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DIY Eggshell Succulent Garden

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Elly Keen

The long weekend is the perfect time to tackle a bit of DIY, so this Easter I’m bringing you a plant-loving project with this easy Eggshell Succulent Garden – great for beginners!

The Easter weekend is a perfect opportunity to take a scroll around the neighbourhood in search for succulent cuttings to make this Easter-themed Eggshell Succulent Garden.

This project shouldn’t cost you anything because we are recycling eggshells and the carton, as well as gathering succulent cuttings, soil and moss from the backyard!

How to make a DIY Eggshell Succulent Garden - Eclectic Creative

Succulents are particularly hardy plants, you stick a cutting in some soil and it is likely to grow.

Which is why, when I’m out and about on one of my foraging expeditions, I always love to gather a few succulent cuttings.

All these succulent cuttings were kindly donated from the neighbourhood or my own personal succulent collection.

If you do go on a hunt for some succulent cuttings, please ask first – no pinching, please!

Most of the time, people are happy for you to take a cutting or two from an outdoor succulent plant as they are fast-growing.

Try to look for plants that are well-established – it will surprise you how many you find when you’re looking!

 

 

How to make a DIY Eggshell Succulent Garden - Eclectic Creative

I love using eggshells for seedlings and cuttings because they are biodegradable.

Meaning you can plant the eggshells straight into the ground when the root system is well-established.

To do this, gently crush the eggshell and remove a few shards around the bottom area. Then, simply take the entire eggshell and stick it straight into ground or a larger pot.

The plant will continue to grow around the shell and over time, the eggshell will break down and give further nourishment for the soil.

An ingenious way of transplanting your new succulent babies without damaging their wee roots.

 

How to make a DIY Eggshell Succulent Garden - Eclectic Creative
Instructions to make Eggshell Succulent Garden

 

The materials you will need to make this DIY eggshell succulent garden are:

  • One egg carton
  • Half a dozen eggshells, halved and cleaned
  • A dozen succulent cuttings
  • Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Potting Mix
  • Moss

 

How to make a DIY Eggshell Succulent Garden - Eclectic Creative

“The long weekend is the perfect time to tackle a bit of DIY”

1. Begin by painting your egg carton – keeping with the Easter theme, I went for a pastel, mint shade.

 

How to make a DIY Eggshell Succulent Garden - Eclectic Creative

2. While you are waiting for the paint to dry, start by filling each eggshell with potting mix.

 

How to make a DIY Eggshell Succulent Garden - Eclectic Creative

3. Then, take some moss and place directly on top of the soil.

 

How to make a DIY Eggshell Succulent Garden - Eclectic Creative

4. Next, trim off any dead leaves and cut back the stems to the right length.

 

How to make a DIY Eggshell Succulent Garden - Eclectic Creative

5. Pierce a small hole into the middle of the moss using your scissors and place the succulent inside.

 

How to make a DIY Eggshell Succulent Garden - Eclectic Creative

6.  Repeat until you have filled all your eggshells.

How to make a DIY Eggshell Succulent Garden - Eclectic Creative

“I love using eggshells for seedlings and cuttings because they are biodegradable.”

How to make a DIY Eggshell Succulent Garden - Eclectic Creative

Finish off by giving your succulents a gentle misting – they won’t need too much water as the moss will help to keep the soil moist.

Place your eggshell succulents on a window sill or some other sunny area – if the cuttings are from outside succulents, they are going to like a lot of sun!

Happy Easter!

Elly xx

Elly Keen

Eclectic Creative Blog Contributor

 

Elly Keen realised her love for interior styling while decorating her rental gem in New Zealand’s coolest little capital, Wellington. This enjoyment for styling objects and spaces led to Keenie / DIY, a lifestyle blog where Elly regularly contributes clever DIY ideas and home decorating inspiration. Elly’s styling and photography has a deeply personal touch, reflecting her own home environment that is eclectic, warm and constantly evolving.
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