Tiny Gardens: DIY Egg Planters

At Gardenista, we believe that even the most reluctant gardener could be persuaded to have a go at some easily accessible, bio-degradable egg gardening. The most appealing aspect? Tiny gardening means tiny mess. A good activity for tiny hands?

Above: Spotted on Terri Planty, here’s an easy to follow step-by-step guide to creating your own egg planters. Most of the materials are inexpensive or free: soil, scissors, pebbles, garden twine, succulent clippings, sprouts or seedlings—and don’t forget the egg(s).


Poke a hole in the pointy end of the egg and, probing gently, make the hole large enough to fit your finger plus a little extra. Empty the egg into a bowl.


Above: After the egg is emptied, clean it out with water in the sink. Next, place a few (from five to seven) tiny pebbles into the base of the egg for drainage.


Above: Fill the egg about half way with soil (depending on what you are planting) and add your clipping or seedling. A few more small rocks can be added to support your plant if needed. Either put them in an egg carton or the more ambitious can make nests for their eggs.


Above: The finished product.

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Victoria Heby
Victoria Heby3 years ago

Love it!!! I am SO going to make these!

Nicolas Bourel
Nicolas Bourel4 years ago


Sandi C.
Sandi C.4 years ago


Winn Adams
Winn Adams4 years ago


Jane Warren
Jane Warren4 years ago

thanks for this
Am not sure my "black" thumb could be as productive as the three shells pictured, but they are nice to look at.

Robert O.
Robert O.4 years ago

Very nice. Thanks.

Diana Roth
Diana Roth4 years ago

Very clever and useful too.

Jennifer C.
Past Member 4 years ago


Heidi H.
Past Member 4 years ago

How sweet!

Kelly Rogers
Kelly Rogers4 years ago

ty for this cute project