How to Make Flower Pots From Recycled Materials

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Create your own decorative flower pots or transferable seedling pots from recycled materials such as metal cans and newspapers. Why spend money on flower containers when you can use what you already have on hand? In addition to saving a few dollars, you'll reap the added benefit of keeping these materials out of the landfill. Get creative with your recycled flower pots, and no one will know what lies beneath the decorations. When making paper pots, always use pages with black and white ink; coloured ink could harm the plants.

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Things you need

  • Black and white newspaper
  • Round drinking glass
  • Duct tape
  • Coffee can
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Drill
  • 1/8-inch diameter drill bit
  • Metal spray paint
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Viscous waterproof glue

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    Newspaper Pots

  1. 1

    Open two stacked sheets of black and white newspaper at the centre fold.

  2. 2

    Fold the sheets in half lengthwise. Fold the papers in half lengthwise again.

  3. 3

    Position a round drinking glass at one end of the strip. Let the paper hang over the bottom of the glass 1 inch.

  4. 4

    Roll the paper strip around the glass to the end of the strip. Tape the end of the paper to itself.

  5. 5

    Turn the glass upside down so that the newspaper overhang is facing up. Fold the overhang down to the bottom of the glass to form a cup. Tape the paper in place. Remove the glass.

    Coffee Can Pots

  1. 1

    Remove the paper/plastic advertising sleeve from a coffee can, if applicable. Clean and dry the inside and outside of the can.

  2. 2

    Drill five to seven 1/8-inch diameter holes through the bottom of the can. These are the flower pot's drainage holes.

  3. 3

    Spray paint the outside of the can with metal paint. Let the paint dry. Apply a second coat. Let it dry.

  4. 4

    Cover the sharp edges at the top inside rim of the can, if they exist, with duct tape. Select a colour of duct tape that coordinates with the painted can.

  5. 5

    Cut three strips of coordinating ribbon, at least 3/8-inches wide, to fit around the circumference of the can. Glue the ribbon strips around the top, middle and bottom of the can with viscous craft glue. Let the glue dry.

Tips and warnings

  • When it's time to transplant the seedlings, remove the tape and plant the newspaper pots directly into the ground.
  • Cover coffee cans with flat-backed stones and mosaic tiles to camouflage the can altogether.

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