By Jane Milliman
By midsummer, if you have any hen and chicks in your garden, they’re probably crawling all over the place. Ditto for creeping sedum. And, of course, you can also find sedum and other succulents at Lowe’s. Bottom line: You should have no trouble finding materials for this project.
First, assemble your materials. You need eggs and an egg carton, potting soil, plants, gravel and/or sand, a container for display, a spoon, and a small paintbrush.
Next, carefully crack the eggs and remove the top third of the shells, setting aside the contents for an omelet. Wash the eggshells in warm, soapy water, and let the outsides dry. With empty eggshells resting in their carton, fill them up about halfway with loose, pre-moistened potting soil. A spoon works well as a scoop.
Pick up a clump of succulents and carefully tease apart enough pieces to fill the little eggshell pots.
Gently place the succulent fragments in the shells, adding more potting mix as necessary. You can use the little paintbrush to remove any soil that sticks to the outsides.
Pour sand, gravel, or a combination of the two into the display container, and carefully arrange the planted eggshells as desired. Place the display where it receives bright indirect light or part sun. Full sun requires diligent watering, as the small pots can dry out quickly.
Good to Know: This is a great project to do with older kids who have the manual dexterity to handle it. But even the little ones should be delighted with the results.