at the end without the folded up corner.  Make sure the folded corner ends up on the inside.

6. Fold in the bottom part - a bit like wrapping a present

7. Ram into the pot part to squish the ends down.

9. voila!

To make a bigger pot I got a bottle. This is a Barkers juice bottle and it's the perfect size to use half a page of a supplement. 
Fold in half and fold up a corner as above.

Roll the paper round the bottle the same way as before
fold in the bottom and just tap it against a table or something!


Apologies for terrible photographs - it was getting dark and the light was bad!


  1. That is a great idea! Going to try it right now.

  2. Brilliant! I am printing this.

  3. I was too scared to ask you where you got your paper pot maker....I sometimes think I leave too many comments and ask too many questions on some blogs...but I SO wanted to make some of those pots..thanks..

  4. ask as much as you want! I'll never mind! xx

  5. Anonymous4:52 am

    Thank you for writing this post. I am going to bookmark it for next spring.

  6. WendyJW10:24 am

    Thanks so much Laura! You have no idea how good your timing is..... after buying one of these recently (for hubbys Fathers Day present..haha) we have had trouble following the instructions. I was about to google it. Well done - our seedlings will thank you for it.

  7. Anonymous2:24 pm

    I have done this a couple of times using your instructions. The bottom of mine doesn't look like it would hold. Do you cellotape it or something. Maybe I am doing something wrong. k

  8. I'm sure you're doing it right. Once the potting mix is in the pot it gives it more stability and the weight of it keeps the bottom of the pot flat. You could use a wee bit of tape - but I would take it off ( most likely get soaked off anyway) before putting in the ground

  9. You are such a darling showing us all how to make your perfect little pots. It looks easy when you gave us the pictures with the instructions. I have yet to try,although this afternoon I will put myself to the test. A great recycling idea.

  10. Wonderful explanation! Thanks!

  11. Anonymous2:12 pm

    I just bought a book "Gardening with Kids" and it had one of those nifty pot makers in the book. I've never seen one here in the states, lovely idea though. I'm gonna give it a go with my kindergarteners, fingers crossed. Thanks for your helpful photos, keep you posted.


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