Make your own starter pots from yogurt cups… Here’s how!
If you’re like me, you’ve probably had a hard time finding inexpensive 3-inch pots for starting small plants or seeds. And if your family is like mine, you probably go through quite a few snack-sized yogurt containers. so -(starter pots) + (yogurt cups) = Problem solved! You’ve just discovered a source of free starter pots! (Well almost free, since you bought the yogurt to begin with. 😉
Until a few years back, I used to wash those used yogurt cups and send them straight into the recycle bin. Then I realized they were an excellent size for planting seeds or cuttings. (They also make very nice rooting cups or catch pots, so you might consider that too, if you don’t want to go to the trouble of punching drain holes.)
So without further ado, here is how to make starter pots out of a yogurt cups:
What you’ll need:
Some single-serve yogurt containers
A large metal needle (or metal nail)
A lit candle
A well-ventilated area to work
An old rag (or small paper towel)
Optional: Acrylic paints and some paint brushes for decorating
To begin, please be warned that if you choose to follow these instructions, you do so at your own risk. Be sure to work in a well-lit and well-ventilated area and always take proper precautions when working with open flame, sharp objects, and fumes from melting plastics and paint.
An alternative to melting holes in your pots is stabbing holes in them with a knife. To me (because I am a weakling and a klutz) this seems more dangerous than heating a needle. In my experience, with the stabbing technique, you actually tend to waste pots because they can crack under pressure. Also, I’ve noticed that drainage slits don’t tend to work as well as drainage holes.
Whatever approach you decide to take, enjoy your new, free starter pots!