Do It Yourself: Zero Waste Upcycled Seed Starter Pods

Spring is (finally) here which means it is time to start seeds! I am very eager for cucumbers this year so I started them indoors using upcycled seed pods. 

There is one thing you definitely have in your home right now that you can upcycle into a seed pod: toilet paper roll! My favorite thing about these seed pods is that they are biodegradable and cost me nothing. 

I used seed pods wrapped in mesh (which doesn’t compost) that came with a kit I bought but after running out of seed pods I started to make my own. I used to toss my toilet paper rolls straight in the compost but I knew there was a better way to upcycle them. 

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Materials
toilet paper rolls
scissors

 Step 1: Fold toilet paper roll in half

Step 1: Fold toilet paper roll in half

 Step 2: Cut toilet paper roll in half

Step 2: Cut toilet paper roll in half

 Step 3: Fold toilet paper roll in half and then fold it again in half the other way so it makes a little box

Step 3: Fold toilet paper roll in half and then fold it again in half the other way so it makes a little box

 Step 4: Cut half inch slits on 4 corners of the roll

Step 4: Cut half inch slits on 4 corners of the roll

 Step 5: Begin folding first flap, fold second flap over, fold third flap and then tuck the last flap until the first flap as you would a cardboard box.

Step 5: Begin folding first flap, fold second flap over, fold third flap and then tuck the last flap until the first flap as you would a cardboard box.

 Finally, fill your seed pods up with organic potting soil and plant your seeds. 

Finally, fill your seed pods up with organic potting soil and plant your seeds. 

 I started cucumbers earlier last month and it’s grown large enough to plant into a container. It’s sitting pretty in here until it gets up to 60 degrees. 

I started cucumbers earlier last month and it’s grown large enough to plant into a container. It’s sitting pretty in here until it gets up to 60 degrees. 

This is so easy you can involve your kids too. 

Note: Be careful handling seed pods when they are wet because they may fall apart. Hold them from the bottom if you have to move them. 

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