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Monday, April 11, 2011

Paper Towel Roll Seed Planters from TP Craft

Now that spring is here it's the perfect time to start your garden. Today Shannon from TP Craft is sharing a fun way to recycle paper towel rolls and avoid buying small pots for your seedlings.

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Planters Supply List: 2 paper towel tubes, seeds, dirt, tupperware or box for your seedlings

Start by cutting your cardboard tubes into 3 pieces. They make small slits all the way around one side of the tube. The slits should go about 1/3 of the way down the tube.

Start at the top and progress around the tube folding down each slit until the bottom is completely covered.

Once I showed him how to fold the pieces over Cole was able to do it himself.

Place the tubes in your tupperware or box and fill them with dirt and seeds.

Water your seeds regularly and when the seedlings are ready to be transplanted spread the bottom of the tubes open a little and just put them right in the ground.

Book Suggestion: The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle follows the miracle of a seed as it becomes a giant flower. This is a great book if the seeds you are planting are flower seeds. Cole choose onion seeds to plant this year, but we still enjoyed this book and the journey of a tiny seed.

I'm Shannon from TP Craft. I'm a former special education teacher turned stay at home mom to 2 awesome kids. My 4 year old son Cole is my primary craft participant and he loves creating new things with me. TP Craft is a site I launched to share all of the wonderful and unique projects that we create in our home using toilet paper and paper towel rolls.

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Special thank you to Shannon for sharing this fun and inexpensive idea with us today. Stop by and check out some of her other cardboard tube shenanigans!


  1. That is a great idea. I love seeing your little guy watering his plants with his Spiderman water bottle!

  2. Thanks so much for the feature! I love your site.

  3. Very smart! Especially helpful since the cardboard itself is biodegradable.

  4. What a great idea! I will definitely try this out with my son. I am a fan of recycling, and love using household items for crafts with my son. He loves gardening too, loves watching things grow, and watering them too. Thank you for sharing this, and I'm glad I stumbled on your blog.


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