Spring is a time for rebirth – baby animals, sprouting plants, and displaying new spring décor. This seed starting in eggshells craft combines the joy of spring into one easy, kid-friendly project. Give your children a mini-garden to grow and care for- all you need for space is a windowsill to create this easy eggshell nursery. Not only does this craft create a cute display, but eggshells provide valuable nutrients to growing plants, so you’ll be helping your little seedlings thrive!
Eggshells are actually good for plants because they provide valuable nutrients to your soil like calcium.
What You Will Need To Create Your Easy Eggshell Seed Starters:
- Egg shells
- Egg carton
- Potting soil
- A spoon
- Seeds for herbs or plants of your choice
How To Start Seeds In Eggshells:
- Carefully crack the top, more narrow point of your eggs, leaving as much of the shell’s bottom intact as possible. If you are using hard boiled eggs, you’ll need to crack the shells about halfway to be able to remove the egg easily. For raw eggs, you can leave about three-quarters of the shell intact, but make sure to rinse the egg from your shells before planting.
- Place the intact portions of your eggshells in the slots of your egg carton.
- Spoon the potting soil into your eggs. About 2 or 3 spoonfuls should be just enough.
- Following the directions on your seed packets, place a seed or two in each shell. Be sure that the variety of seeds you’ve chosen all require similar amounts of sunlight to grow.
- Dampen the soil in each shell and place your nursery on a well-lit windowsill.
- Continue to water and provide the correct amount of sunlight for your seedlings. In a few weeks, you’ll start to see them grow!
After your seedlings have sprouted, plant the entire eggshells directly into full-sized pots or into your garden so that the shells can continue to supply nutrients to your little starter plants.
For an extra special touch, have your child decorate the egg carton with paint, markers, or crayon before starting the project. Also consider marking which seedling will grow into which plant by writing the names of each on popsicle sticks. Popsicle sticks can be inserted into the edges of the soil in your eggshells or can be pushed through the ridges of the carton.
Starting seeds in eggshells is easy and saves you money because you don’t have to buy pots and seeds are always much cheaper than plants. I hope you and your kids enjoy this fun project. Don’t forget to take photos of planting seeds in eggshells to add to your scrapbook!