Save Those Shells

Eggshells are valued in our home for a variety of uses of crafting for gardening. Wasting their eggshells is a waste! Instead of sending your valuable egg shells for the landfill, try some of these ideas.

To store the egg shells for later use, wash them and set them out on a towel to dry for a few hours. Once they are dry, Crumble them into pieces and store them in an empty container in the fridge. I like to use a large plastic yogurt container. Get them for use when necessary.

In the garden, broken egg shells act as a natural slug and snail repellent. Sprinkle them around your plants to form a barrier that the slugs you will not cross. You can also add crushed eggshells into your compost bin or worm. It will add valuable calcium to the soil and plants.

Eggshells are also excellent calcium supplements for pets. Many dogs like to eat eggshells. If they receive any, they must be raw, fresh and wet so they are still a little soft. If they are cooked or dry, powder them using a mortar and pestle and add them to your pet’s food. This is especially good for older pets who are losing bone density.

Eggshell pieces of dyed Easter eggs are great to use for crafts. Children can use them to create colorful mosaics on paper using some white glue and pieces of eggshell colored as the medium.

Egg shells can be profitable. Use a fan to blow their eggs egg. Wash the shells and let them dry for several days. These whole shells can be used for a variety of crafts, such as engraving, painted or decorated eggs, or pysanky. These beautiful eggs may be sold or given as gifts or transformed into Christmas tree ornaments.

If you choose to do the entire egg shells, but you don’t want to use them for crafts, you can sell the empty shells. Many artisans are interested in buying eggs for their handblown craft projects. I saw several people selling online in boxes of eggs by the dozen.