Ready, Set, Start Your Seeds!

Ready, Set, Start Your Seeds!

Learn how to plant seeds and grow seedlings using an item you have in your home – toilet paper rolls! In this tutorial, we show you how to turn a toilet paper roll into a seed starter pod. Once your seeds sprout and seedlings grow, the pods can be planted directly in the ground.


  • Toilet Paper Roll
  • Scissors
  • Spoon
  • Duct Tape 
  • Seed Starting Soil (or any all-purpose planting soil)
  • Seeds 
  • Tupperware container to hold pods 

Step 1: Using your scissors, cut four equally spaced 1-inch slits in one end of your toilet paper roll. These slits will create four flaps that will make the bottom of your seed-starter pod.

Step 2: Begin with one flap and fold it inward. Work clockwise around the tube and fold the other flaps inward. Tuck the corner of the last flap under the edge of the first flap to make the flaps hold together. If they don’t stay together, add a piece of duct tape to the bottom to secure the folds. Do the same with others if you plan to plant multiple seeds.

Step 3: Flip the pod right side up with the flaps on the table. Spoon soil into the pod until it is ¾ of the way full.

Step 4: Drop 2-3 seeds into your pod.

Step 5: Add one spoonful of soil on top of your seeds.

Step 6: Place your pod/pods in a waterproof container, such as a plastic Tupperware container.

Step 7: Place your container with the seed pods in a sunny window. Add enough water to your pods to moisten the soil.

Step 8: Moisten the soil each day and wait for seedlings to sprout. Once they outgrow their seed pod, transplant them to a flower pot.

Learning and Discussion Questions:

1. Plants have a lifecycle! Watch these videos to learn how seeds grow into plants. 


2. Different cultures have different styles of gardens. View this blog post to learn about different garden styles:

3. For those interested in reading a scholarly paper regarding gardening and how garden styles influenced and evolved into public parks, visit this website:

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