DIY Toilet Paper Roll Seed Starter Cup

My poor “Make” section of my blog has been neglected. Luckily for me it is for a good reason. Traveling more has taken up time that I usually had set aside for things around the house, arts/crafts, etc. Seeing that Spring has sprung, I have no choice but to get my butt in gear for my summer garden. So, for Earth Day, I decided it was time to finally sow my seeds (of which I will do in early March next year). With nothing around the house to start my seeds in, I decided to use some of the toilet paper/paper towel rolls that I had stashed in a bag (I knew they would come in good use).

With trial and error, I finally figured out the right technique that keeps the soil in and the roll in an upright (or close to) position. What’s great about this is you get to reuse something you were going to just toss anyway! Which I love as I hate the amount of trash the ends up at the garbage dump. Technically you can just plant the whole thing in your garden when it comes time to plant them outdoors.

To make these you will need:

Toilet Paper (or paper towel) rolls


Marker or pen

Now for fun part and it won’t take all day either.

What you’re doing is cutting 4 vertical slits on the rolls. Make them slightly less than 1/2 way from the bottom of the roll.


Make them on opposite sides, two slits being on one side with about an inch between the two.


Now fold all cuts inward.

Pull them back out and lay them, as you would a cardboard box, one after the other.

I filled mine with soil at this point, then putting a few seeds in each cup.

Make sure you write what it is!

These should be ready in several weeks. Right now they’re sitting by my kitchen window catching some rays. I’ll keep you all updated in the progress with them. What we planted was; tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, watermelon, a lot of lettuce and several herbs. I’m crossing my fingers for an awesome year!

What are you planting in your garden this year? And what have you recycled into seed cups/pods? I’d love the hear! Tell me below!

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