How to make Eggshell Planters

A mini bud vase made from an eggshell, filled with flowers

How to make Eggshell Planters ~ simple eggshells can be used to make the most enchanting floral arrangements for Easter brunch and springtime entertaining. Skip the pricey florist and create your own tablescapes with flowers and plantings you can gather from your own yard or neighborhood. Eggshells make fabulous seed starters, too!

A hand holding an eggshell vase with flowers.

these eggshell vases and planters are super simple, so even if you’re not crafty you can pull it off.

From the moment I saw one of these cute eggshell bud vases online, I knew I would do a post on them. Here in Southern California the flowers are out in force, so all I had to do was take a walk around the block to gather some colorful blossoms. If you’re in a colder part of the country, check out the floral section of your supermarket. You can use your hollowed out eggshells as vases for cut flowers and greens, or as mini planters. You can go all out with colorful blooms, or keep to a minimal theme with simple leafy greens or ferns.

Eggshell vase with flowers, in an egg carton.

what you’ll need to make your own eggshell vases and planters~

  • Raw eggs, I like to use extra large or jumbo because they’ll give you the most space to work with.
  • An cardboard egg carton for your arrangement. You can also use egg cups, tea cups, ceramic egg cartons, cake stands, etc.
  • If you’re going to make mini planters you’ll need potting soil or succulent planting mix if you’re using succulents
  • Small cut flowers, herbs, ferns, mini succulents or succulent cuttings, seedlings, small bulbs, etc.

An eggshell vase with flowers sitting in an egg carton.

 

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eggshell planters

begin with a cracked and emptied egg ~

  • Gently but firmly tap the small end of a raw egg with a butter knife until it cracks, then carefully break away the top portion of the egg with your fingers. You can remove just a little for a small opening, or more, it’s up to you. Don’t worry about being neat, the jagged edge is part of the charm!
  • Empty the egg, then rinse and dry. Now you’re ready to fill with water or soil.

eggshells made into planters for microgreens

image source: Swooned

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eggshell succulent planters in an egg crate

image source: the Kitchn

eggshells provide perfect little vessels for planting mini succulents.

  • Poke a small hole in the bottom of your emptied eggshell for drainage with a sharp pin.
  • Fill with potting soil made specifically for succulents or cactus (you can get this at your local garden center.)
  • Find mini succulents at your local nursery or Home Depot type stores. You can also take small cuttings from larger plants.
  • Just place your succulent right into the soil and pat down so they are stable.
  • Water sparingly.
eggshell succulent planter
image source: Petagadget

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mini seed starters made from eggshells

image source: A Simple Pantry

eggshells can serve as seed starters for all sorts of plants

This allows you to get a head start on the planting season, and is a great project to do with kids.

  • Poke a small drainage hole in the bottom of your egg shells with a sharp pin.
  • Fill your emptied egg shells 2/3 full with planting mix.
  • Drop in a few seeds, then cover with a thin layer of soil.
  • Water lightly and keep in a sunny spot.
  • When the seedlings have developed leaves, they are ready to transplant, just plant them right in the garden, egg shell and all. Give the shell a squeeze to crack the surface just before planing so the roots can expand into the soil easily.

Growing grass seedlings in eggshells

image source: Gardenista

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A vase of flowers on a table

image source: Martha Stewart

set your egg ‘vases’ into egg cups or even tea cups filled with moss for display

These make beautiful accents for a spring brunch place setting.

  • You’ll find egg cups in most home goods stores, and kitchen sections of large department stores. You can find vintage egg cups in thrift stores, too.
  • Replenish the water often, and arrange your flowers shortly before you want to display them, they won’t stay fresh for more than a day. Refresh with new blossoms as needed.

 

A close up of a flower

image source: Lauren Conrad

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hanging flower vases made from eggshells

image source: BRIT+CO

you can create adorable hanging planters with your eggshells.

  • Carefully crack your eggshells and empty.
  • Use a sharp needle to create a hole on either side, near the edge, but not too close.
  • Thread twine though the holes and knot to secure.
  • If you’re super duper crafty you might try making macrame hangers to fit the eggshells.
  • Hang from a twig, a chandelier, or windowsill.
  • Fill with water and blossoms.

hanging flower vases made from eggshells

image source: @tittimalmberg

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eggshell vases on a table

image source: We Are Scout

don’t limit yourself to white or brown egg shells, use festive dyed or decorated eggs too!

  • Dye or decorate raw eggs just like you would with boiled eggs, then crack and empty.
  • You can also crack and empty the eggs first, and then paint the shells using paint markers.
  • Dip the raw edges in glue and then glitter for some glam.
  • Fill or plant as above.

eggshells filled with flowers on a table

image source: Sewforsoul

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eggshells made into flower pots for spring table

image source: Craftberry Bush

gather several eggs together to make a spring centerpiece, or use a single eggshell for a minimal effect.

  • Use wide shallow bowls or cake stands as your vessel for a centerpiece. A pie plate on top of a cake stand works well.
  • Moss makes a great filler, tucked in between the eggs. Find it at your local nursery or garden center.
  • For individual eggs you can use a dab of museum wax to stabilize them in any position you like.
  • Love this idea but don’t want to fuss with egg shells? Fake it with ceramic egg shell vases from Amazon!

 

eggshells made into flower vases for spring

image source: Stylizimo

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A slice of eggs Benedict quiche with Hollandaise sauce.

you’re going to need some good recipes handy to use up all those eggs you’ve emptied out from your shells.

 

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19 Comments

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    Adrianne
    April 24, 2021 at 11:48 am

    This is a very cool post Sue and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it! All of the photos are beautiful. The ideas are clever and creative. Thanks for something different (to be inspired by!) Cheers Adrianne

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    Eva
    April 4, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    How cute are these. I actually want to plant a few seedlings. As a newbie, are there particular herbs that are good to start with or does anything go?

    Thanks for this very adorable post!

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    Leigh
    April 4, 2021 at 6:54 am

    I LOVE these! Such a great idea to use up those empties. My only comment is for anyone who wants to sterilize the eggshells before putting them near food. Once emptied and rinsed, put them in a 200*F oven for 30 minutes. I actually do this before composting or mixing in the garden soil and often stick them in the oven after I’ve baked something (twofer on the electricity).

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    Cindy Kern
    March 28, 2021 at 3:38 pm

    What fabulous ideas!!!

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    March 29, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing these Sue! They’re absolutely adorable. I’m not a green thumb in any way, but I think i’ll give these a try! Too cute to pass up!

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 30, 2018 at 7:06 am

      This is a fun project for the craft and garden challenged, for sure Mary Ann 🙂

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    Slava Bruder
    March 29, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Very clever idea….just love it!

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