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Upcycled Easter Egg Planters

Recycle your old plastic eggs into these fun and functional planters. #reduce #reuse #recycle #upcycle

Easter is almost upon us! Honey glazed hams, fresh asparagus, and deviled eggs are gracing tables across the country. Kids are excitedly listening to the Easter Story and anxiously waiting to run outside and search for egg-tastic treasures. After they've found all the colorful plastic eggs you've hidden throughout the yard, you're left with a pile of empty plastic egg shells. What to do?

Save, Recycle, or Trash leftover Plastic Eggs

Well, you could clean them up and save them for next year, but who has storage space for cheap, plastic eggs? Not me. Can't you just put them in your recycling bin? After all, recycling is good for the environment.

Plastic Easter Eggs Are Not Recyclable

The short answer is: No, you can't put plastic Easter eggs in your recycling bin.

More specifically, any plastic that does not have a recycle number on it should not be placed into your recycling bin. There are very specific rules when it comes to recycling plastic. Your local recycling agency would be glad to answer any questions you may have about what is and is not recyclable. 

Save Them For Next Year?

Since recycling is out of the question, another viable option is to save them for next year, but really who wants 100 of these little things lying about when they only come out once a year. Not me. 

My storage space is reserved for sentimental baby clothes, hand-me-down items, and trinkets that belong to Maverick and I. There's not much room for extras. So, no, I don't intend to save our plastic eggs for next year.

Upcycling Plastic Egg Crafts

I've scoured Pinterest for way longer than I should have. (Sorry Maverick 😜 folding the laundry will have to wait.) There are some really fun ideas to re-purpose those colorful plastic eggs. 

The kids and I decided to turn a few of ours into these cute miniature planters. They are perfect for succulents and spikey air plants. Plus, they are super easy to make.

Mini Plastic Egg Planters

Upcycle your plastic Easter eggs into these adorable miniature planters perfect for succulents and air plants.

Recycle your old plastic eggs into these fun and functional planters. #reduce #reuse #recycle #upcycle
Total time:


  1. Plug in your glue gun. It takes 3-5 minutes to warm up.
  2. Cut the tab that holds the egg halves together. 
  3. Place the long half on the table (open side down)
  4. Carefully glue the short half on top of the long one (open side up) 
  5. After the glue has hardened, color the top with the metallic paint markers.
  6. Insert your plant & enjoy!
Recycle your old plastic eggs into these fun and functional planters. #reduce #reuse #recycle #upcycleRecycle your old plastic eggs into these fun and functional planters. #reduce #reuse #recycle #upcycleRecycle your old plastic eggs into these fun and functional planters. #reduce #reuse #recycle #upcycle

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Recycle your old plastic eggs into these fun and functional planters. #reduce #reuse #recycle #upcycle

Little Miss picked out the pink planter and Little Man the blue. They each picked an air plant from this variety pack →HERE and placed them on their dresser.

Why Air Plants?

What are Tillandsia?

Tillandsia is the scientific name for air plants. Air plants are spikey or hairy little plants that thrive on air. Go figure! In the wild, they hang off tree branches and telephone lines while they grow.

Air plants have two very unique characteristics. The first is their complete lack of dirt dependence. They don't need it, and they don't want it. Which is great if your a mom with two explorative younglings wandering about your home looking for their next "experiment". No more worrying about beautiful potted plants being spilled all over the floor and made into mud pies!

The second fascinating characteristic is how they obtain nutrients. Tillandsia have very laid back watering and fertilizing routines. They live off what they find in the atmosphere surrounding them, though they do enjoy an occasional bath- but we'll get to that in a minute.

Another great feature of tillandia is the huge variety of shapes and colors you can find. Getting a variety pack is a great way to get a number of different air plants to style your home.

Air Plants: Natures Filter

Leeching their nutrition from the air and humidity surrounding them makes air plants a perfect choice for indoor use. They take the dust and pollutants out of the air and leave you with fresh and fully oxygenated breathing space. Pretty great, huh?

Keeping plants indoors is a proven way to detox a room. They breath in all the airborne chemicals and breath out pure, clean oxygen. Having clean air in your home is very beneficial to you and your family's health. You'll all sleep better- and all the moms in the room rejoiced. 😉

Allergy sufferers don't write off indoor vegetation just yet. While I am not suggesting you bring pollen factories inside (or plants you are very much allergic too- I'm looking at you Kentucky Blue Grass), having a few natural air filters will help lessen your indoor allergens. Less dust = fewer stuffy noses!

Spiky green air plants easy to grow fun for the whole family

Tillandsia Care

Keeping indoor plants alive can be a real deal breaker. Thankfully, air plants are a low maintenance and resilient bunch. They are well adapted to an indoor environment.

If you don't have a nice sunny window to place your potted plants- forget it. However, many green plants survive and even thrive in a barely lit window. Tillandsia are one of these shady plants. As long as they are withing 5 feet of a window or light source, your air plants will get plenty of sunlight to grow.

Keeping your air plants hydrated is another simple task. They enjoy a humid environment- think bathroom or kitchen. If your chosen room isn't humid never fear, keeping your tillandsia hydrated is easy. A little misting bottle and an occasional bath are all they'll need.

Hold it! Bath? You read right. Air plants enjoy a nice 10 minute soak, too. Simply fill a bowl with water (not too hot or cold) and drop your plants in. After the 10 minutes are up, shake off the extra water and put them back. They should be perky and dry within 4 hours. Try do to this every week.

Now that your plants are growing nicely, it's time to talk about plant babies. When air plants reach the end of their life cycle, they make pup, baby plants. These pups form at the base of the plant like a strange off shoot. Once the pup has reached half the size of the mother, it is safe to separate them by holding each plant at their base and giving a gentle downward twist. Ta-da! Now you have two beautiful tillandsia plants.

Other Fun Plastic Egg Ideas

We had some extra plastic eggs, so here are a few more ideas for upcycling them. 

DIY Resurrection Gardens

In our home, Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Christ. It seemed fitting to turn some of our eggs into a miniature resurrection garden. A big dirt mess later and there they are. 

Starting with the leftover dirt from our garden seed starting, we mounded the dirt into a hill with an Easter egg half inside for the tomb. 

Next, we went on a scavenger hunt for moss and some stones. Our yard is a mossy paradise, so finding that wasn't difficult. You can also purchase live moss like THIS for DIY projects and terrariums. 

We placed the moss over the dirt and arranged the stones to look like the door that was rolled away. Next, it was time to make the crosses. We used toothpicks and wire, but twigs work well, too.

Little Man had a neat idea of decorating his garden with a few air plants. We placed two more plastic egg shell halves into the dirt for the air plants. The sunken planters keeps the tillandsia from rotting in the soil.

Teach the real reason for Easter #Easter #eastertradition #eastercrafts #christ #kidsgarden

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Recycle your old plastic eggs into these fun and functional planters. #reduce #reuse #recycle #upcycle

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Shank You Very Much

Shannon Walter

About Shannon Walter -

Wife, Mommy, and Writer are three of the hats Shannon wears on a daily basis. Natural and holistic wellness is her passion. Diving into medical studies, reading long-winded books, and refitting them into information that is valuable to everyday life.


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Rebecca Weingartner
Shannon @ TMMW
March 26, 2018 at 8:41 AM delete

Love this idea! Honestly, your comment about who has space to save cheap plastic eggs cracked me up. My mom saved those for years! She probably still uses the same shells now for her grandkids that she used when I was a kid! Loved the idea though. Definitely a cute and clever way to use up the shells.
Painting them a fancy color or with some texture would even make it more classy and less Eastery for year round. Maybe a great addition to the office desk at work!

Shannon @ TMMW
March 26, 2018 at 9:01 AM delete

Wow, this is an awesome way to definitely get great use out of those plastic eggs! I also learned something new today about air plants! How cool are they?! I hope you are having a great Monday so far. Wishing you a good week ahead!

Maureen | www.littlemisscasual.com

Shannon Walter
Shannon @ TMMW
March 27, 2018 at 8:36 AM delete

I'm glad you got a chuckle out of it. That is a good idea!

Shannon Walter
Shannon @ TMMW
March 27, 2018 at 8:37 AM delete

Air plants are amazing! We love ours. Thank you and I hope you have a great week as well.

Ann Remo
Shannon @ TMMW
March 29, 2018 at 2:50 PM delete

Very cute idea! I haven't tried growing air plants yet, but they look easy to maintain. Thanks for sharing!

Shannon @ TMMW
March 30, 2018 at 10:22 AM delete

What a cute idea! #globalblogging


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