Easter is on the way — and, with it, a bunny who brings lots of eggs. While you need intact shells for dyeing or decorating eggs, you can use cracked shells leftover from everyday cooking for this eco-friendly project, which appeared in Martha Stewart Living in 1998. Next time you whip up an omelet or bake a cake, save your broken eggshells and transform them into miniature flowerpots. Young gardeners will have a blast watching the seeds sprout indoors. It's a reminder that spring is just around the corner.
- eggshell halves, rinsed well with water
- egg carton
- potting soil
- seeds: Fast-sprouting kinds are best — lettuces, wildflowers and most herbs, for example
- a sunny windowsill
- Gently arrange the eggshell halves in the egg carton.
- Spoon soil into the eggshells, filling each about halfway.
- Plant the seeds according to package instructions, topping each eggshell off with a small amount of soil.
- Place the open egg carton on a sunny windowsill and water regularly.
- When the weather is warm enough, the sprouted plants can be transplanted into a garden. Make sure the plants have grown at least three inches tall, and remove them from the eggshells before planting.