Blog Contributor, Crafty Mom and Writer, Gillian, from the Blog “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.
We eat a lot of eggs in our house. This is in part because we are lucky enough to share eight beautiful hens with our neighbors so there are always plenty of fresh eggs just a few steps from our door. But even before we had hens, we were big egg eaters. Our most popular egg meal is probably Egg Soldiers. It’s something I grew up eating on a regular basis and I’ve never met a kid who didn’t love it. It’s pretty basic, soft boil an egg, tap off the top to reveal the runny yolk, cut a slice of buttered toast into thin strips (soldiers) for dipping. My kids devour it, scraping every last drop of egg out of the shell, which leaves me with a lot of stripped clean egg shells.
Now admittedly I throw most of them in the compost heap. Even I’m not crafty enough to think of a use for half a dozen empty egg shells each week, but every once in a while we use them for some kind of craft. A few weeks ago, the kids were eating a pair of particularly pretty brown eggs and I just couldn’t bring myself to toss them in with old orange peels and last night’s dinner scraps so instead, we decided to make a couple of mini planters out of them.
I read somewhere recently that nothing brings out your inner kindergartener like a sprouting seed. I think that’s absolutely true. When I was a teacher we used to sprout Lima beans in wet paper towels and I think I peeked more often than the kids. It’s just one of those miraculous things that never get old. For this seed sprouting experiment we dug out some of last spring’s left over seeds that were both quick germinating and pretty, radishes and chives.
But before we could get planting, we had to get decorating! Because an egg planter isn’t and egg planter without a little something added to the mix!
First, we needed something for our little guys to set in. Egg cups were the obvious, and we certainly have a bunch of those lying around, but they didn’t seem very fun. Instead we turned a couple of bottle lids into mini egg cups by hot gluing a scrap of ribbon around the edge. Next we glued buttons on for eyes, noses and a mouth (my sons has no mouth, it’s a robot egg, and apparently robot eggs don’t need mouths). With that done, it was time to plant.
We packed some potting soil into the egg shell, sprinkled on the seeds and then it was time to wait. The trick here is to give them just enough water, since there is no drain hole you don’t want to flood the egg, but you also don’t want the seeds to dry out. After a few weeks, the seeds begin to sprout, making fun tufts of hair for your egg planter men.
The kids love them and are lobbying for a transfer from kitchen window sill to the playroom and while I’d love to oblige , I don’t think I can give up having those happy little egg faces smiling at me while I do the dishes each day. Good thing we’re having eggs again this afternoon!
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