It’s that time of year again – the weather is warming up and the days are getting longer, which can only mean one thing: gardening season is upon us! If you’re like most people, you may be starting to think about what kinds of plants you want to grow in your garden this year. But before you can do that, you need to get your garden ready – and one important step is planting your seeds.
If you’ve never planted seeds before, don’t worry – it’s a lot easier than you might think. All you need is a pot or container to plant them in, some soil, and of course, the seeds themselves. And if you’re looking for an easy way to make your DIY seed pots, we’ve got an easy tutorial for you right here.
What You’ll Need
- Popsicle sticks or tongue depressors
- Sharp knife or scissors
- Pots, containers, or trays to hold the seed pots
- Soil Seeds (If you’re unsure what kind of seeds to use, take a peek at your local gardening center – they may have some good recommendations.)
Collect Your Materials First things first, gather together all of your materials. This will make it easier for you to create your DIY seed pots without having to stop part way through to find something else. As well as the materials listed above, you will also need some newspaper and tape.
Cutting Out Sticks Cut out 8-10 sticks – you can use more if necessary. Be sure to cut them so that they are all the same length, and at least 1 inch shorter than your pots or containers.
Make “Strips” Roll one of the newspaper sheets into a long thin strip, with consecutive sheets overlapping slightly to create a longer strip. Cut these strips into equally-sized pieces (about 2 inches is good). Repeat until you have enough newspaper “strips” for each seed pot you plan on making.
Wrapping Your Sticks Now take one of your sticks and roll it in the newspaper until it has completely covered itself in the paper. This will make your seed pots stronger and therefore less likely to break apart when they’re being moved around. As you wrap, overlap the newspaper so that no stick is showing.
Taping The Newspaper Once the stick is completely covered in pieces of newspaper, it’s time to secure them together with tape. You can use either clear or masking tape – both will work well. Be sure to cover each end of the stick before moving on to your next one.
Rolling Your Seed Pot Now take your seed pot and start rolling it in newspaper strips, making sure to overlap them slightly for extra strength. When you reach the end of a strip, cut off any excess paper with scissors or a craft knife, leaving 1/2 inch sticking out past your seed pot.
Poking Holes For Drainage Once all of your seed pots have been shaped and wrapped in newspaper, it’s time to make drainage holes. Using a pencil or a skewer, poke 5-6 drainage holes about half an inch from the bottom edge of your pot – this will prevent water from pooling in one place and potentially rotting your seeds.
Adding Soil Now add a tablespoon of soil to each pot. Then take some scissors or a craft knife and poke them down into the center of the soil – don’t be afraid to get messy! These little cuts won’t affect how well your plants grow, but they will ensure that you plant more than one seed per pot by mistake (we’ve all done it before).
Planting Seeds Now simply drop two seeds into each pot and cover them up with more soil. If you’re unsure what kind of plant will grow well together, you can always experiment by planting different kinds of seeds in the same container (this is a great way to save money on your garden!).
Moving Your Seed Pots Before moving your seed pots to their permanent location, put down some newspaper or an old sheet first – this will prevent any dirt from getting on your floor or carpet. Also, be sure to place the pots somewhere warm before you leave them for too long – if they get too cold they might not sprout at all!
If you’re looking for an easy and affordable way to start gardening, look no further than these DIY seed pots. Made from recycled materials, these pots are a great way to get your green thumb on without breaking the bank. So go ahead and get started – your garden will be blooming in no time!