I bought this paper pot maker for children to make their own pots for their planted seeds. While it is aesthetically appealing, it is not necessary. A toilet paper roll or any other rounded object the size of a small pot would suffice. Also, many times we had to use tape to keep the newspaper pots together.
I used it to start some garden seeds, and am very pleased with the results. It's easy to use and the pots hold their shape well once filled. I like that I will be able to plant the entire pot directly in the ground.