Gardening with Toilet Paper Rolls

We know that in this uncertain time that many people are purchasing toilet paper en masse, but what do you do when you finish the roll? Those toilet paper rolls that normally end up in the trash can set you up for success in your garden, so check it out!

This will be an instructional blog about gardening by yourself or with your children indoors. This post is geared towards bonding with your children while also having fun and being educational, or just recycling your toilet paper rolls to help prepare you for your spring garden.

  • Toilet Paper Rolls
  • Seeds
  • Water
  • Potting Soil


1. Fold in the bottom half of your toilet paper roll so it creates a closed space for the soil.

Folded Toilet Paper Roll

2. Get your soil ready - I use Jiffy Natural & Organic Seed Starting Mix, found at Walmart, however any loose soil will work.

Potting Soil Jiffy

3. Pour in 4-5 spoons full of soil into the toilet paper roll until soil is about an inch from the top of the roll. 

Toilet Paper Roll with Soil

4. Put a couple seeds of your choice in the soil; most plants can be started in small pots prior to planting outdoors.

5. Put a thin layer of soil on top, just enough to cover the seeds.

6. Pour a little bit of water on to the soil, just enough to wet the soil but do not drench it, or you can spray the seeds with a mister if available.

7. Place on a plate or tray in a well lit room, preferably with east or west facing windows.

pots in window sill

8. Water lightly every other day or when the soil is starting to dry out; you want to maintain a damp soil without being sopping wet.

9. You did it! Now sit, back, relax and watch the seeds grow!

When the seeds seem stable and are about 3 or 4 inches tall, plant directly in ground with the toilet paper roll. The toilet paper rolls act as a pot for the seeds to germinate in, and then as a compost in the ground; and the best part is, you’re recycling!

Want to take it a step further?

Here are a few videos that will help you and your kids understand the plants around us and how your seeds become a plant!


You and your kids will have fun working and learning together as you watch your plant sprout and grow! With this inexpensive and fun project, you’ll not only foster a love of learning and education with your child but will have beautiful and useful plants growing just in time for spring.

Thanks for reading. I hope you and your family enjoy this project!

Written By: Meghan Newman - Elgin Rec Center  |  Photo Credit: Meghan Newman – Elgin Rec Center