How to Make an Origami Garden

by Kayla Lowe

Origami gardens are a creative and cost-effective way to decorate your home with flower pots without having to buy them. The concept of an Origami garden is that you plant something within an Origami pot. An ideal material to use to make an Origami pot is newspaper since it provides you a double layer that is more durable to holding soil and stands up well to moisture.

Items you will need

  • Half sheet of newspaper
Step 1

Lay the half sheet of newspaper vertically on a flat work surface. Fold the bottom of the newspaper up to the top.

Step 2

Fold the left of the newspaper to the right. Turn it horizontally. Fold it from left to right. Then unfold it.

Step 3

Pull up the bottom right corner so that it opens. Line up the interior crease of the newspaper with the crease you created in step 2. Crease the newspaper.

Step 4

Flip the newspaper over. Repeat step 3 on this side of the newspaper. Pull the bottom right corner up so that it opens. Align the interior crease with the guideline crease. Then crease the newspaper. You now have a triangle-shaped newspaper.

Step 5

Fold the front two sides of the triangle together. Then fold the back two sides of the triangle together.

Step 6

Fold the top right flap of the triangle in to the center crease. Then fold the new right flap into the crease again. Do the same with the left side of the newspaper. Flip the newspaper over, and repeat on the opposite side.

Step 7

Fold the top flaps down approximately one inch on both the front and back sides of the newspaper.

Step 8

Open the pot by sticking your fingers within the top of the newspaper and pushing outward. Push in the triangular bottom of the pot to unfold it and make it flat. Use your fingers to push and mold the bottom of the pot into shape.

Step 9

Fill your origami pot with soil, and plant your seedlings within the pot. Place the pot within a plant container if you wish your seedlings to grow indoors. Alternatively, place the pot directly within your garden's soil. Whichever method you choose, the origami pot will eventually break down into soil itself. It merely serves as a starting point for your seedlings.

Tips & Warnings

  • Decorate your origami flower pot to make it more attractive.
  • Make your creases sharp and crisp for your pot to hold up.