Eggshell Bouquets-A Symbolic Mother’s Day Gift

On Mother’s Day 2005, my life and perspective on life was changed forever when my first daughter was born. Not unlike other expectant parents, we eagerly anticipated Sophia’s arrival; having suffered a crushing miscarriage the year before, I had gained a perspective on the fragility of life and an appreciation for the miracle of birth that I would not otherwise have had. That my daughter chose Mother’s Day to make her entrance into the world is a poignant reminder to me of the true meaning of the holiday every year.

Rachel Divider

May 8, 2005

Most of my life I had thought of Mother’s Day as a day to honor mothers, but with Sophia’s birth, I came to view it as a celebration of new life and the gift of children. We planted a tree in 2005 to commemorate Sophia’s arrival and as a way to reflect on their growth together.

I suspect the symbolism of celebrating lives with other living things is at the heart of why we give our mothers flowers and plants on Mother’s Day. It is in that spirit that I am making Eggshell Bouquets for Mother’s Day this year.The egg itself, being a symbol of life and rebirth, I can think of no more appropriate a gift to give than an Eggshell Bouquet on Mother’s Day.



Empty eggshells
Potting soil
egg carton
potted flowers


I use blown eggs to make the flower pots, but any empty shell will work as long as a hole is made on the bottom. A heavy knife crack the blown egg in half helps get a cleaner cut but jagged shells are pretty too. Small shards of shell line the bottom for drainage. A few teaspoons of potting soil are added into the eggshell.

Flowers are separated from the pack, retaining the root ball.

Flowers are inserted into the eggshell, more potting soil & watered.

Eggshell is rinsed before placing into egg carton.

To plant the flowers, crush the shell gently and plant it in the ground. The shell serves as a natural fertilizer.

Happy Mother’s Day!
Rachel Divider

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10 years ago

love it

Kathy Mormino, the Chicken Chick
Reply to  Anonymous

Thanks. ☺

Shelly Wade
10 years ago

What a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing such a personal side of you, intertwined with eggshellls & flowers.

Kathy Mormino, the Chicken Chick
Reply to  Shelly Wade

Thank you Shelly. ♥

10 years ago

I, too was born on Mother's Day. This year they are on the same day again. I was so touched by your story and the preciousness of life. i think I will use this idea with my preschool class. Next year with luck I will be using farm fresh eggs from y own chickens for this. Thank you for sharing.

Kathy Mormino, the Chicken Chick
Reply to  Kathie

Thank you, Kathie. My pleasure.

10 years ago

Great story. I am the mother of 3 boys and luv them 2 death!!

10 years ago

We're going to the beach for Mother's Day! It won't be warm enough to swim, but still a fun time to walk and collect shells, etc.

Kathy Mormino, the Chicken Chick™
Reply to  Kristen

Lucky you! Enjoy!

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