Kids Gardening: Make Your Own Seed Starter Pots

Posted by the Mom (aka Kelly Biedny)

It’s still cold outside here in Minnesota, it could possibly even snow yet this year. Well, we’re sick of the snow and want to start thinking about the fun of planting a garden. This year, at our new HOUSE, we get to have a garden garden…not just a patio herb garden, so we’re pretty excited.  Even though it’s too early to start planting seeds outdoors, it’s actually a good time to start planting seeds to transplant outside later, right now. (see ‘Starting Seeds Indoors‘). We want to try starting broccoli seeds indoors this year, once we’re all settled into the house, which should be perfect timing. But, while we are waiting for that perfect starting time of the beginning of March, we decided to prepare by making some seed starter pots.

You can buy lots of different kinds of containers to start your seeds in, but we wanted a full blown DIY experience. I did some research online and we decided on these cute little newspaper pots.  I found the design at  Since our mixer is already packed for the move, ours turned out a little ‘chunkier’ than their design, but I think they’ll work.  I do have some concerns about the paper disintegrating but we’ll see how it goes.

If you want to make your own, all you need is some newspaper, a large bowl of water and a muffin tin.  Here’s the Steps:

1. Tear Your Paper Into Strips

2. Put Your Paper Strips into the water to soak over night

3. Drain your paper strips and then tear them into small pieces

4. Press the paper pieces into the muffin tin to make little cups

5. Let the paper remain in the tins until completely dry – they will easily come out once complete dryness is achieved

6. Remove them from the tins and get planting!

We’ll be sure to share our broccoli seed planting into these cuties when we do it.  We plan on planting the seeds around March 9th, so we’ll let you know how it goes.

Do you start any seeds indoors?  Have you ever made your own seed starter pots?

Happy Family Gardening Everyone!

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