This Easter turn some of your colored eggs into a charming Easter Eggshell Garden. The perfect kid-friendly project; these mini gardens will make a delightful Easter centerpiece. When the weather warms, plant them, eggshell and all, in your garden.
You will need:
- 1 dozen large uncooked eggs
- 1 package egg dye
- Pipe cleaners
- Potting soil
- Small flowers, herbs or plants
- Paring knife
- Household glue
- Small spoon
- Wire cutters
- This step should be performed by parents or older children. Gently hold raw egg over bowl (to catch whites and yolks). Using the blade of the knife, tap lightly all the way around the narrower end of the egg about 1/3 down from the top. Carefully pull off shell “cap” and pour egg contents into bowl. (Use for French toast or scrambled eggs.) Carefully pinch around shell edge to even if necessary. Rinse emptied eggshell under running and place it in egg carton to dry.
- Prepare egg dye per package directions. Dye eggshells the same way you dye hard-boiled eggs. Remind children to be gentle to prevent breaking the eggshells. Return eggshells to egg carton to dry.
- To create egg stands to keep your mini gardens from falling over, cut 4-1/2 inch lengths of pipe cleaner, one for each eggshell. Form each piece into a circle, very slightly overlapping the ends. Place a small dot of glue between the overlapping ends and pinch to hold. Allow to dry.
- Leaving eggshells in the carton for stability use a spoon to fill each shell with potting soil.
- Plant a small flower or herb in each egg shell. With your fingers, push dirt around the base of the plant and tamp down lightly. Water and wipe off dirt or excess water before placing back in egg carton to dry. Good plant choices include: Pansy (Viola Wittrockiana), Primrose, Viola, Basil (Ocimum), and Parsley.
- Squeeze glue onto the top of each pipe cleaner ring. Set the bottom of the eggshell into the ring, holding briefly until the glue sets.
Photo by: Aaron Gustafson