DIY: Make Your Own Eco Friendly Seed Pots

Hello all you AWESOMENESSES! (It is a word in the Koko dictionary!)

I want to share with you how I plant many of my seeds. The video below says it all, or you can scroll down through the pictures…

I’m pretty sure you can guess what this “special” container is…

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This lovely container is…yes, you guessed it, the end of a toilet paper roll. It makes for an amazing plant container. Let me show you what I do!

What I like about using this as a container for seeds is, it’s re-usable, compostable, and practically free!

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Start by crimping one end of the tube. You want to create a “bottom”. Keep on crimping until the tube is closed…

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Like this! Once you get your container bottoms all made, you will need to put them in something to hold them all upright. I’ve used a plastic salad container, egg cartons, shoe boxes…Use your imagination! Most anything that will keep them upright will do.

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To fill the container, I use a make-shift funnel made out of thick paper. The T.P. rolls are in a paper (cardboard) “gomacrobar” box. If you haven’t tried a gomacrobar…do it! So delicious! Oh and see that adorable cup? It’s designed by Molly Hatch. Aren’t the polka dots just the cutest?

 

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Fill em up!

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Don’t forget to label. Again why I like using the cardboard containers, you can simply scribble right on the tubes!

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If you are planting in ceramic or other types of containers, you can make labels like the ones you see here. I just wrote on paper and taped them to a toothpick.

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These labels are made from plastic knives and I used a sharpie.

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   I couldn’t resist showing off one of my favorite bowls. My sister in-law made it! Isn’t it a beauty?

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Like the cups says, “something good”…whether it’d be for yourself, (a nap, hot bath, a yummy drink) or for someone else, (catching up with an old friend, taking your mom out to lunch, donating towels and blankets to your local animal shelter)…whatever it is, make it something good!

Love and Peace, Koko

Tip: The theweeklyday asked a question and I wanted to share with you my answer. He was wondering how long they last indoors before the t.p. rolls fall apart. It really depends on the rolls and how you water them. They all are not created equal. However, if I have a “sad” roll (falling apart), I will take another roll and slice along the side and just “wrap” the “sad” roll. This method works really well to hold them together! Save the ends of paper towel rolls. Those are great for doing this with as you can cut them to size. But, you can do that with t.p. rolls too! Great question “theweeklyday”.

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125 thoughts on “DIY: Make Your Own Eco Friendly Seed Pots

  1. I like the idea of using plastic knives for labels and I appreciate your hard work with the toilet paper rolls. Do you have any idea how long it takes for the roll to disintegrate? Do you have any advice about maximum time you can grow plants in these indoors, watering every day? Like do they fall apart if you have plants in them indoors for too long? Anyway, great idea!

    • So nice to hear from you! In the ground they are gone by next year for sure. In the house, it does depend on the tp roll. Some do fall apart sooner. But I watch the watering. I think that is key. Also the container you have them in helps in that department. I’ve never measured in number of days indoors, I think I just know when to plant them outside. If I have rolls that look a little sad, I have more rolls I just slice down the side and wrap it around. Paper towel ends are great too. You can cut them to size! Hope this helps. Nice to hear from you! How was Easter? 🙂

  2. What a great idea those containers! I will use this idea for sure this year and certainly going to share it with others 😉
    (And will make sure to mention this post!)

    • I’m glad this was useful for you! I didn’t plan on doing a post on this, but my daughter had come home and saw I had planted a bunch and was like, “Mom, blog about this!” Teehee. Have a wonderful day!

      • I told my husband about this idea, ’cause I believe it’s better to use then plastic cups (which I re-use several times). He said ‘I get why you girls (girls, really 🙂 ) want to use these containers, but aren’t they glued together? So doesn’t the glue harm your plants?’
        Grrrrrr….I think he’s right, but at the same time I believe it’s better then using plastic cups and just throw away those containers…So this week I will try this 🙂
        I will let you know, if I wrote my blog about it 😉

      • Hi Patty. I think there are pros and cons to most everything. Plastic cups are good too. I plant in them sometimes. I have quite a few “talenti” containers (gelato…yum). I reuse them for a few things such as to hold buttons, organize my tool chest: screws, nails, etc. That being said, I’ve recently planted geranium seeds in a few. They look really cute on a shelf I built. So, I do plant in plastic. Haha. I haven’t researched the t.p. glue. I will look into that to see if there are any harmful effects. I hope not. The main reason I use the t.p. rolls is to minimize shock to the plants during transplanting. I’m always open to old or new ideas to try. Thank you so much for reading and commenting. I really appreciate it. Have an wonderful day. 🙂

      • It was a bit of a fog lol We started moving our furnitures over to the new flat last weekend, so we were pretty much stuck between chocolate munching and boxes 🙂
        Did you enjoy yours? Xx

      • It was a chill day! Gloomy outside, but that was fine. We lit candles around the house and looked for eggs the Easter Bunny hid! Hahaha. How exciting! You are in your new place! I can’t wait to see it put together. You and your guy have such great taste. It’s gonna be lovely! 🙂

      • It actually was a great weekend. The kiddos all had fun and I ate far too much food, but I don’t regret any of it. Even if I have to re-lose some weight. ha ha. 🙂 And yes, you now can stand proud knowing, you’ve won and the Internet is no match for you. 😉

      • That sounds like an awesome weekend to me! I didn’t over do it, but I did have ice cream! Hahaha. The internet I will gladly accept! Teehee. Be well! 🙂

    • Thank you so much! I have to work at being organized. Daily I have to fight just tossing stuff here and there. And when you are busy going here and there…it can get messy. But I try! Lovely to have you here. Always nice to read your comments. Have a happy day! Be well. Koko:)

    • Helen, your comments always puts a smile on my face. I hope you are well and had a nice Easter. I still have to read your last few posts. It’s been super busy on the Koko-Front! Have a lovely evening. Hugs.

      • Thank you Koko. I mean it – in addition to always having great ideas to share you do really well on camera 🙂 Have a wonderful evening. Hugs

      • That video was unedited. I had to do it straight through because my skills suck in that department. Hahaha. It took half the day to shoot 3 minutes. Granted I had to stop many times to help my neighbor and then there are the pets that constantly need my attention. I have a bunch of 2 year olds! You are so kind Helen. 🙂

  3. I so look forward to your posts. They are ALWAYS so creative and FUN. I also like the touch of the video. It’s nice to see a person you correspond with “come to life.” Keep up the great work and keep that smile going. It is contagious (yet doesn’t require a vaccination! 😀 )

    • Hahaha! You say the nicest things! I had no intention of doing this post, but my daughter had come home seeing all the plants I had planted and said, “you need to blog this!” So I guess this is her doing! I was thinking the video would help how to fold the rolls. I’m not an editor so doing it in one take was challenging. And the pets wow…they wanted in on the video to so with “take number 27” I finally did it! Though not without mistakes. Haha. I appreciate your kind words. They give me belief that I can do this! I thank you for that. Be well Jonathan! 🙂

    • Your kind words touch me. Thank you for commenting. It’s so exciting to grow things. I still get giddy when I see something sprout! I hope you do plant something. Even if it’s pots in your windowsill. It’s nice to see something green. Be well and thank you again for reading. Hugs, Koko:)

  4. Thanks for the tutorial, Koko. I have used toilet roll ends before, which didn’t end too happily, as the roots couldn’t grow properly once the peas went into the ground. I like the idea of folding the ends over, though, and using a funnel to fill the rolls 🙂

    • Awe, sorry to hear your peas didn’t like to grow that way. Today I planted about 20 geraniums in plastic “talenti” (gelato…yum) containers. I hope they sprout. I am hoping to have more flowers in the garden this year. 🙂 Best to you and all your plantings! So happy you stopped by here. Have a great day! Koko:)

    • I hope I convey my DIY projects in a way anyone can do. I am not a pro and have done things myself to save money and make use of what I already have. I really believe anyone can do what I can…including peeps without the DIY gene! Teehee. You’ve got this! I believe in you! Thank you for browsing my blog. Have a wonderful rest of your week. Take care! Koko:)

    • You are so sweet and totally made my day! I really want to make a big effort to grow flowers this year. I only grow veggies. I don’t know why I don’t grow flowers as I LOVE flowers. This year, I’m changing that! Thank you so much for stopping by and kindly commenting. Take care and have a fab rest of your week! 🙂

      • I’m glad I made your day! Do you have tutorials or videos on how to grow herbs? I want to start growing cilantro and lemon basil (my absolute 2 favorites I cook with on a regular basis). I rather grow them, than keep buying them.

      • It can get pricey too! Cilantro is about the easiest thing you can grow and keep growing. I don’t have a video on them, however I do have a post on how to collect the seed from cilantro. https://atkokosplace.wordpress.com/2015/08/05/how-to-store-seeds/ And if I can manage, I will make a video/tutorial for ya! I always have cilantro and some type of basil growing. I put it in everything, especially my green drinks! Cilantro and basil grow from seed really easily. Plant it and it will grow! You can go to any nursery/HomeDepot and get some already started herbs to get you going so you have something pretty and NOW to enjoy. You can collect basil seeds too just like the post shows. I will do better this year and make a video! Hahahah. Thank you again. Your comment has inspired it! I hope you get sunshine wherever you are! It finally came out here after a hard rain. The deer up on my hill are out enjoying it! 🙂

      • Thank you so much Koko! The sun came out early this year for me! It’s been hot. I hope that doesn’t mean a high 3-digit summer. Eek! How awesome that you get to see deer! I love wildlife and hope to live in the mountains one day.

      • I love the deer. Wild turkey run through too. There is a coyote that hangs out and lots of rabbits and squirrels. It’s really neat. I’m supposed to move back to the city and I really am reluctant. I love having property and seeing the wildlife. I’m glad you got sun. I hop not too hot this summer for you!

      • Seeing nature everyday is beautiful I bet! Sure beats the hustle and bustle of city life. I always enjoy having conversations with you Koko! I hope it all works out for you.

  5. Perfect timing…my six-year old has accumulated an entire stash of these paper rolls, and they are literally ALL OVER THE HOUSE. She will like the idea of planting things in them, can’t wait to try it out this weekend when I start tomato, dill, basil, and peppers. Thank you!

    • There are many fun art things she could make too. One of them is to have one for each eye and look through them…move them about as you look. It simulates how chameleons see! It’s pretty cool. I’m thrilled you made time to check out my post. It’s always nice to read the great comments. Take care and happy gardening! Cheers, Koko:)

      • I like the chameleon idea, she will get a kick out of that! Happy day!

  6. I love this! Really want to get gardening this year. Not sure if I will start seeds inside. We are vacationing for two weeks and by then it may be too late…sigh. 😁 with such a nice post, it’s tough not to be motivated.

    • Gardening is so fun. Yes, it can be work, but seeing your plants thrive is so…satisfying! Go grab some starters and put them in the ground. Have fun with it! Vacation?! Where? That is awesome. Rest and relaxation sounds amazing! Safe travels! Thank you so much for stopping by! Cheers, Koko:)

      • We are off to Florida- can’t wait to have some sunshine. Hopefully by the time we are back it’ll be warm enough to start planting here. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next. Xo

      • Awe you are so sweet! Florida! That’s awesome. I’d love some constant sunshine. I miss California! (My home). You are gonna have a fab time. Enjoy. The garden will be here when you come back! 😉

    • Hi Charlotte! Nice to see you here! I hope you are well and had a great Easter! Starter squares are great to use to start seeds. Thank you for your sweet compliment. I am still new at making videos. Have a wonderful day sweetie! 🙂

    • Hahaha. You made me smile! I’d forget to water them too if I didn’t put them in a place where I can’t help but see them!!!! We women have a lot in our minds! I try to do things to help me make things go more smooth. I have two metal shelves in the kitchen and that’s where I house the plants. I can’t walk by and not see them! It’s great having you stop by. Thank you! Hope your day is fab! 🙂

    • I’m always trying to find a better way. There are many ways to plant seeds. This way has worked for me. But I’m always in the lookout for more ways! Lovely of you to stop by. Have a wonderful evening. 🙂

    • You still have snow?! This part of the south is nice because we have snow, but it doesn’t last for too long. It’s wonderful to see you here Roci! Hey, loving all your Instagram pics. 🙂

      • Yes it snowed again a few days ago! It’s the worst, it’s been snowing since November and I am so so so ready for spring. I’m also loving yours!

  7. I haven’t been on the blog for awhile. This is a great tip! I plan to start doing this. I usually use newspaper and make little pots or use egg cartons as the pots. Have to ever made pots out of newspaper? Great blog hun! I love anything that has a low impact on the environment.

    Hugs Jason!

    • You are just the nicest and so encouraging. Yes I’ve done the newspaper. These days I’ve been using newspaper to line the bottom of my kitty’s poo condo. And to layer heavy to keep the weeds from growing where I don’t want weeds or grass. It’s always wonderful when you are here. Thank you so much for popping in. Be well Jason. I need to check your blog to see what treasures you’ve acquired! Hugs back! Koko:)

      • My phone didn’t notify me you replied! I always like seeing your posts. Newspaper has so many uses. I love using it to keep weeds out. I haven’t been junking in awhile. Been busy messing with my plants. Take care hun. Hugs! 🙂

      • The weather has been perfect to garden! I’ve been out there in it too. Daily you can find me digging in dirt! I love it! I just laid a mass amount of cardboard on the ground and then topped it off with old hay that has broken down nicely and full of worms! Hugs back! 🙂

    • I hope this works for you. It really has done well for me. I wish I had more time for gardening because it really is so fun to see seeds pop through the soil. I get excited every time! I wish you well with your veggie seeds! Awesome to have you stop by. Have a happy week ahead. 🙂

    • That’s awesome! My family knows to toss the empty rolls in a bag stored in the closet. I use them throughout the year! Hope to see you again. Take care and have a happy day! 🙂

    • If I get too many, I just toss them on my compost pile! The worms love them. It is a fun way to garden. And easy and free! Nice to have you here. Thank you! I hope you have a fantastic day! 🙂

    • You are very welcome. And if you have more than you can use…toss them in the compost pile hahaha…the worms love them! Take care and thank you so much for reading. Best to you! Koko:)

  8. Cool tips and your video was really well paced, informative and to the point. Nothing worse than sitting thru several minutes of small talk to get to the point. So I really appreciated that about yours. I actually worked all day in my flower beds, so the timing was very appropriate for me to visit. I’ve never started my own plants, we live in central Alberta where summer is generally short. I tend to enjoy planting 2 litre plants that are mature and ready to perform. But honestly, this was inspiring and I’ll be mindful of your techniques next January when we get thinking about starting plants in this area of the world. Cheers, Boomdee

    • Thank you for the wonderful words. I do try and keep the videos to the point. No one has time to wait around! Every year I am adding more flowers to the yard. I so enjoy the blooms. Instant happiness when I see a pretty flower! I’ve never been to any parts of Canada. I’d like to one day. Happy Monday, Koko

      • I hope you do get to visit one day. You’re so close really. The Rockies will take your breath away.
        I feel the same about flowers. I visited a garden centre today and loaded up. In Canada, the May long weekend is typically when we all get our annuals into pots….Tally-ho, it’s garden season in Canada….weeeeeeee! ha!

      • How delightful! I have a very good friend from Montreal. I know it’s not the same thing. Teehee. I do want to go! I want to research so I can make the most of my time. For now, I have a big list to get through in order to sell my house…I am sure the Rockies are spectacular! I know the pictures I’ve seen don’t do it justice. Flowers are just the best. Happy gardening to you and may your garden bloom beautifully! 🙂

  9. I love the repurpose of the rolls and how easy to make the liddle cups! im forever looking at the empty toilet paper roll and thinking hmmm? what could i even do with these? i have a bag of them saved up hahaa! and now ive a good purpose for them! That bowl that your sister-n-law made oh my goodness that thing is just beautiful! 🙂

    • I love the bowl too! I wish she would make more and sell them. She is very talented! The bowl is a favorite of mine and every time i look at it, it makes me happy! 🙂

      • you both are so talented i bet youve some wicked creative energy when the two of you get together! 🙂

      • You are so sweet. She lives too far away, but if she were near by, we sure would get into trouble with all the projects and things we would do! 😉

      • from the looks of your blog i bet you are right! you will tackle anything i love that!

      • Thank you! Happy New Year! I was happy the basil took. The initial stem had creased and folded, so I wasn’t sure if it was going to make it. But, it not only survived, but is thriving, now.

      • Basil is a very forgiving plant. The roots come out everywhere! If you put it in a glass of water, you can really see them. Very cool! Basil is so good for our health. I use a lot of it! 🙂

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