Tuesday, March 30, 2010

How to Make Eggshell Planters

It's that time of year again, when the weather gets better and everyone wants to head outdoors. Today we worked on making eggshell planters. I've seen this idea around on TV and such, but never tried it. The ideas I've seen usually use grass seeds to make the hair, but we used chive seeds.

This is a great hands-on lesson when learning about recycling and gardening. You can teach how eggshells decompose, so you can break up the bottom and plant it directly into the ground.

Here's how we made our decomposable eggshell planters:

First crack the top of the egg with a sharp knife. I just quickly tapped around the top of the egg, pulled it off, and drained out the yolk. Then I rinsed out the shell and put it back into the carton to dry.

This is how much egg we have left:

Next, we drew faces on the egg shells with markers.

Then we went outside and carefully filled the eggshells with potting mix and chive seeds. Then we covered the seeds with a bit more soil.

Lastly, we watered them.

They are now sitting in our windowsill. The pack says 15 days until germination, so I'll post an update of our egg people when they start to sprout. She had a really great time making these, and the egg shells will provide calcium to our garden when we transplant. Happy Homeschooling!

1 comment:

  1. Unfortunately, a big wind blew our container out of the windowsill and our little egg guys met their maker. We've since moved on to little pots, but it was a noble effort on our part. R.I.P. little egg guys.