The incredible edible egg can be used for a multitude of purposes other than consumption. Eggshells can range from decorations, to household uses, to fertilization and garden aids. Here are nine unique uses for eggshells.
By poking two small holes, one in the top, and one in the bottom of the egg, you can blow out the yolk gently leaving the eggshell in tact. Allow the egg to dry thoroughly. Once dry, you can use the eggs as unique decorations in baskets or wreaths around the house. You can also use glitter or paint to make Christmas decorations or Easter eggs by attaching a ribbon on top to hang them.
By crushing eggshells you can pour them into tight spaces like flasks, thermoses, or vases. Throw them in the oven for a few minutes. By shaking them around you will clean any residue without the use of harsh chemicals.
Eggshells are mainly calcium and magnesium, which are excellent compost sources. An advantage to using this all-natural fertilizer is that it discourages slugs from getting into your garden because they can’t move over the broken shells.
To keep straight rows in your garden, use eggs in your seed mixture so you can see where the seeds are laid.
When planting seeds, mix crushed eggshells in your mixture. The assortment of shells and seeds will discourage birds and other small animals from eating your seeds.
You can use an eggshell as a funnel in the kitchen. By cracking the top off your egg, you can pour liquids into your shell. Poke a hole in the bottom and the eggshell will filter out everything but the liquid.
Paint an entire eggshell in different colors. Crush the eggshell in a paper bag and you will be left with different colored eggshells. Create a mosaic or use the eggshells as glitter. Paint over with clear acrylic or glue that dries clear and you will be left with a colorful masterpiece.
For school age children, a neat project is to use a half eggshell as a planter. Put a little soil into the shell and plant a seed. The shell serves as a mini planter.
If you are out of steel wool, grind up an eggshell and scrub them over pots and pans. The eggshells will clean off any residue. This is a good alternative while you are camping also. You don’t need harsh chemicals and eggshells are all natural for the environment.