an herb garden in a box is my fave (guest post from randi)

May 24, 2012

I had a baby so I’ve invited some fave guests to take over for me while I spend time with the little guy. Today’s post is from Randi of Swoon.


Spring has always been my favorite season for lots of obvious reasons. Flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and the days are getting longer. If you’re as nerdy about Spring as I am, why not spread the love with this simple gift? It’s perfect for neighbors and teachers too.

Picnik collage

All you need is a half carton of eggs, a few seed packets, some soil, and a label (download my label below). I recently learned that if you sprout your seeds in an eggshell with a little bit of soil, you can plant the whole thing when it’s ready, eggshell and all!

Here’s how to make your own herb garden in a box: Carefully crack each of your six eggs near the top and discard the top of the shell. Set the eggs aside for some serious omelet making. Gently wash the eggshells with soap and water and let dry. Once dry, use a needle to poke a few holes in the bottom of each eggshell. It’s not as hard as it sounds! The best method is to “screw” the needle in until it pokes a hole in the shell.


Place your eggshells, right side up in the carton and fill with a little bit of potting soil. Pick a few seed packets designed for transplanting and put in an envelope or drawstring bag. Put your seeds in the top of the carton and carefully close. Put your label on top and tie with pretty ribbon or a fabric scrap.


Now download the label here and get making.

Happy spring!

See more awesome from Randi on Swoon


  • On May 24, 2012 , Johanna said:

    I love this idea! It’s a perfect house warming gift or for someone who loves cooking!

  • On May 24, 2012 , Christi said:

    What a great idea! I love that you can plant the entire eggshell. And the label + ribbon is so cute!

  • On May 24, 2012 , Erica said:

    Such a sweet gift idea for a budding gardener!

    I love fresh herbs. I’ve got basil, oregano, rosemary and lavender in my yard right now.

  • On May 24, 2012 , Tara said:

    This is such a simple and sweet idea! I want to make a few, and maybe keep one for myself 🙂

  • On May 24, 2012 , Lexy @ The Proper Pinwheel said:

    I love everything about this. The pictures are so pretty! I want to make one with my mother-in-law this weekend!

  • On May 24, 2012 , Elizabeth said:

    This is such a good idea. I would be stoked to get this as a pressie. Well done.

  • On May 24, 2012 , Nada said:

    Adorable! These would be perfect for my Sunday school class to give for Mothers day next year!

  • On May 24, 2012 , Marie said:

    What a cute and resourceful idea! Love it! 🙂

  • On May 25, 2012 , Inspire Me Heather said:

    What a lovely gift – and a wonderful idea!

  • On May 25, 2012 , Vanessa said:

    I love this idea!!

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    I absolutely LOVE this idea! Would be great for a small apartment kitchen as well!

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