March 17, 2015 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

If you are an American female living in the year 2015, you probably have noticed that succulent plants have exploded in popularity over the past year or two. You can’t resist them—their tiny stature, their resilience, their pinks and purples that scream, “I’m a girl plant!” Good grief, let’s just admit it: They’re adorable.
You know what else is adorable? Baby chicks emerging from their eggs at springtime.
So let’s take advantage of a plant that is actually referred to as “hens” and “chicks” (depending on their maturity), and combine them into an explosion of adorable Pinterest magic.

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Supplies

  • Eggs
  • Paper egg carton
  • Knife
  • Paper clip
  • Preserved moss
  • Glue
  • Small succulents
  • Cactus soil (if needed)

Directions

  1. Shop for some succulent babies! You can find these at nurseries, grocery stores, or home improvement stores. The smaller the better. Look for bunches that have multiple blooms to fill out your eggshells.
  2. Open the eggshells with the back of a butter knife. Peel off the top section of the shell until you are satisfied with the size of the hole.
  3. Wash out the eggs with warm water and soap and place them back in the carton. Pull apart a paper clip so that it is one long piece of metal. With the paper clip, poke a hole in the bottom of each egg. Keeping them in the carton will keep the eggs from cracking, and the hole will provide drainage for the plant. Wash hands thoroughly afterwards.
  4. Attach small pieces of preserved moss to the carton with glue to give it a little green. Only do this to the top. Placing moss into the carton will preventthe eggshells from sitting snugly in their place.
  5. Carefully remove the succulents from their containers. Shake off any excess dirt that may be attached at the roots. Fill the eggs about halfway with the excess dirt. Arrange the succulents in the eggshells, and pour a little more dirt into the shells to stabilize the stems.Keep these little guys in a sunny area and spray them with a water bottle sparingly. Succulents are desert plants and, honestly, thrive on neglect. Just my kind of plant.