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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?
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Step 1: Things you will need...

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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!

Step 2: Eat the eggs!

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This is a tasty step, eat the eggs!

You will need the egg shells for the egg plants, and be careful not to break the egg shells too much!

Step 3: Clean the egg shells...

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Okay, after you had eaten the eggs for breakfast and have the egg shells remaining, clean the egg shells gently with water. Then let the egg shells air dry, if you hand dry it, you might break it...
If you don't clean the eggs, it might go moldy and kill the young plant.

Step 4: Make drain holes

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Make drain holes on the end of the egg shell to prevent the egg plant from being waterlogged.

Making drain holes can be very trick to do without breaking the egg shells, I used a drill to make the holes. You will have to be very gentle when drilling the egg shells...

You don't have to bother drilling the holes in the egg shells if you cannot do it successfully, you can just leave it undrilled, but make sure you don't waterlog the egg plants...
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Clanky6 years ago
Will hot glue decompose along with the egg shell?
ReCreate Clanky5 years ago
well,its sort of a plastic,Probably Eventually it will.
Hot Glue will not decompose, I believe that it goes through photodegradation, (breaking down into smaller & smaller particles that contaminate the soil and water), the same way plastic bags break down.   I
would also worry about animals accidentally thinking they are food and eating the "glue worms"

If you plan to move these nice little "egg plants" into the garden, I would suggest a wheat paste or flour and water mix to stick the beads on. They would be easier to remove and reuse.

If you make your own beads of coloured paper then the whole thing can go right into the ground....

Nice project in any case......

thanks for the eco- friendly ideas!
would a gluestick be unsafe?
A Kid safe, non-toxic one would be fine I suppose.

Plasmana (author)  Clanky6 years ago
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*
xnoctournal4 years ago
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 =)
mrs_gberg3 years ago
We have an "egg punch" 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...
Sunny1246134 years ago
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?
Plasmana (author)  Sunny1246134 years ago
I never used an ostrich egg, I don't see why not use it.. :)
OK! I wonder where I will get that...
cogni5 years ago
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.
ANTQNUT5 years ago
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
jackilyn1576 years ago
this is going to save me money on peat pots this year. Also a great Easter project. Thanks!
seaseal6 years ago
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!
benin6 years ago
great idea... very scientific and beautiful....
Plasmana (author)  benin6 years ago
Haha!, Thanks!
wonderful idea!
Plasmana (author)  mouthwashninja6 years ago
Thank you!
you could use a hair dryer on a low setting.
Plasmana (author)  mouthwashninja6 years ago
solmstea6 years ago
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Plasmana (author)  solmstea6 years ago
Wow, the eggling thing is cool!
Yes, it's very cool, though this would be a significantly cheaper alternative!
Plasmana (author)  solmstea6 years ago
solmstea6 years ago
Whoops...What I meant to say:
Very cool, but I wonder how well the plants grow in such a small container? Were you inspired by the ceramic egg that you break open and basil or something grows out of it?
gilbass26 years ago
fun project but not Faberge' quality.
santy226 years ago
going to do this!
Plasmana (author)  santy226 years ago
Okay, good luck!
hello26 years ago
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
Plasmana (author)  LdyRavenvrmor6 years ago
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!
JellyWoo6 years ago
hi plas! great job. very creative.
Plasmana (author)  JellyWoo6 years ago
canida6 years ago
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?
Plasmana (author)  canida6 years ago
Okay, I fixed that problem, I also made more egg plants. How do you like it?

And sorry for some blurry pictures, my camera is having a bad blurry day... :(
Plasmana (author)  canida6 years ago
Yeah, they are kind of bit distracting, I am going to remake them when I return from Netherlands...
(I am in Netherlands right now!)
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