How to Plant Seeds in Eggshells - Start a Mini Garden

Learn how to plant seeds in eggshells and start a mini garden. If you use eggs for your breakfast, handle the eggshells with a little care and you'll get yourself lovely seed planters - zero cost and ecological! While you can totally use your Easter dye to add a pop of color as we did here (this Easter DIY decor project), this is an adorable nature brown-egg craft and a great way to start your organic herbs and vegetable garden. Read on to see how.

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Spring time again. My wishes for a garden have remained - wishes only :) Which doesn't stop us from making plans and getting ready for the planting season on the balcony!

If you use the egg carton as holder for the eggshells, you don't even need to spend money on a seed tray! For the purposes of this tutorial, I only used one eggshell and in this case, it was easiest to simply place it into an egg cup I had at hand. Cute, too, isn't it?

You'll need:

  • eggshells 
  • a spoonful of potting soil per eggshell
  • an eggshell holder (egg carton is a good solution!)
  • seeds
  • water

eggshells as seed planters

HOW-TO: start seeds in eggshells

1) Crack the eggs a bit more carefully than usually, trying to leave the lower two-thirds of the eggshell intact - but one half will do just as well. Empty the eggshells (What about making scrambled eggs for your kid's breakfast?) and wash them gently but thoroughly.
2) Make a tiny drainage hole at the bottom (I used a pin) and place the eggshell into a holder (an egg carton is a zero-cost and easy solution).

planting seeds in eggshell planters
3) Fill it with moist potting soil - I just took a spoonful of soil from one of my garden pots on our balcony, as this was obviously the fastest and easiest way to get the potting soil at the moment. ;)

4) Plant the seeds of your choice according to the directions on the seed package. What you see here are rucola seeds.

planting seeds in eggshell planters

8) Place them onto a window sill or somewhere else with enough daylight.
9) Spray with water every now and then to prevent drying out. Don't exaggerate.

planting seeds in eggshell planters
10) When the seeds develop a first set of 'real' leaves, you will easily transfer them into a larger pot or box: you won't even need to replant them as they grow - you simply place the eggshell (together with the sprout and soil) into the plant pot.

seed starting in eggshells

Eggshells provide the seeds with a safe and cute harbor to sprout, but what I like most is they are eco-friendly: not only are the eggshells biodegradable - they will provide nutrients to your plants, too!

If that isn't a great idea? Happy gardening!


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  1. This is such a great idea. I was thinking of starting my small garden and this would be a fun activity to do with my daughter :)

    1. Marina,
      thanks, and - yes, now is the perfect time to do that. (And your daughter just the perfect age to help and enjoy it!) Looking forward to hearing how it went!

  2. So cute! And I love that it transfers easily to a bigger pot!

    1. Lindsay,

      agree! No work needed at that 'replanting' stage, I like that too :)

  3. This made my day Damjana to see this! A must must try! What a creative idea, and I really appreciate you sharing your latest creation at Making Memories Mondays! Love this!

  4. This is such a great idea and just perfect for this time of year. I have featured it on The Weekly Kids Co-op

  5. Oh, so cute idea! My girlie will fall in love with this mini garden. She just asks tons of questions every day about how plants grow and what happens to the seeds when they're in the soil. This is a good way to show her the whole process, or at least a part of it. I'm sure she will be glad to take care of her own plants. Thank you for the idea!

    1. Fallon Regan,
      you're welcome. I'm happy you found something for you here too, I love it when someone finds an idea useful and tries it out. Have a great day, :)

  6. This is one really sweet way to teach your kids how to be more caring. I will definitely try it with my little ones!