It’s the perfect time of year to start growing seeds indoors and to get a jump start on your summer gardening. While plant starts are generally several dollars per plant, a whole packet of seeds is usually less than a dollar—I found the ones I used for 20 cents each. So start your own seeds now and save! An empty egg shell makes the perfect container to start them growing. Once you’re ready to transplant your seedlings outside, just keep them in their shells and they’ll provide nutrients for your growing plant—built-in fertilizing!

Materials Needed

  • Empty egg shells
  • Egg carton
  • Potting soil
  • Seeds


  1. Crack your eggs near the top to save about ¾ of the shell. Save those eggs and cook them up for breakfast.
  2. Wash out your shells.
  3. To keep track of what seeds you have planted, pencil the names on the bottom of each shell.
  4. Fill each shell about 2/3 full.
  5. Plant your seeds and cover with more soil.
  6. Water your egg-carton garden and watch your seeds sprout.
  7. Once you’re ready to transplant your starts outside, keep the shell on your plant but crush the shell so that the roots can grow though. The nutrients in the shell will feed your plant as it grows.

DIY Eggshell Seed Starters