DIY Succulent Eggshell Planters

DIY Succulent Eggshell Planters

Easter Succulents in DIY Eggshell Planters

Whether you celebrate Easter, the vernal equinox or are simply grateful that it’s finally spring, this DIY succulent eggshell planting is for you! For well over 50,000 years, humans have decorated eggs and embraced them as a natural symbol of new life. Today’s simple, inexpensive succulent craft takes it one step further. Typically, a decorated egg never gives new life. But planted with succulent cuttings, these fun eggshell planters will, in fact, succor new life! Wouldn’t these make fun favors for an Easter brunch?

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DIY Succulent Eggshell Planter Supplies

succulent eggshell planters supplies

DIY succulent eggshell planters using succulent cuttings is a fun, economical way to celebrate spring and to share what you love with others. It seems like a really good time for this DIY! 🙂

To make your own succulent eggshell planters, you will need:

*Late-winter/ early spring is the perfect time to collect succulent cuttings from your garden or over-wintered plants. All succulent varieties are awake and actively growing in spring. You could also make this project using small succulents as I did in my DIY Succulent Easter Eggs.


Preparing Eggshell Planters

rap the egg with a knife

Hold the raw egg in the palm of your hand, and give it a sharp rap with the knife blade, close to the pointed end of the egg. Be sure to hold it over a bowl to catch the egg as it runs out. (You’ll use the eggs later to make a yummy omelet or french toast casserole.) Gently break out the top of the eggshell with your fingers.

After emptying the eggshells, rinse them well, then boil them in a pot of water for 10 minutes to eliminate any threat of salmonella. Let them air dry. And, of course, wash your hands after handling the raw eggs.

Eggshells have several great uses in the garden. Crushed eggshells are an organic source of slow-release calcium when used as a soil amendment. They also can be scattered on top of the soil to protect a precious plant from snails and slugs. The sharp edges of the shells slice into the slugs and snails, preventing them from reaching the plant. You can also turn them into cute eggshell planters for seed starting or succulent cuttings!


Add Drainage to Eggshell Planters

add drainage to eggshell planters

If you intend to use your eggshell planters just for a few days for a party, there’s no need for drainage holes. Or, you can just be very careful with how you water. But adding a small drain hole was easy. Set the empty, dried eggshells back into the egg carton. Then, put the point of the steak knife into the bottom of the shell and gently push. The carton supports the egg so the only breakage is at the point of the knife.

Prepare Succulent Cuttings

preparing graptoveria cutting for eggshell planters

I took a number of different cuttings from the succulents in my garden. If you prefer, you can purchase great quality succulent cuttings online. This one is a Graptoveria ‘California Sunset’ — I just love the stress coloring for this variety! Just as you would for any succulent stem cutting, remove the lower leaves to expose nodes for rooting. Remove the leaves carefully and set them aside. Each leaf can be propagated to grow a new succulent.

Use your handy scoop to fill each eggshell planter with fast-draining succulent soil. Planting eggshells is as simple as inserting the stem of the cutting into the soil. Gently tamp down the soil using the base of the chopstick. You won’t water for 1-2 weeks.


Brush off Succulent Eggshell Planters

brush off succulents

A soft bristle brush is one of my most-used succulent tools. Use the brush to whisk away any stray soil particles or cobwebs.

I plan to root these cuttings in their eggshell. I’ll come back and post an update and photos in a couple of months. Once the cuttings are well-rooted, you can transplant the succulent or simply crush the eggshell planter and plant it in the soil.

Displaying Succulent Eggshell Planters

egg carton filled with succulent eggshell planters

Such a simple DIY! You could declare your succulent eggshell planters complete. Wouldn’t this egg carton filled with planters be a cute addition to a spring party?

But I decided to add just a whisper of cream reindeer moss to each planter:


egg carton filled with succulent eggshell planters with moss added

I think they’re pretty adorable!

An egg platter or egg cups provide another way to display your succulent eggshell planters. I think an egg cup with a succulent egg at each place setting would be a wonderful favor to give guests at an Easter brunch. They can each take their succulent planter home and to grow the cutting, then transplant it into their spring garden.

egg dish filled with succulent eggshell planters

There you have it — a simple succulent DIY. If you eat eggs and have succulents, it’s completely free!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this DIY. More than that, I hope you stay safe and keep sane through the current trials. If you have any questions, please take a moment and leave me a comment. I’ll get right back to you.

Stay safe, stay sane, grow succulents!

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This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Lazy K

    I love it! I have a dozen Egg Cup and kept wondering how I could use them for my succulents. And I have chickens & ducks who provide me with eggs. I’ll be using this idea!

    1. Kat McCarthy

      Hi K,
      Cool! I would LOVE it if you would share a photo or two! 🙂
      Stay safe!
      ~Kat

  2. Sherryl

    I just love this idea! Can’t wait to start my collection! I usually use my egg shells in my potting soil but now I’ll be keeping some to Plant! Thanks so much for the DYI!

    1. Kat McCarthy

      Hi Sheryl,
      Eggshells are a GREAT soil amendment. But this is a fun way to grow and root succulent cuttings. Perfect for gifting, and when you want to plant the succulents – just crush the eggshell and plant it in place! 🙂
      Thanks so much!
      ~Kat

  3. Elaine

    These are so adorable. I’m thinking of teaching my niece, who works in a preschool, how to do this for her class as a great project for a rainy day. I love your site and I thank you for all your wonderful information you share. Keep up the excellent website.

    1. Kat McCarthy

      Hi Elaine,
      Thanks so much!
      I think this would be a GREAT project to do with kids! Have an adult open and clean the shells. Then, the kids can plant up their cuttings. Maybe ask each child to see if they have succulents they can bring cuttings of, and have the teacher do so as well. If a child can bring cuttings – those go to other kids, so everyone has a chance to bring home a variety they don’t already have! 🙂
      Thanks so much for your kind encouragement, Elaine! 🙂
      Stay safe & plant succulents!
      ~Kat

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