Home Art Project 6 – Eggshell Planters

Celebrate Art, Nature, and… Earth Day
 
Eggbert Planters – Inspired by one of our instructors, Helena!
 
Materials
 
Eggshells
Egg carton
Potting soil & spoon
Seeds
 
Prepare the Eggshells
Save the eggshells when you use them and save the egg carton, too.

Carefully crack the top third of the egg. Empty out the eggshells completely.  Wash the eggshells out well. 

It is suggested to put the empty eggshells in a pot of boiling water for a few minutes for extra care. Wash your hands.
 
Add Drainage
Take the empty eggshell, and poke a tiny hole in the very bottom with your sharp object. If you are using a thin needle or pin, widen the hole a bit with a pushpin or small nail. 

This hole provides drainage, so the roots of your plant don’t drown. You only need to poke one small hole; more than one might crack the shell.
 
Decorate Your Shell
Draw a face… or flower… or hearts… or whatever inspires you on your eggshells.

 
Add Potting Soil
Using a small spoon, fill the eggshell with moist potting soil. Lightly spray it with water from a spray bottle as you fill the eggshell.
 
Plant Your Seeds and Care for Your Plants
Plant your seeds according to directions, about a half inch down from the top of the soil. Then place each eggshell in the carton as a secure spot for your egg planters. If you want quick results, try beans or cucumbers – they usually sprout in a few days
 
 
Put your completed egg planters in a sunny spot, and mist them daily with water so that the soil stays moist.
 
Enjoy your plants
When the plants grow too big for the shells, gently crack the shells and plant them straight into the garden or a bigger pot. The shell will eventually biodegrade, and the roots will grow out of the shell. The shell also supplements the calcium in the soil. 

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