Please see our affiliate notice, located on the sidebar. Thank you for supporting Scratch Made Food! & DIY Homemade Household!

Monday, January 22, 2024

Easy to Make, Seed Starter Pots from Cardboard Cores.

We* are getting a head start on a few gardening chores while we wait out this cold front! One task we accomplished was making Seed Starter Pots from Cardboard Cores. The first thing I need to say about this process is, I will never throw a cardboard core away, ever again! Come and take a look...

East Texas has been cold! So cold no outside work has gotten done, save a coat of paint on the shop doors. I am not certain they could have taken another rain storm and survived! While we won't be putting in any formal garden this year we still have plans for a few garden projects. Such as:

Lots of wildflowers in the yard for the birds. 

Strawberry towers. Because nothing is better than strawberries from your own yard!

And potatoes, I will be putting some to "chit" in the next day or so. 

But first things first, about those wildflowers, we decided to make seed pots and use them scattered throughout the yard over broadcasting wildflower seed that most likely would have been eaten before it could germinate. So let's get started...

You will want to gather up the following materials:

Cardboard cores, both toilet paper cores and paper towel cores work. 

Plastic mushroom boxes, the large ones from Costco are my favorite, but smaller ones work just as well.

Salad Mix Containers, the clear ones with a hinged or closable lid are nice!


Plastic wrap, if using mushroom boxes.

Seeds of choice.

Water. You can drop from your fingertips or use a spray bottle.

Flatten the core, and cut into half. Cut four slits evenly around the cut edge. Fold the four flap inward. 

Fill the container with the seed starter pots. 

Add soil, top with a seed or two, mist generously with water and cover. 

Place in a sunny warm area and let the magic happen! Remember to mist with water daily. 

*To clarify, we is the royal we, where my husband has the green thumb, but I know how to cut a mean cardboard core!




Thanks for stopping by!

We offer new and delicious recipes as well as DIY ideas for your home, regularly. Feel free to drop us an email request for any question or recipe you may be looking for. In addition, like all our guests, we invite you to come for a visit again and again for new recipes, and my down-home take on frugal ways to keep your home in tip top shape.

Hey you, don’t miss a post! Please consider following Scratch Made Food! & DIY Homemade Household. To follow by email, and/or by RSS feed, complete the application located on the right-hand side of the blog. Please Note, some posts may contain affiliate links, thank you for supporting Scratch Made Food! & DIY Homemade Household. 

PS, friends, and family who love good food and household ideas might love us too! Tell them about us, and thanks for the referral! 

You may also enjoy, Creative writing from the heart... stories of life, living, and family.

Scratch Made Food! & DIY Homemade Household proudly shares with these generous link parties featured here.  

Would you like to comment?

  1. I love this idea! This gives another way to start seeds indoors. SSPS #48

  2. You are so clever, and you saved a bundle too! Now you've got me thinking spring and all the flowers and herbs that I want to plant this year! Great post.

    1. Leslie, I love repurposing throwaways into something usable. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

  3. This is such a clever idea. I'm going to have to do this. Thanks for sharing this post at the Will Blog for Comments #21 linkup! Hope to see you there next time, too.

  4. thanks for sharing your ideas love them all. I can see how you are preping for gardening season. COme visit us at

    1. Hi Annie, I found your slow cooker rhubarb crisp, I can't wait to make it! Thanks for visiting, now following.


Comments always appreciated, at Scratch Made Food! Thank you for stopping by!