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Tiny Gardens: DIY Egg Planters

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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1:23PM PST on Jan 5, 2013

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

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2:59PM PDT on Sep 23, 2012

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.

7:31PM PDT on Sep 21, 2012

Very nice. Thanks.

7:24PM PDT on Sep 21, 2012

Very clever and useful too.

5:47AM PDT on Sep 21, 2012


3:55AM PDT on Sep 21, 2012

How sweet!

12:06PM PDT on Sep 20, 2012

ty for this cute project

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