How to Use 🧻 Toilet Paper to Make Your Own Seed Tape

Making your own seed tape is easy and fun! Why buy those expensive rolls of seed tape in the store when you can make your own?
Here's a list of what you'll need:
Toilet paper
Paint Brush
3 Small Bowls

    First you'll want to dump the seeds that you plan on using for your tape, into a small bowl or jar.

    Fill another small bowl with water.

    Place a tablespoon or so of flour into the last bowl and mix in just enough water to make a paste. Something like the consistency of pancake batter.
    So now you've got three bowls or jars. One with seeds, one with just water, and one with your flour mixture.

    Lay your roll of toilet paper onto a flat surface.

    Using the end of your paintbrush,  dip it into the flour mixture and then onto the toilet paper making a dot.  Do this up the entire length of the toilet paper making sure that the spacing of the dots matches the planting distance recommended for the particular crop you'll be planting.

    Refer to your SeedsNow planting guide that was included in your order or refer to our websites Seed Planting Calendar

    Once your toilet paper has a line of flour dots, rinse the end of your brush, and then dab it in the water, and then into the jar with the seeds in it. This will pick up a small amount of seeds onto the tip of your brush.  Now place those seeds on the tip of your brush onto the flour dots.  Put between 2-3 seeds per dot.

    Now that your flour dots, all have seeds on them, you'll want to fold the toilet paper in half. There should be enough flour on the paper to make it stick and hold when you fold it.

    At this point you can let it dry completely and then roll them up until you're ready to plant them.

    In the garden, use a piece of wood to make a trench where you'll be planting your seed tape.

    Lay the tape down, cover with soil, and then water to moisten the soil and the tape. 
    Using seed tape cuts down on waste that you get with traditional sowing methods.  No more thinning an entire row of seedlings! When your seeds germinate, they'll be perfectly spaced according to the recommended spacing guidelines that you created when you made your seed tape.


    Beverly Sutter

    excellent idea


    Can these seed tapes be made in the winter to be used at seed planting time?


    This is great! I have milkweed seeds to plant for next year. I’ll do this toilet paper thing and put them out in the fall to sit over
    winter and grow in spring like they do in nature.

    Marilyn Wann

    Bamboo toilet paper would be safest to use, I think. Recycled toilet paper contains microplastics.


    I know Marks comment was from last spring… However, they do have have organic toilet paper if you’re truly concerned with chemicals from the toilet paper. I personally would use a septic safe thinner toilet paper such as Scott’s to versus a thicker toilet paper like charmin or cottenelle. This really is a wonderful idea considering how much I dread planting and wasting half of my darn carrot seeds!!!


    So the wetness doesn’t encourage germination of the seeds


    Very useful information. Thanks.

    Raul Hernandez

    Great idea i hate wasting seed by thinning them


    Perfect for carrots! I HATE messing with carrot seeds.


    Just wondering about chemicals, bleach, etc. in the tp. If we go to trouble io getting organic seeds planted in organic soil, doesn’t the toilet paper change all that?



    Michael G O'Leary

    The information provided will be very good when planting a garden. Thank you

    Leave a comment

    All comments are moderated before being published


    The SECRET to getting more tomatoes on every plant

    The SECRET to getting more tomatoes on every plant

    Maybe it's time to give your tomatoes a little bit extra "care and encouragement", in the form of spanking them. Now, we're not endorsing plant abuse here by any means, but what we are suggesting is making sure that all of those tiny flowers get the proper pollination they need to produce fruit. 
    How to Grow a Giant Pumpkin from Seed

    How to Grow a Giant Pumpkin from Seed

    If you’re planning on growing a GIANT pumpkin, keep in mind that you may need anywhere from 400 sq. ft. all the way up to 1200 sq. feet for just ON...
    38 Edible Flowers To Plant In Your Garden

    38 Edible Flowers To Plant In Your Garden

    Nothing will impress your friends and family like sprinkling some colorful flowers into a salad, onto pastries or even as a garnish in their favorite drinks. Edible flowers will add a beautiful splash of color to many dishes and they are readily available, when you're growing them right in your own garden.
    15 Herbs You Can Grow at Home To Make Your Own Tea

    15 Herbs You Can Grow at Home To Make Your Own Tea

    These 15 herbs will make a wonderful addition to your collection of "tea making supplies"!  Start curing your ailments naturally by growing your own herbal remedies. You can use them individually or mix and match to create unique tones and flavors that are suitable to your own liking. 
    Your Guide to Gardening Through all 4 Seasons

    Your Guide to Gardening Through all 4 Seasons

    As the weather becomes consistently cold (in late October and early November, in the upper Midwest), you can work at preparing your garden for winter. There are several aspects to winter preparation.
    How to Deal with Squash Bugs

    How to Deal with Squash Bugs

    Squash bugs can destroy crops and are quite the nuisance. Check your squash plants daily for signs of squash bugs and their eggs.   What to look...
    How to Save 🍅 Tomato Seeds

    How to Save 🍅 Tomato Seeds

    There are several ways that you can save your heirloom tomato seeds, but here are two of the most popular techniques.  Fermentation Method: Choos...
    How To Tell When 🍆 Eggplant Is Ripe

    How To Tell When 🍆 Eggplant Is Ripe

    One of the easiest ways to determine if they are ripe is to gently squeeze the eggplant. Once you release, the skins should "bounce back". If indentations remain, the fruit is not quite ripe yet. 
    Prepare NOW for a garden in the fall!

    Prepare NOW for a garden in the fall!

    Summer will soon be over but having a thriving vegetable garden doesn't have to end when summer does. With a little bit of planning, and p...


    Browse through hundreds of different varieties

    📙 SEED CATALOG {A - Z}