DIY: Succulent Egg GardenPosted on April 10, 2014
With egg dyeing season in full swing, why not mix it up and turn your egg shells into a mini garden instead? You could even dye your egg shells AND then turn them into a little egg garden too. As I’m well aware, the internet still really likes succulents. So for my Easter craft this week, I’m going with eggs and succulents, which looks like a winning combination to me!
And while I’m definitely not the first to create a little garden using egg shells, there are a few tips I wanted to include that I haven’t seen mentioned on many other tutorials of this kind. So check out the DIY below and get to it!
- Push Pin
- Small Pebbles
- Porous Soil (about 1 cup for 6 eggs)
- Small Succulent(s)
- Sand (1/4 cup for 6 eggs)
Step #1: Just as you would if you were going to dye your eggs, poke a hole into the top and bottom of the egg using a push pin and blow out the yolk. This hole is super important as it’s going to allow for drainage.
Note: If you want to dye your shell, now is the time to do that. I wanted to go for the natural cage-free look, so I kept mine brown. I guarantee your garden will look rad either way, so totally up to you! If you don’t want to dye them, you can swap steps 1 + 2.
Step #2: Gently crack off the top quarter or so of your shell. Make sure to not rush this step, as the shell can easily crack. Wash the inside of your egg with water, making sure to get the interior filmy layer out (not too sure what the technical term is here, but I’m sure you know what I’m referring to).
Step #3: Add a few small light-weight pebbles to the inside of your egg. This will allow your plants’ roots to stay dry, as succulents very much prefer. This is another crucial and often overlooked step!
Step #4: Add a small scoop of some porous fast-drying soil to your egg. Once you’ve added the soil, use your finger to make an indented hole for the succulent.
Step #5: Carefully remove your succulent from its plastic pot and gently shake off any excess soil.
Sidenote: How fun is this guy?!!?!
Step #6: Lastly, position your succulent into the egg, adding extra soil (if needed) to secure the succulent. If you like the look with the sand (like mine), sprinkle some of that atop your soil at this point. Add just a few drops of water and your succulent egg garden is ready to go!
What’s great about these is they can easily be transferred to a larger pot after Easter. That is what I plan on doing, since this year’s frigid and miserable winter sadly took my 2-year-old (and Sandy survivor) succulents with it.
For more succulent gardening tips, check out my succulent toolbox DIY. And if you haven’t seen my succulent cupcake tutorial yet, check that out too! Just click on either photo below to be directed to the post.