Making egg shell planters is a fun Earth Day DIY for the whole family. Welcome Spring with this easy to make project that’s a creative activity for spring, Easter or Earth Day.
Gardening in the spring is fun for the whole family. It’s the best time of the year to get outside and make your own egg carton seed starter or egg shell planter. Both are a great way to recycle your egg shells and egg cartons making them the perfect Earth Day DIY.
What is Earth Day?
Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. It is a day to appreciate and celebrate the environment. Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970. Since then, it has been celebrated in over 192 countries.
Each year it reminds us to give back to the planet we live on by doing, creating, or making. You might want to get together an Earth Day craft and talk about recycling with the kids or get in the yard for a more hands-on project.
This year to show support for Earth Day I wanted to share this super easy and fun DIY Eggshell Planters. I saw a pin on Pinterest that inspired me to give this craft a try and I couldn’t wait to share this with you guys.
Egg Shell Planters
Because we raise hens and my collection basket of eggs were overflowing, it was a no brainer for me to use a few for this quick Earth Day craft.
I am also getting ready to start planting my spring annuals and thought this would be a great way to make an Easter centerpiece as well as celebrate mother earth by recycling the egg shells and egg carton.
You can use any type of seed in your egg shell planters, but I like to use flowers or herbs. Some great options are petunia, pansy, snapdragon, verbena, impatiens, basil, thyme, and parsley.
Egg Carton Seed Starters
An egg carton seed starter is another great way to recycle your egg cartons and get ready for gardening in the spring. Having the planters in a controlled environment will help your plants get a good start before you transplant them outside.
You can use this method for starting any type of seedling, but I like to start my herb seeds this way. I find it easier to keep an eye on the moisture levels and the soil stays warmer a bit longer in the early spring days.
I have planted up some parsley in a separate arrangements to give as gifts to friends for the holidays. The little seedlings grow quickly and will be popped up, ready to gift by the time Easter rolls around.
How To Plant Flowers in Egg Shell Planters
After you have placed the half eggshells in the carton, it is time to add some soil. I use a light potting mix soil, but you can use any type that you like.
Once you are ready to plant your annuals, gently pull away the excess dirt, keeping the main roots in tact and gently place them in the shell.
You may need to fill any extra room back in with loose soil. Gently water and place in a sunny spot until you are ready to use them.
Keep an eye on the moisture levels, especially when the seedlings or flowers first start to grow. You don’t want the soil to be too wet or too dry.
Once I am done using this as my Easter brunch centerpiece I can then plant the flowers (eggs and all) in my outdoor planters to enjoy throughout the upcoming summer. Happy planting!
Did you enjoy this DIY Eggshell Planters and you want more Earth Day projects? Check out the Earth Day Projects below from The Garden Charmers. Something for everyone, so we can all get involved this coming Earth Day.
Earth Day Projects With The Garden Charmers
- Kill Them With Kindness / Celebrating Earth Day | Lynne – Sensible Gardening & Living
- Celebrating Earth Day Every Day | Heather – New House New Home New Life
- Earth Day Inspiration | Jacki – Drought Smart Plants
- Earth Day Projects For Kids | Melissa – Empress of Dirt
- Earth Day | Judy – Magic Touch & Her Gardens
- Natural Garden Remedies for Earth Day | Shelley – Sow & Dipity
- DIY Eggshell Planters | Amy – A Healthy Life For Me
- Attracting Beneficial Insects to the Garden | Stephanie – Garden Therapy
- 12 Easy Ways to Celebrate Earth Day | Carol – The Gardening Cook
- Earth Day ~ 50 ideas to Green Our Lives & Communities | Barb – Our Fairfield Home & Garden
- Planting a Honey Bee Friendly Garden | Tanya – Lovely Greens