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DIY Upcycled Toilet Paper Seedling Pots and Painted Stone Garden Markers
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Upcycled Toilet Paper Seedling Pots

Fun, easy, and enjoyed by both kiddos and adults, these Upcycled Toilet Paper Seedling Pots reuse old paper towel rolls and teach kids about plant growth and gardening. An easy indoor activity for cold, wet weather.
Prep Time10 mins
Active Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins

Materials

Instructions

  • Cover the bottom of a small waterproof container with small pebbles or rocks.
    DIY Upcycled Toilet Paper Seedling Pots and Painted Stone Garden Markers
  • Cut the twine into approximately 6-inch pieces and use scissors or a sharp knife (careful with the kids!) to cut the toilet paper rolls in half. Tie the piece of twine around the toilet paper roll (the twine is to prevent the toilet paper roll from unraveling with watering of the seedlings).
    DIY Upcycled Toilet Paper Seedling Pots and Painted Stone Garden Markers
  • Gently nudge the toilet paper roll in the pebbles so that it stands straight up and doesn't fall over. Fill the paper towel roll with soil, gently pressing down on the soil with your fingers. Add the seeds to the soil according to recommended depth and cover soil. 
    DIY Upcycled Toilet Paper Seedling Pots and Painted Stone Garden Markers
  • Surround the toilet paper rolls with moss. Water each seedling until fully saturated, but not drowning.
    DIY Upcycled Toilet Paper Seedling Pots and Painted Stone Garden Markers
  • Cover the container with plastic wrap (or place in a plastic bag if it will fit). Keep the soil moist, but not too wet to prevent the toilet paper from molding. Once seeds start to sprout, remove plastic wrap to allow air circulation. Place them in an area that gets plenty of sunlight.
    DIY Upcycled Toilet Paper Seedling Pots and Painted Stone Garden Markers
  • Transfer entire toilet paper roll to the desired planting location and remove twine. Make sure entire toilet paper roll is covered in fresh soil.
    DIY Upcycled Toilet Paper Seedling Pots and Painted Stone Garden Markers

Notes

Colored craft paper rolls are not recommended as I am unsure if they are fully compostable. Unfortunately, I could only scrape together 3 toilet paper rolls in time for this post.