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Directions for Folding a Newspaper Container

Compliments of University of Maryland Extension – Allegany & Garrett Counties


(Any size of newspaper can be used)

Step 1: Cut your newspaper in half

Step 2: Fold the newspaper in half (top to bottom)

Step 3: Fold newspaper in half (left side over the right – like a book)

Step 4: Unfold and use a marker to trace the center line on both sides of the paper (Always keep the folded side of the newspaper towards your stomach.)

Step 5: Fold the bottom right corner up to the center line, then fold the bottom left corner up to the center line.

Step 6: Fold the top of the front side of the newspaper down the top of the part that was folded up in the last step.

Step 7: Fold the front flap down one more time.

Then flip the entire piece of newspaper over. (Keep the point toward your stomach)

Step 8: Fold the right hand side of the newspaper into the center line, then fold the left hand side into the center line. (Similar to shutters on a window)

Step 9: Fold the top of the newspaper to the top of the “shutters”. Then fold it down one more time and tuck it into the “shutters”.

Step 10: Fold the point up to the top of the container and then unfold. This fold line will become the bottom of the container when completed.

The rest of these folds are just to help the container open up easier. Fold them and then unfold.

Step 11: Fold the point up to the left bottom corner. Then unfold.

Step 12: Fold the point up to the right corner, then unfold.

Step 13: Open up the container, fill with growing media, and plant your seeds!

Step 14: Enjoy!

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