Set Your Easter Table

Force flower bulbs in eggshells for a beautiful and garden-centric centerpiece.
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Sit the bulb on top of the gravel. Add a bit of soil to help anchor the bulb and dress the eggshell with moss to help maintain moisture. Gently water your eggshell garden and place it in a sunny spot.

Sit the bulb on top of the gravel. Add a bit of soil to help anchor the bulb and dress the eggshell with moss to help maintain moisture. Gently water your eggshell garden and place it in a sunny spot.

Over the years, I have seen many wonderful things done with recycled eggshells. I thought that forcing some bulbs in eggshells from my chickens would be a fun and easy craft.  It is just in time for Easter and would make a wonderful natural centerpiece for the table or a lovely addition to a sunny windowsill.

The process of forcing bulbs is simple and very rewarding.  The best part is that when these bulbs are done blooming, you can plant them in the ground just the way they are.  The eggshells will break down and nourish the surrounding plants and the bulbs will return next spring with beautiful blooms.

Supplies:

  • A clean egg carton
  • Small flowering bulbs such as grape hyancinth, miniature daffodils ('Tete-a-Tete') and crocus
  • Eggs
  • Small gravel such as the kind used in terrariums or aquarium stones
  • Moss
  • Potting soil

Follow the simple directions in this gallery to create your own Easter centerpiece:

How to Grow Flowers in Eggshells

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An Elegant, Easy Centerpiece

Two garden delights: backyard chicken eggshells and spring bulbs come together in this clever craft project that allows flower bulbs to be forced in eggshells.

Get Your Eggs Ready!

Begin by gently tapping the top side of the eggshell and removing the top quarter portion of the eggshell. Save the eggs to make a quiche or frittata for dinner. Rinse the eggshells out with warm water and dry carefully with a paper towel. Place the empty shells into the egg carton for safe keeping as you are working.

Spring Bulbs Sprout from Eggshells

Ordinary eggs from your backyard chickens or grocery story become containers for spring bulbs.

Add Gravel to Eggshells

Add a small amount of gravel to the bottom of each eggshell.

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Sit the bulb on top of the gravel. Add a bit of soil to help anchor the bulb and dress the eggshell with moss to help maintain moisture. Gently water your eggshell garden and place it in a sunny spot.

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