How to Make Paper Seed Pots
One of the best ways to share your garden’s bounty is to share seeds. Gardener’s love to get gifts that help them enjoy their gardens. The seeds you saved from this year’s harvest are a great gift to give for the holidays.
Use pretty paper pots to do double duty for your gift giving. Many gardeners make their own seeding pots out of newspaper. These paper pots can be simply made with any type of non-glossy paper and a tin can. I prefer to use a small can, the kind that tomato paste comes in. There is a commercially available paper pot press, but you can achieve the same results with a tin can.
You will need:
- Paper (non glossy)~You can use newspaper or craft paper for a rustic look. To dress it up, try using handmade paper or non-glossy scrapbook paper.
- Saved seeds (or pre-packaged seeds)
- A tomato paste can (or a paper pot press, if you have one)
- Hole puncher
Make the Pots
To begin, cut your paper into a strip that’s 4 x 8 inches (or longer). Line the tin can up with one of the edges and corner of the paper strip. The paper should over hang the can on one end. Begin rolling the paper around the can. When you get to the end, secure it with a piece of tape. Once the edge is secured, fold over the ends of the paper onto the bottom of the can. Secure the flaps with more tape.
Add the Seeds
Then, gently slide the paper off of the can. If you are using your own saved seeds, wrap some in a piece of tissue paper. On a small piece of paper, label the seed variety and year. Additionally, you can include growing directions and plant characteristics. Fold the note and tape it to the wrapped seeds. With the hole puncher, make a hole near the top of the pot. Add the note and the wrapped seeds to the paper pot.
Add Finishing Touches
Cut a length of string and insert in into the punched hole at the top of the pot. Tie a bow with the string. You can add a simple gift tag to dress up the paper pot.
These paper seed pots make great stocking stuffers or party favors for your holiday get together. To showcase your love of gardening, hang the paper pots on your tree or on a garland. These paper seed pots are sure to bring a smile to the garden lover on your gift list.