Spring is here and Easter is on its way… I am joining the fun of dyeing some colorful Easter Eggs this year. Making them into Easter Egg Planters that are full of green wheat grasses.
The Easter Egg Planters are easy to make and the wheat grasses only need 5-7 days to grow from seeds to their full height. When the wheat grasses turn old and yellow, simply trim them off near to the soil and let them re-grow again. You can even harvest the green wheatgrass and mix it in you fresh fruits with blender or fruits juicer.
I love to place these little Easter Egg Planters by the windowsill that helps enlighten up my dull and boring windows. So colorful to make my day happy to wake up with. However, daily care needed by watering (only wetting the soil) them 2-3 times a day and a windowsill with about 4-5 hours of soft sunlight.
Not only the colorful eggshells and green wheat grasses brighten up my day if I am lucky enough, but there are also some beautiful dew drops build-up at the tips of the wheat grasses in the morning. If you have read my previous post, I even took some Shamrock Bokeh Lights photography from the reflections of the dewdrops too.
I made these Easter Egg Planters before my Hong Kong Disneyland trip and time flies, today is my last night here in this heavenly place that I would want to stay longer. I bet when I am back home, the wheat grasses could have grown into another round of new shoots, thanks to my hubby who stays at home after work taking care of my son and these few little cuties.
Till then, please get the details on the second page. More Easter Crafts in videos when I am back home.
DIY Easter Egg Planters
Tools & Materials:
Planting Wheat Grass
1. Wheat Grass Seeds
2. Organic Soil
3. Egg Crate
4. Gardening Scissor or Kitchen Shears
Prepare Egg Shell Planter
1. Egg Shells in halve
2. Food Colors (various colors)
4. Freezer Paper or you can reuse the sticker paper backing
5. Painter’s tape or Electrical Black Tape
6. Scrap Booking Puncher of your favorite shape
Wheatgrass should be able to last around 1 week with proper care, you can cut the grass and let it grow again. If you prefer to have something that last longer, small herbs plants like rosemary and thyme could be a better choice.
When watering the planters, wetting the soil is all you need and don’t wet the external eggshell, the dye will get discolored. Do not flood the soil with too much water.
Plant some wheat grasses in the egg crate 5 – 7 days before making an Easter egg planter. Let them grow by the windowsill with a few hours of sunlight exposure.
While waiting for the wheatgrass to grow into full size, prepare the eggshell.
Make a stencil sticker by sticking a length of painter’s tape or electrical black tape on the shiny side of freezer paper.
Use your favorite puncher to punch the shape you like.
Peel off the freezer paper backing from the sticker and attach it to the halve eggshell.
Use your finger to run through the edges to make sure they stick well on the eggshell.
If you find the freezer paper is difficult to peel off, heat it with a warm hairdryer.
Prepare dye by adding around 10-20 drops of food color to 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar, add 1/4 cup of warm water and stir. You can try a different proportion to get shades of tone.
Dip the eggshell into the dye solution, you may leave it a little longer to achieve a darker color.
Take it out and place it on a pinboard or anywhere that it can stand uninterruptedly for drying for about 15 – 30 minutes. Click here to see how Martha Stewart makes a cool “egg drying pinboard”.
When the eggshell is dry, peel off the sticker gently.
Continue the project when the wheatgrass is ready.
Cut the egg crate to separate out the wheat grasses. Trim access egg crate so that it can get into the eggshell.
Put the wheatgrass into the eggshell.
You may need to squeeze the egg crate a little so that it fits into the eggshell.
Water and care as usual and it will last at least 7 days. Trim the wheatgrass and let it grow again when it turns old.
Happy Easter Day and have fun!!!!