How to make newspaper pots

How to…

Learn how to make your own plant pots from recycled newspapers. Have fun and save your school money.

  • Estimated time: 15 minutes
  • Location: Outdoors & Indoors
  • School term: All year round
  • Level of experience: No experience needed


Use these newspaper pots to grow peas and beans for school garden. Plant these pots and seedlings straight into the ground once they are large enough. The pots will rot away (biodegrade) within a couple of weeks.  

  1. Take your sheet of newspaper and fold it almost in half lengthways. Fold over the shorter top like an envelope.

  2. Place the can at the top of the paper where it is 3 layers thick and start to roll the can along it.

  3. Remember to keep the top of the can at the top of the newspaper.

  4. When you have finished rolling, fold in the bottom part of the pot (where there is the largest gap). This will form the base.

  5. When the pots are finished, remove the can & stand them upright in a tray- they will hold each other up.

  6. Now the pots are finished, fill them with compost. The weight will keep them together so you won’t need paperclips.

Additional information

You will need to use clean tin cans with duct tape around sharp edges (or use full cans) & newspapers.  Remember the size of the can will produce a pot of the same size. Use a single page of broadsheet or a double page of tabloid newspaper per pot.

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