DIY Plant Pots

DIY Plant Pots

Spring is just around the corner! That can only mean one thing: time to sow some seeds! Well, it does for us gardeners anyway!

Using toilet rolls to make plant pots is an inexpensive and eco-friendly way to get your seedlings off to a good start!

The best thing is you don’t need to take the seedlings out of the pots either, instead you can just transplant them straight into their final place and the plant pot will biodegrade!

Any kind of seed will work in a toilet roll plant pots, but they are especially good for planting seeds that do not like to have their roots disturbed, such as root vegetables like carrots, beetroot, parsnips or even seeds you would normally sow straight into the ground like peas and beans. But you can easily use them for any seeds such as squash, sweetcorn, sweet peas and melons. They are so versatile!


  • toilet rolls (or kitchen rolls cut in half would work too)
  • scissors
  • potting soil or multi purpose compost
  • seeds
  • waterproof tray
1. Collect as many toilet rolls (and kitchen rolls) as you can!
2. Make 4 small slits about 2cm long at right angles to each other.
3. Fold the first three flaps so that they overlap each other.
4. Tuck the last flap like how you would close a cardboard box.
5. Fill with potting soil or a good quality multi purpose compost and sow your seeds!
6. After seedlings have grown and you have hardened them off they can be planted outside! To harden the seedlings off take them outdoors for a few hours each day.


This is a fun activity you can do with the whole family and a great way to reuse your toilet rolls. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!


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Will try this with my daughter- looks like a nice spring afternoon activity!


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