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.
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!