Origami Newspaper Planter: Recycle your newspaper with an easily folded biodegradable pot, perfect for starting seeds. This newspaper planter can be set right into the ground, where it will not only protect the fragile root system of your seedling, but also decompose on its own over time.
Use these simple instructions to create Origami Newspaper Pots. Look for newspaper pages without color or a glossy coating, as the ink could be harmful to the plant and the soil. You can water your seedlings in their pots (on a tray) and then plant them in soil pot-and-all when they’re ready!
1 full sheet of newspaper
1. Open up your full sheet on a clean, flat surface.
2. Rip the sheet in half and set one sheet aside. Turn one piece so the long side (length of the paper) is facing you.
3. Fold in half, left to right, and then fold again, bottom to top.
4. Next, fold in half again, left to right to create a crease, and then unfold.
5. Fold the bottom right corner up to the middle along the folded spine. It will resemble the look of a paper airplane. Then, fold the top flap so that the like-sides are together.
6. Flip it over and do the same on the other side as you did in step 5.
7. Fold the top outer edge to the middle crease on both sides.
8. Next, fold flaps into the crease in the center again, and then fold them in one more time.
9. Flip it over and repeat steps 7 and 8.
10. Fold the top flaps down and crease well. You can leave them outside the pot or fold down inside.
11. Square the bottom of the pot to make sure it stands well and you’re done! Use the sheet you set aside to make another pot.
Tip: If you’re having any difficulty mastering the folding technique, try practicing on a standard sheet of copy paper first.