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With a quick trip to the grocery store or your refrigerator, you can create these funny egg heads!


  • Eggs
  • Seeds (lentils, chia, or mung beans work well)
  • Soil
  • Permanent markers
  • Card stock


  • Make a small hole in the top of the egg by tapping it gently with the edge of a butter knife. Carefully pick the small bits of shell out until you have a hole the size of a quarter.
  • After removing the egg, gently rub the inside of the eggshell with your finger to remove the egg’s membrane. This step is a bit tedious and isn’t strictly necessary, but if the membrane is left on, it could cause mold to grow on your sprouts as it decomposes. Rinse the shells out.
  • You can draw faces on the eggs with a permanent marker. It’s a good idea to have a few extra shells on hand in case one cracks.
  • Once the shells are rinsed and decorated, you’re ready to plant. Use a teaspoon to fill each eggshell about halfway full of soil.
  • Spoon a few seeds into each shell. For the larger seeds like mung beans and lentils, we used about a teaspoon. For tiny seeds like chia or alfalfa, a little (1/4 teaspoon) goes a long way.
  • Add water. A spray bottle works well for this step, or simply use a tablespoon to spoon a little water over the seeds. Be careful not to overwater the seeds. Since there is no drainage, the seeds can rot pretty quickly if overwatered.
  • You can also make simple egg holders to help your shells stand upright from 1/2 x 5-inch strips of card stock taped into a ring shape.
  • It should take about 3 days to see some initial growth, and a week to get some really funny looking sprout hair on your egg heads!
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