Thursday, April 2, 2009

How to make eggshell planters

Photo by optimal tweezers on Flickr

My friend Jesse is a crafty kind of guy, and when I saw these eggshell planters that he recently made for some plant starts, I conned him into taking photos of the process and letting me post about it. 

Jesse and his good friend Zain made these planters after seeing something like the eggling (which is not made from real eggshells) in a shop in Berkeley's Elmwood district. 

The little planters are easy to make: you simply cut and clean the shell, fill it with potting soil and plant seeds or cuttings. 

Jesse writes: 
The razorblade makes a clean score on the shell, but it's still hard to get a perfectly straight line in the actual break; since the ruggedness is part of the charm, I didn't worry about it. Sharp kitchen knives also work just fine. I rinsed the shells out with hot water, which helped with pulling off the inner membrane.

Action shot!

A cleanly scored egg. 

Let's say it together: Eeeeeeeewwwwwwww! 

But it's worth a little egg slime when the final product is this cute:  

Back row in the carton, from left to right: alyssum, lupine and money plant (a.k.a. philodendron). Front row: dandelion seeds. 

All photos by Jesse Dill

Nice work, guys! I think these would make great Easter crafts projects or springtime housewarming gifts. 


  1. This is a cute idea for an herb garden!

  2. Cool & resourceful! I'm blogging about this one!

  3. They are now selling these with the seeds already in them and somehow the top has been put back on. You take it home, break scored top off and water. I think it is better to make your own though.

  4. I'm almost fifty years old and remember doing this in kindergarten.

  5. i have tried this a while back with my girls, we have painted the eggs first and used some grass seeds.
    my recomendation is to add another hole at the other end of the eggshell to let the access water drain.

  6. Let me guess.. when it is ready to be planted you can add the shell and all since it's bio-degradable and "green."

  7. You need to crack the shells before planting. The roots will not grow through the shells. However, the shells do add calcium to the soil which is all to the good.

  8. Look very cute... Also it will give me an excuse to have lots of scrambled eggs on toast! double win!

  9. Really good site post, im delighted I came across it. Amazing idea! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Nice job, it’s a great post. The info is good to know!

  11. Thanks for informative post. I am pleased sure this post has helped me save my time.

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  13. You could also presumably have boiled eggs for breakfast and remove the top carefully. Once you've eaten the egg it's ready to fill and plant.


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