There are so many ways to celebrate spring, especially with kids in tow. Pull on your galoshes and splash around after a rain, go on a scavenger hunt at your local park, and just enjoy the fresh air that comes with this new season! When the weather warms up and the flowers start to bloom, it's the perfect time to bring some of the beauty and vibrancy of springtime indoors. Start with a fun, hands-on activity that gets your kids involved in those spring gardening projects: speckled eggshell planters!
DIY eggshell planters
For a fun afternoon activity during the warmer months, the kids and I love making planters out of eggshells. According to my son (who usually can't sit still), it's a really relaxing activity that's great for play dates, birthday parties, Easter, and any other occasion you can think of. We splatter-painted the eggshells the day before we planted them so that they were dry and ready to be handled when filling and finishing them the next day. They turned out so festive and add a pop of happy, bright color to our windowsill!
- Nellie's Free Range Eggs
- Acrylic paint
- Paint brushes
- Mini cups (disposable or whatever you use for crafting)
- Paper towels or newspaper
- Organic potting soil
- Spoons and bowls (disposable or whatever you use for crafting)
- Small fresh potted flowers
- Empty Nellie's egg carton to display planters
- Cover a flat surface with paper towels or newspaper to arrange your eggs. I recommend doing this process outside as it can get messy!
- Gently tap the top of each egg against a hard surface until it has started to crack. Carefully remove pieces of shell from the very top of the egg, leaving about three quarters of the remaining shell intact. Pour out the yolks and whites, then wash and fully dry the empty shells (adults can do this step ahead of time).
- Fill up your mini cups with paint in the colors of your choice.
- Using a brush, start splattering paint by tapping your paint brush with your index finger. Let the shells dry completely.
Time for the kids to fill their planters!
- Fill up mini cups or bowls with potting soil and let the kids use spoons to carefully add soil to each egg.
- Gently remove small potted flowers from their soil, keeping the roots intact. Transfer the flowers to the eggshell planters.
This activity is not only loads of fun for the whole family, but it makes for a festive and decorative display for your kitchen or windowsill, too. These little planters will definitely brighten up any corner of your house!
I hope you enjoyed this spring crafting idea, my friends! Happy planting!
Did you create your own speckled eggshell planters? Tag your photos with #nelliesfreerange so we can see! Or click here to see our other fun afternoon activites you can enjoy with the kids. And don't forget to check out Twinkle Twinkle Little Party for more inspiration.