Using Eggshells as Vegetable Planters

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How to Make Vegetable Planters with Eggshells

About four weeks before the last frost, try planting some vegetables in egg shells.  Have the kids help you too!

These will need to be kept in the house or a heated garage until they are ready to transplant in your garden.

Eggshell Vegetable Planter Necessary Items

  • Eggshells  (cleaned and dried)
  • Vegetable Seeds (any kind will do)
  • Potting mix
  • Water

Vegetable Planters with Eggshells


  1. When you fix eggs for your family, try breaking them toward the top of the egg.  This will allow you more planting depth.  Immediately wash and allow to dry.
  2. When dry, take a nail or a screw and gently punch a small hole in the bottom of the egg for drainage.   Place back in the container
  3. Fill each egg shell up about 3/4 of the way with your potting mix.  Press seeds in soil gently and cover with a little more potting soil. Seeds should only be covered about 1/4 inch.
  4. Water gently and place in a sunny location in a window sill.  Keep soil moist, but not soaked.

Eggshell Vegetable Planters

In about 6-10  days, your plants should look like these. When they get about 3 inches tall, transplant them into a larger container about the size of a yogurt container or a little larger.

Make sure that you punch a few drainage holes in the bottom of the new container.  Fill this container about halfway with new potting mix. Take your eggshell plant and gently break the shell as you are placing it into the new container.  The shell will remain with the plant.

Gently put potting mix around the plant leaving the stems and leaves exposed.  Continue to water and in about 2 weeks, this should be ready to take outside and plant into your garden.

by Savings Lifestyle: Mary on April 25, 2011


  • Elizabeth - May 03, 2011 @ 9:17 am

    That is cute. I am trying a hanging plant “pot” made from plastic kroger bags. Waiting to see how that goes and how long it lasts.

    • JL - June 04, 2011 @ 1:48 pm

      Love your idea of using plastic grocery bags. Please post pictures when you get it done. I always have so many plastic bags and run out of ideas of what to do with them.

  • Cheap Sally - May 05, 2011 @ 12:00 pm

    This is a great idea. My daughter actually owned some egglings for a while (ceramic eggs filled with soil and seeds) and they worked well until they got too big for their casings. Super cute!

  • Albert Devakaram - March 17, 2012 @ 7:41 am

    This is indeed a fantastic idea. My wife’s favourite hobby is gardening. Her birthday falls in the first week of April, the symbol of new life and bursting buds. My best gift to her, I believe, will be selling this fantastic idea to her. I am sure she will be simply thrilled!

  • linda jurey - April 15, 2012 @ 9:40 am

    please show how you can use plastic bags for planting

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