NEW YORK (MainStreet)Whether hard-boiled or plastic, candy-filled or hand-dyed, nothing says Easter like a basket full of colorful eggs. But if the Easter bunny was eggs-tra generous this year, don't just toss your eggs out when the holiday is over. There are a variety of creative ways to repurpose your Easter eggs this springfrom mixing them into your garden soil to creating eye-catching arts and crafts projects. Read on for our top tips on how to put those eggs to good use.
1.Create a Mosaic
Forget tile and stoneyou can assemble beautiful mosaics with shells from your Easter eggs. "Break up the shells into small pieces and keep colors separate," instructs Valeen Bhat, director of Private Picassos, an art education company based in Brooklyn. "Plan a pattern or design, fill in a small section with glue and then dab the eggshells on top."
2. Nourish Your Plants
Looking to give your garden a boost this season? Eggshells can help add calcium and potassium to your soil to help keep plants healthy.
"Plants use potassium for disease resistance and hardiness, and calcium is used in plants for a variety of functions," says Melinda Myers, a horticulturist who has written several books on gardening. "For instance, blossom end rot on tomatoes is due to a calcium deficiency."
Just crunch up your eggshells and add them to your soil. And don't worry about the dyes on your Easter eggs harming your plants. "Those are usually food coloring dyes and are very safe for the soil," Myers explains.