Little Green Heroes

Egg Head Friends

Want to plant the seed of sustainability in your Little Green Heroes? Teach them the art of no-waste living with these cute planters that can be grown using your leftover egg shells. Easy to make and fun to decorate, these little friends are a great way to get your kids thinking creatively about what we throw away. Plus, they love it when it’s time to give their egg-heads a haircut!

The Little Green Lesson: Sustainability, no-waste, grow-your-own.


  • Eggshells with only the tops cut off
  • Soil, or lint from your dryer if you have one
  • Coloured markers for drawing
  • Seeds (chia, cress, rye grain, sprouts)
  • Water


  1. Think ahead when you’re cooking your Yallamundi eggs and only crack the tops off. This is often easiest with a butter knife when the eggs are boiled – dippy eggs and soldiers for breakfast, anyone?

  2. Rinse out the inside of the eggshells and let them dry.

  3. Next, use a permanent marker to draw some silly faces on the eggshells.

  4. Stand your eggshells in an egg carton and fill each shell 3/4 full with soil. You can also use the lint from a clothes dryer, if you have one (the seeds have enough nutrients within to sprout).

  5. Moisten the soil or lint with an eye-dropper of water.

  6. Sprinkle the seeds over the soil or link, and add another ½ cm layer of soil or lint over the top.

  7. Moisten the seeds with another few full droppers of water.

  8. Place your eggshells  in a light-filled spot (a kitchen windowsill is ideal) and keep the soil or lint moist.

  9. Now the hardest part – you have to wait! The seeds will begin to sprout after a few days.

  10. After a week, your eggshells will have grown into eggheads, with a nice full head of hair. The kids will be so excited to give it a trim!