Origami Plant Pot

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Big activities with a small footprint.

Recycle your old newspaper and learn or practise your origami skills by making this simple and very useful origami plant pot! You don’t need any glue or tape. The pots can be put into the ground and the newspaper breaks down over time. The plants roots will grow through the newspaper. 

You will need:

  • Newspaper

How to make your Origami Plant Pot

Newspaper laid out open on table.
  1. Get a standard size piece of newspaper and turn it so the long side is facing you. (If you are using large newspaper, rip in half).  
Newspaper folded along centre crease.

2. Fold the piece in half from left to right.

Newspaper folded in quarters.

3. Fold it again from the bottom to the top so it makes a quarter size. 

Newspaper folded in eighths.

4. Fold this in half again from left to right. 

Demonstrating new fold, the bottom right corner up to the middle along the spine. It will create a triangle shape.

5. Now fold the bottom right corner (the yellow ‘X’ as shown in image 4) up to the middle along the spine. It will create a triangle shape. The yellow line at the bottom in image 4 should now be in the centre. 

Demonstrating new fold, the bottom right corner up to the middle along the spine. It will create a triangle shape.

6. Flip over to the other side and repeat the same thing. 

Flip over to the other side and repeat the fold, the bottom right corner up to the middle along the spine. It will create a triangle shape.
Demonstration to open the wings of newspaper to make a triangular shape.

7. Open the wings up to make a triangular shape as shown. Do this on both sides. 

8. Fold both wings into the crease in the centre. 

9. Fold the wings in again. 

10. Now flip it over and repeat. It should look like this when you are done. 

11. Fold the top flap down and crease them well. Do this on both sides. 

12. Open your pot and square the bottom so it can sit well. 

Finished origami plant pot made from newspaper.
Finished origami plant pot.

13. Ta da! Your finished origami plant pot should look something like this! 

You have the option to fold the top two flaps inside, once soil has been added it will hold them in place. 

You can also make multiple pots and connect them by dropping the top flap into the adjoining pot to make a row of four or six. 

Now that you have made your origami planting pot, have a go growing some sunflowers. Take a look at our simple growing guide webpage.