Do you like gardening and love to eat eggs? Well, heres a instructable you might like, make an egg plant!
(No, I am not talking about that vegetable.)

When you do gardening, why buy a lot of plastic pots to germinate and grow young plants and throw them out when unwanted? That is not very green, plastic pots take ever so long time to decompose. Instead, you can use egg shells, they will decompose, you can easily get them right from your kitchen (If you have any eggs), and the egg shells are full of nutrition, it will make young plants grow healthy and strong.

So, why not use egg shells?

Step 1: Things you will need...

Making egg plants are easy, and not much things is needed!
  • Eggs
  • Seeds
  • Soil or even better, compost (I used compost that is just sitting in my garden.)

If you like, you can decorate your egg plants...
  • Beads
  • Waterproof markers
  • Paint
  • Or any thing you think it will suit your egg plants!
Will hot glue decompose along with the egg shell?
well,its sort of a plastic,Probably Eventually it will.
Hot Glue will not decompose, I&nbsp;believe that&nbsp;it goes through&nbsp;photodegradation, (breaking down into smaller&nbsp;&amp; smaller&nbsp;particles that contaminate&nbsp;the soil and water), the same way plastic bags break down.&nbsp;&nbsp; I<br /> &nbsp;<br /> would also worry about animals accidentally thinking they are food and eating the &quot;glue worms&quot;<br /> <br /> If you plan to move these nice little &quot;egg plants&quot; into the garden, I&nbsp;would suggest a wheat paste or flour and water mix to stick the beads on. They would be easier to remove and reuse.<br /> <br /> If you make your own beads of coloured paper then the whole thing can go right into the ground....<br /> <br /> Nice project in any case......<br /> <br /> Cheers
thanks for the eco- friendly ideas! <br>would a gluestick be unsafe?
A Kid safe, non-toxic one would be fine I suppose.<br> <br> Cheers
I don't know, I guess I will find out soon!
couldn't you of used a needle? or are those too small
yes you can use a needle....*2 years after you posted your question*
me and my little sister just made one each :] mines eggfurd and hers is helga. we put them outside by the front door they are so cute.
Awww, thats an awesome idea =)
We have an &quot;egg punch&quot; I bought at Cost Plus, and we use it to punch an air hole into eggs before hard-boiling them. I would imagine that such a gizmo could be used to punch a few holes into the end of each egg BEFORE breaking them open, and could make this step a little less nerve-racking...
Wow! This is great! I can't wait until my next omelet.... Also, if the egg cracks (because fast growing plants...) Would we be able to use a stronger bigger shell, like an ostrich egg?
I never used an ostrich egg, I don't see why not use it.. :)
OK! I wonder where I will get that...
I found I could make little holes easily without a drill. I straightened a paperclip and punched the holes from the inside of each shell, gently poking the wire through the shell on an old cloth placemat. The mat under the shells helped keep the shell steady and absorbed the force of the paperclip so the shell didn't break. Experiment a little to get the right amount of force. I found it better to remove the inner membrane of the shell to make a cleaner punch. I suppose that membrane is food for the seedling; if so you can mix it into your compost.
This is a Great idea! my only worry is that the plants roots will soon out grow the shell and then you would end up buying plastic pots anyways! but still a really great project!!! :P
this is going to save me money on peat pots this year. Also a great Easter project. Thanks!
This is a great idea for several reasons. Planting small plants instead of seeds speeds up the whole process and is helpful for people with short growing seasons or for those who wish two crops per season. Also, it's something kids can do for a project. I love that. I'm going to make some to sell at our Farmers Market!
great idea... very scientific and beautiful....
Haha!, Thanks!
wonderful idea!
Thank you!
you could use a hair dryer on a low setting.
Whoops...What I meant to say:<br/>Very cool, but I wonder how well the plants grow in such a small container? Were you inspired by the <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.eggling.com/eggling/index.htm">ceramic egg that you break open and basil or something grows out of it</a>? <br/>
fun project but not Faberge' quality.
going to do this!
Okay, good luck!
Great instructable! I am going to do this!
very cute idea hon. Good project for kids. And I like the play on words too. Like my deviled egg. Good luck too!! The Lady Ravenvrmor
Thanks, and I really like your decorated eggs! I bet you are going to win the first prize with all of those amazing eggs you had decorated!
hi plas! great job. very creative.
Neat idea! The ragged edge does detract a bit; perhaps either cutting the egg open carefully or covering the edge with hotglue and decoration would solve that problem?
Okay, I fixed that problem, I also made more egg plants. How do you like it? <br/><br/><sup>And sorry for some blurry pictures, my camera is having a bad blurry day...</sup> :(<br/>
Yeah, they <em>are</em> kind of bit distracting, I am going to remake them when I return from Netherlands... <br/>(I am in Netherlands right now!)<br/>
Cool !
brillant, good luck your egg is awesome
Thanks!<br/> <sup>do you mind rating it? Please?</sup><br/>
Well done... think some bird seed may be useful too... can put it in the bird's cage and they get the benefit of greens to munch that have grown and the shell is good for them too... but not with toxic paint or beads. Just an idea. Cheers Lisa
hahahahahahahah, yours is now the only entry!
This is a great idea :) I love that the container becomes part of the nourishment. I'm going to try to start all my seeds next year in half egg shells, thanks so much for the tutorial!
Thank you and good luck!
better idea :<br/>do <em>not</em> decorate the shell, just make a stand for it, then bury egg and all when ready. egg shells are slug repellent.<br/>
Yeah, I thought of that idea, but this is an egg decorating contest, I think I might add in that idea...
Very creative. Good idea, and very clever title.
Thank you!
Nice, but where are the eggplant seeds!
Oops! I forgot!
i see it as a great idea... though i personally wouldnt put beads on it so that i can straight away put the plant/shell into the ground. and making a stand that is easily detachable would be a nice idea too great instuctable...

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