Friday, October 31, 2008

Emptied Toilet Paper Roll Seed Starter Pots

What should you do with all your emptied toilet paper rolls (ETPR)? Well - we all know its not good to throw everything away, after all our landfills are filling up, so many of us are composting and that is a good option for your ETPR. But, if you want to upcycle your ETPR, a seed starting pot is just the solution! Free, easy to make and biodegradable - what more could we want?

Step 1 - Gather your toilet paper rolls to be upcycled and a pair of scissors.

Step 2 - Flatten your toilet paper roll with your hand to make it easier to cut; then cut in half width wise.

Step 3 - Cut 4 equidistant lines into your pot...about 1/4-1/2" long.

Step 4 - Fold the end you cut like you would a box so it stays shut.

Step 5 - Marvel at your selection of seed starting pots for spring! Get going now and you should have quite a selection! Remember - these ETPR are biodegradable so you can start your seeds in these pots and plant them directly in the ground when it is time. If your seeds need transplanted to a larger pot before going into the ground, plant the ETPR pot in the larger pot.

Do you have other upcycling ideas for ETPR? Let us know!


  1. Are you going to be selling any seeds?

  2. Hey Steve and Jennifer!

    I hope that you are keeping all of these upcycle ideas handy for your upcoming best selling book. I was thinking a companion book for the 'Wayward Larry' series, but really don't see the connection. Please keep sharing your ideas and thoughts on simple living. I enjoy your blog very much.



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