DIY Succulent Garden in Egg Carton

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Image via Dagmar Bleasdale

Do you decorate for Easter? Do you like to make unique tablescapes? Do you like to upcycle items?

If your answer to one or all of these questions is yes, then this miniature succulent garden in an egg carton is for you!

This little garden is not just a conversation starter around Easter, it's also a lovely way to add some green to your home all year long. Additionally, it's the perfect Spring project to involve your children in, because it fosters responsibility and a love of nature. 

You will need these supplies:

  • 2 cups of dirt (or potting soil)
  • 1 egg carton
  • 6 egg shells
  • 1 cup of moss (I got mine from our front yard for free)
  • 1 cup of gravel
  • succulents (about 8)

Succulent Garden Tutorial:


  1. Cut the egg carton in half, like I did, or you could use the whole carton.
  2. Break the eggs and use them (omelet, anyone?) or refrigerate them again, putting aside and saving the egg shells. I had to break 7 eggs to get 6 egg shells that looked good and were tall enough for the project, so make sure you have more than 6 eggs on hand to allow for some error. Tip: If you're not a fan of ragged edges, you can use scissors to cut the egg shells and make a clean edge. 
  3. Wash the egg shells and place them into the egg carton.
  4. Add a little bit of gravel to the bottom of every egg shell.
  5. Now add the succulents and fill in the extra space with potting soil, leaving some space for moss. The moss will also help keep the succulents in place.
  6. Water your succulent garden with a little medicine dropper. Succulents don't need much water, so don't drench them.

You have to be a little patient to make this DIY project because of the small scale of everything and the fragility of the egg shells, but the end result is so worth it, don't you think?

This is a great project to involve the kids. It does take a little bit of skill to get the soil and moss into the egg shells, but they could help you with the majority of project otherwise. You can allow them to:

  • Decide which succulents to purchase
  • Hunt for moss in your yard
  • Make decisions as to where each succulent should be placed in the garden
  • Place the gravel into the egg shells
  • Water the garden

By involving your children in the process they will be interested in checking on it and caring for it over the long term. Here is one more idea for displaying your little egg shell planters


Where will you display your miniature succulent garden?

{Post inspired by this pin.}

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DIY Succulent Garden in Egg Carton

Dagmar tackles motherhood, thrifty home decorating, DIY projects, and green and frugal living on her lifestyle blog Dagmar's Home. She loves finding treasures in thrift stores and sells her handmade candles on Dagmar's Home Decor. Connect with her on Twitter (26,000 followers), Facebook, and Pinterest. ... More

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