Newspaper pot redux

My estranged friend Tim seemed to think that my newspaper pots lacked pizazz and he sent me to this website to learn how to make a proper newspaper pot. The blog —www.noordinaryhomestead.com has both a video and a series of photos detailing the construction of an origami box that can be used as a pot for growing plants.
I watched the video several times until I got it. Once I understood the instructions and once I practiced a little, making an origami box was fun and easy.
Advantages of the origami box over the regular newspaper pot are:

  • You can fold the origami box and store it easily for later use. I can probably store 100’s of these in a small box or bundle them with a rubber band and store them in a drawer somewhere.
  • The origami box is sturdier.
  • You don’t need anything other than your hands to make them.
  • You can make different sizes of origami boxes by simply changing the size of the paper with which you start.

Sure, it takes a little longer to make an origami box but then again, with just a little practice, I was able to make an origami box in about 30 seconds.


A) My regular newspaper pot made by wrapping newspaper around a pill bottle.

B) The origami box made with a piece of paper 8.5 inches by 11 inches (21.6 cm x 27.9 cm)

It is too late for me to use the newspaper pots for my seedlings this year. By the time I remembered that I wanted to use newspaper pots I had already purchased my bamboo pots and my coir pellets for the season. Still, I will make many of these throughout the year in preparation for next year. Heck, maybe I will eventually be able to grow my veggies inexpensively!

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4 Responses to “Newspaper pot redux”

  1. Stephanie Says:

    Glad to see the origami version here David! It is definintely sturdier and has flaps to balance. Thanks to you and your friend for sharing.

  2. Doc Says:

    David,Hey, thanks to you and Mr Grumpy for the great seed cup idea. I have been paying horrible prices for six pack peat pots for the last two years. This idea will be one more savings when I retire and join the fixed income group :o( It took this old man several times but I think I have it mastered.

  3. David Says:

    No problem Doc. I began making these for next season. In fact, I may actually have to use some as I have more seedlings than I have bamboo pots!Stephanie, thank you for all your kind comments 🙂

  4. Bangchik Says:

    They look good and very practical. ~bangchik


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