A fun, fast and easy recycling project to help you get ready for Spring!
Wednesday, 19 Jan 11 Cloudy 1°C / 34°F
Ever since I came back home from the States, back in July, we’ve been saving up our empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls. I’ve asked the neighbors to pitch in as well and nearly every week, we find a stack of five to ten rolls waiting for us on the front porch.
I’ve been meaning to put these to use and today, I decided I’d procrastinated enough and had to get to work on this and a couple other projects.
Smash the toilet paper roll flat and press the edges (I find the handle of my scissors works great). Open it up, line up the creases and smash it the other way so you end up with four bent edges and a squarish roll. (see first photo)
Step 2. Cut about one centimeter (half an inch) or so along each crease from both ends of the roll. (see second photo)
Step 3. Cut the roll in half across the middle. (see third photo)
Step 4. Fold the flaps in like closing a box (see fourth photo) and flip it over.
You now have a bio-degradable seed starting cup that you can plant right out in the garden. If you save up all of your rolls to use like this, you may never have to shell out money on peat pots again!
The last photo is just showing you what sort of multitude of seed starting cups I could make with about six months of community collected paper rolls. I just counted to be sure and I have exactly 80 cups, more than enough to get my seeds started for the first plantings in my garden.
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