Tutorial: Newspaper Pots

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Posted by @ShadyGreenThumb on
We simply never have enough pots to share our cuttings or for our seedlings. But yes, we do! All you need is a stack of newspapers and these instructions, then get folding.

Follow these pictures carefully. Make each fold a good, tight crease. Practice makes perfect, but if not, there is always Scotch tape! ;)  Even one single sheet of newspaper is thick. You might do better to try this first with a regular piece of square paper.

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Using one full sheet of newspaper, fold it in half and make it square. Depending on your sheet of newspaper, you may need to cut it.

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Fold it in a triangle. Remember to make a good crease in the paper as you fold.

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Open back up and fold a triangle going the other direction.

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Open back up and fold in half making a rectangle.

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Fold one side inward to form one side of  a triangle.

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Fold the other side inward to form the other side of the triangle.  Are you making your creases good and tight? Good.

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Fold up the bottom about 1-1/2" depending on your paper size. Make a triangle. Fold well! 

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 Open back up, turn it over and fold it in the opposite direction.  Open it back up.

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Lift one half of the right side of the triangle and fold it over to meet the crease of the bottom triangle you just folded.

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Make sure your crease meets the bottom crease.

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Lift one half of the left side of the triangle and fold the same way, meeting the crease of the bottom triangle.  There will be a "tail" that folds past the middle.

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 Fold the left side, the one with a "tail"  again inward, like a paper airplane.

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Open slightly  and separate the papers.

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Slip the "tail" into the paper and fold it over. Again, make a good crease.

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 Repeat on the other side. Fold over the right side meeting the bottom crease.

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Fold the left side over meeting the bottom crease. There will be a "tail" when you fold it over.

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 Do that airplane fold to expose the "tail" on the top again.

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Open slightly and tuck the tail into the paper as you did before. Make a good crease.

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Carefully open the pot.

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Flatten the bottom.

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 Fill with soil and seeds, seedling, or plant start. Tag and make someone happy!

(Look for instructions for my plant tags in another Ideas post.)

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