Easter is around the corner and I don’t know about you but boy do I need to celebrate. Something, ANYTHING. There’s such a long and dreary stretch after the joy of end-of-year celebrations, Easter and the arrival of spring feel like a lifesaver. To celebrate in sustainable style, I’m sharing an easy Easter egg decoration idea: mini microgreen planters!
These easter egg planters are not only a pretty addition to your spring tablescape, but they’re also delicious!! Yes, I’m asking you to eat your DIY… By planting edible seeds, like mustard, radishes, or rocket, you can grow healthy and flavorful sprouts in a matter of days, all for your guest to enjoy. Place the easter egg planters next to each plate with a pair of scissors so that everyone can sprinkle mini edibles on their food!
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For this Easter Egg Decoration, you’ll need…
Step 1: Paint the eggshells
Ideally, you broke open your eggs while cooking by taking off a small top portion. If you’re not a huge egg eater, take the opportunity to make crepes!
To start off, make sure the eggshells are clean. Boil them in water for a few minutes. Don’t skip this step!! Uncooked eggs and eggshells can be contaminated by salmonella. Bringing the eggshells to a boil will kill off any bacteria.
Paint your eggshells in light pastel shades that suit your spring tablescape. If you intend to eat the microgreens, choose a food-safe coloring to dye the eggshells rather than paint!
Step 2: Fill the egg planters
Once the paint on your eggshells is dry, place the eggs back in their cardboard box. That’s not necessary but it’s convenient for the next steps. If you’ve already recycled your egg carton, just nestle the eggshells on a plate with a dishcloth propping them up.
First, fill your eggshells with potting soil. Go slowly so you don’t end up dropping most of the soil on the table, like me… You can use a spoon if you need it!
Next, moisten the soil with water. It should be wet but not completely soggy.
Then, open your seed packet and sprinkle the seeds on top of the soil. Use more seeds than you would normally when you’re growing plants to their full size. Since microgreens are eaten while they’re still tiny, the seeds need to be sown at a higher density so the sprouts look full and bushy.
Leave your seeds to grow in a warm place, near a sunny window. They should sprout fast, although the actual time depends on what type of seed you’re sowing. Rocket seeds tend to sprout in a couple of days and you’ll have microgreens ready within a week.
Step 3: Coil the metal planter stand
Once your microgreens are ready, cut as many lengths of metal wire as you have eggs. You can pick a metal wire that compliments your cutlery or a specific decor accent on your table. I went for copper because it’s always an elegant choice that blends in well. Loosely coil the wire to shape a stand for each egg. Let your creativity flow and make different shapes and different heights to add variation!
And voila! Your microgreen Easter eggs are ready to set on the table. As a bonus, you could write the name or initial of your guests on each egg to use as an edible place setting!