How to Make an Easy DIY Planter with Kids

Our adventure in Garden Camp continues this week. We are enjoying every minute of getting our hands dirty, exploring the garden and learning a ton about our earth! Here is one sweet activity we did earlier this week. Thank you Seattle Tilth and your amazing Children’s Gardening Camp for the ideas and inspiration.

Activity – Newspaper Pot


  • Newspaper
  • 12 ounce water bottle
  • Tape
  • Soil and small container to put the soil
  • Small shovel
  • Seeds


  • Lay the newspaper down on the ground or table
  • Fold  & wrap it around about 2/3 of the bottle
  • Tape & slide the bottle out
  • Fill the newspaper pot with soil
  • Make a small hole with the tip of your finger & plant a seed in the pot
  • Find a nice sunny spot in your yard with your child
  • Dig a little hole with hands or a small shovel
  • Poke a hole or two in or remove the bottom of the pot
  • Place the Newspaper Pot in the hole and cover with soil
  • Wait for your seeds to sprout


We planted our newspaper pot yesterday with beans that will grow quite tall and will be a lot of fun for our boys to watch as they sprout!

Thank you for choosing to read this post today.

Warmly, Marnie



Founder, Publisher, Writer & Editor at Carrots Are Orange, Inc.
Marnie began Carrots Are Orange in 2010 after the birth of her first son. Carrots Are Orange is a Montessori inspired learning and living blog for parents and educators. She hails from Maine, a wonderfully down to earth place to grow up. Marnie moved to the west coast in 1999, currently living east of Seattle with her husband and three young boys. She is pursuing Montessori certification. Her work has been featured on Apartment Therapy, PBS Kids, BabyCenter, the Melissa & Doug blog, and


  1. says

    Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your crafty & ESTY links with us last week. Congrats! One of your ETSY links got the most clicks out of all linked up this past week in our Crafty Saturday Showcase! We are featuring you on our Facebook page, twitter and Pinterest pin!

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  2. says

    Hi, Marnie! I just shared your planter as part of my 101 Days of Summer Fun for Kids! Hope you don’t mind (let me know if you’d rather I didn’t)!

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