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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3 boys momma
10 years ago

Thats a cute idea! We usually take my mom flowers for her flower bed each year. Thanks for sharing, it would look cute with the green eggshells that we have too!

Kathy Mormino, the Chicken Chick™
Reply to  3 boys momma

I usually bring my mom and MIL flowers for planting too. Happy Mother's Day to you x3!

Kristin Maynard
Kristin Maynard
10 years ago

Spending time with both of my kids, something I don't get to do often anymore now that they are growing up.

Kathy Mormino, the Chicken Chick™

Happy Mother's Day, Kristin!

Dawn S
10 years ago

Happy Pre-Mother's day to all the Moms and Chick-Moms out there! I plan spending the day with my Mom in her beautiful backyard (with her chicks) and enjoying a glorious day. Just chatting, snacking and maybe a little wine. 🙂 Happy day to you all!

Kathy Mormino, the Chicken Chick™
Reply to  Dawn S

Sounds just perfect!

10 years ago

What a neat idea for a Mother's Day gift. I need to help my 15 month old
Granddaughter make something for her mom. This would be perfect. Thanks for the idea!

Kathy Mormino, the Chicken Chick™
Reply to  ChickenGal

This is a great project to do with a little one. Happy Mother's Day, Grandma!

10 years ago

Mother's day was always tinged with saddness for me. "Happy Mother's Day" rang hollow for those of us who had no children. Either becasue we couldnt have them or never found the right man that deserved our children. I especially avoided functions where Moms would be wearing a pretty corsage and honored for their role as Mother. Every woman should be honored. 8 years ago I met Joe. <3 I suffered an amazingly painful miscarriage and thought my chances of motherhood were over. 6 months later I was pregnant with my daughter Mary-Claire. I refused to tell anyone or even… Read more »

Kathy Mormino, the Chicken Chick™
Reply to  Chris

What a touching story, Chris. Thank you for sharing it. It truly is a blessing to be a mother.♥