Paper Pots for Plants

Look, I know the weather has been pretty awful lately, but listen. It’s going to be spring soon. Just a few weeks until March and (hopefully) some better weather than we’ve been having. Winter has been rough this year, and man, I’m really looking forward to spring. I can’t grow things this year, but I’ll be damned if I don’t show you a really easy way to manage saplings for your own spring growing this year. The easiest method, of course, is paper pots.

Paper pots are little recycled pots that you set soil inside to help grow saplings. When they’re ready to be planted, the pots can go straight into the ground, and they break down to provide some food for the growing plants. Making them is easy and I highly recommend it if you’re planning on getting some plants grown this year.

Even if you’re not, definitely pass this to any gardening friends. Or, pass it to someone who wants to practice planting for the first time. Keeping saplings together in their own little paper pots makes them much more manageable. So, it’s a perfect option for beginner gardeners. Feel free to share this post around with other friends. Or, share it on social media, whatever floats your boat. If you need more paper crafts, then try here. Have fun, and I’ll see you next time!

Paper Pots for Plants

Paper Pots for Plants

Active Time per pot: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: ♥♡♡♡♡

Simple paper pots for growing saplings in that can be planted straight into the ground.


  • Paper
  • Waterproof tray


  • Scissors


tcc paper plant pot - reference

  1. Cut a strip of paper. Be sure it’s 8cm in width, and at least 25cm long.
  2. Roll it up in a loose tube. Keep it around 4cm wide. This will be where you put the soil and seed in.
  3. Next, on one end, begin to push two of the side in and tuck it under.
  4. Finally, tuck in the other sides to form a solid base for your pot. It doesn’t matter if it gets a little crumpled, as it’ll be planted eventually anyway.
  5. To use: fill the paper pots with a bit of soil, and plant the seeds. Set the pots in a plastic tray that’s waterproof.
  6. When the plants have sprouted and are getting too big for the paper pots, plant each whole pot into soil. The paper will decompose and help the plants grow.


Do not use any paper with metallic film, or paper that can’t be composted/recycled. It’s supposed to break down while the plant is growing!

While I’m usually all for making things pretty, I don’t advise decorating any of these pots. Decorative pieces (such as stick on gems and washi tape) don’t decompose, and neither does most types of glue. Instead, decorate the tray it sits in. This is definitely a utility-focused tutorial, but the plants you’ll grow will be beautiful enough.

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