How to Make Use of Eggshells

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Recycling is more than separating the plastic from the cans and paper goods. It's about a whole new way of looking at consumerism, including finding ways to reuse and repurpose as many things as you can. Eggshells don't sound like something you could recycle or repurpose, but there are a lot of really easy and practical uses for eggshells as well as a couple that are fun crafts for kids and adults alike.

Things You'll Need

  • Egg carton
  • Needle
  • Start your seedlings in egg shells. After you crack your eggshells, rinse them out well with clear water. Set them into an old egg carton. When you have a carton full of shells, poke a tiny hole for drainage in the bottom. Add dirt to each shell, and plant one or two seeds in each one. When the seedlings are big enough to set outside, crack the shell a bit at the bottom and plant them, shell and all. The egg shell is a perfect starter pot that is biodegradable.

  • Get your daily intake of calcium by eating egg shells. The shell must be ground finely. An average person would eat about half of a ground-up eggshell a day.

  • Crush eggshells into a fine powder by drying them in a 250-degree over for 30 minutes. Put them in a plastic zipper bag, seal it and roll over it with a rolling pin until the eggshells are ground up finely. Put this into your dog's food as a great calcium supplement to help its bones and teeth.

  • Use ground-up egg shells in the garden around your plants to make them strong and healthy. You can also add the shells to a whole lot of other things in your compost heap and use that in all of your vegetable gardens.

  • Hide things in eggshells. Put a small (about 1/4 inch) hole at one end and a bit larger hole in the other end of the eggshell. Blow through the small hole to force the egg out through the larger hole. Wash the eggshell thoroughly with warm water, and let it air dry. Enlarge the opening a little to add confetti so that eggs can be broken over someone's head as a practical joke that leaves no mess.

  • Open the hole in the shell a little larger, and hide money in it for Easter Day fortunes. Or you can put in tiny treasure maps for children's parties.

Tips & Warnings

  • Let the eggs cool and dry out completely to make it easier to smash the eggshells.
  • Don't use too much air pressure when blowing an egg through the shell or you will break the shell. Slow and steady is the best way to do this.
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