Hawthorne Elementary School

Eco Craft Ideas

How To Make Eggshell Planters

Adapted from:   http://www.modernmom.com/3494f7cc-3b48-11e3-94be-bc764e04a41e.html
Images and text by Valerie Rice 



  • (12) Eggshells
  • Egg carton
  • Dampened potting soil
  • Seeds (choose ones that sprout quickly like thyme, chervil and chamomile)
  • Scissors
  • Spoon

Wash outside of eggs. Smash pointy side down on counter (carefully). Tilt egg and crack smashed point on counter to loosen top of shell.


Peel top off the smashed and now cracked shells (reserve eggs for another use). Ideally, remove only the top 1/3 of the shell to create the opening.


Extract as much egg as you can out of the shell and then wash the inside out. Carefully use scissors (or garden shears) to cut a wider and even opening.


Using a teaspoon, fill each shell with dampened soil, leaving about 1” at the top. Scatter seeds on top of soil. Place one additional small spoonful of soil on top and gently pat down.


Place back in the egg carton and cut the center off the carton lid. Affix aviary or pliable chicken wire or string over the top and contain it around the carton with a large rubber band.  Now, your eggshells are safe from the birds.


Make sure you place the carton in a place that the eggs will get at least 6 hours of sunlight. And water carefully with a spray daily, misting only 2 days after the day you seed.