Looking for a great solution for egg storage? Try making your own fun and functional egg storage for your backyard chicken eggs following these simple steps.
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We currently have 28 hens and one roo. When egg production is in full swing we usually get 18 – 22 eggs a day. Goose is our egg collector, and she takes her job seriously!
Mid afternoon everyday she grabs a basket and heads out to the chicken coop ready to collect eggs. Goose and Buddy have a small egg business so both kiddos are motivated to help collect, package, and distribute the eggs to their customers.
Egg Storage And Organization
Organization has never been a strength of mine. And our former egg storage system reflected that! Goose would just use a different Easter egg basket each day for collecting eggs, and I would just do my best to remember in which order she used the baskets for collection. The end result was a lot of baskets all over the kitchen counters…
While this system worked for the most part, it definitely was not ideal to rotate 7 Easter egg baskets on the kitchen counter each week. Our kitchen is relatively small, and I need all the counter space I can get!
On social media I saw that some backyard chicken keepers were storing their eggs on baskets attached to the wall. I loved the idea of getting all the baskets off my counters, and thought it would be a fun project for Mark and me. Instead of hanging the baskets directly on the wall Mark thought it would be best to mount them on a board first. I wanted the board to look cute so I started looking for contact paper with a pattern. Once I started looking, I found out there are a ton of really cute wall paper samples you can purchase. Of course I wanted to find a chicken print! I fell in love with this delightful chicken wallpaper with the lovely chicken portraits.
Fortunately, I was able to purchase just a couple of swatches since the final product is not going to require anywhere near a whole roll of the wallpaper.
I found the baskets at the Dollar Tree. They are simple and sturdy. And they can each hold quite a few eggs.
Mark picked up the hangers for the baskets, and we got to work.
Materials Needed For DIY Egg Storage
Here’s what you’ll need:
- wooden board – cut to fit the area you want to hang your baskets and store your eggs
- wall paper or contact paper – I love this chicken wallpaper!
- baskets – I choose 7 baskets. One for each day of the week.
- basket labels – This is optional of course, but I thought it would be cute.
- hooks and screws to attach the baskets to the board
Directions For DIY Egg Storage
You’ve heard the saying measure twice cut once. That saying applies here too.
Before doing anything permanent I like to lay everything out exactly how I want it.
Unfortunately, when I unrolled the wallpaper swatches it was cut horizontally not vertically. My initial plan was just to unroll the wallpaper and slap it down on the board. But since the wallpaper swatches were not vertical cuts of the wallpaper I had to cut them to fit.
No biggie really. It just added one extra step to the process. And depending on what wallpaper print you use it might not even be an issue for you.
So after cutting the wallpaper to fit the board. I placed the baskets on top just to make sure the spacing was ok.
Attaching The Wallpaper
I’ve only helped put up wallpaper once in my life and it was definitely a chore!
Thankfully, this wallpaper is much easier to attach! All you need is a small bucket of water and a sponge.
Using the sponge generously apply water to the back of the wallpaper. While it is still wet, fold the paper over so the wet backs are together and the glue can begin to activate. Let the paper sit about 2 or 3 minutes.
When you begin to peel it apart you can feel that the back is sticky, but it shouldn’t be stuck together.
Line the paper up where you want it to go and press it down firmly with a damp sponge.
It takes at least 3 hours for the wallpaper to set, but we let it set overnight before trying to attach the baskets.
The next day, Mark used his electric drill to attach the board to a wall in our kitchen.
Then using hooks, like the ones pictured below, Mark attached the baskets to the boards. The baskets themselves are sturdy but very lightweight. So the baskets alone would not require such a heavy duty hook.
But the baskets will be significantly heavier once they’re filled with eggs. Mark chose these hooks because he knew they would be more than enough to support the basket filled with eggs.
Labeling The Baskets
This step isn’t entirely necessary, but I thought these chalkboard signs were too cute to pass up. I labeled them for each day of the week, and then tied them to the baskets making this egg storage solution functional and fun.
Adding The Eggs
Here’s the part I’ve been waiting for! Finally getting all the Easter egg baskets off my counter tops!
The eggs are not washed before we put them in the baskets each day. Unwashed eggs will last longer than you may think at room temperature.
You can hang your DIY egg storage baskets anywhere. We chose to hang ours up high. Pedro gets into everything! The thought of him being able to easily get his hands on raw eggs was the deciding factor in how high we hung the egg storage baskets.
Goose has to either get help or use a step stool to put the eggs in the basket at the beginning of the week. But she doesn’t seem to mind.
Are These Eggs Still Fresh?
Making sure your eggs are still fresh before you crack them is pretty important. The float test is a great way to check the freshness of your backyard chicken eggs.
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Counter Top Egg Storage
When we need eggs for our personal cooking and baking I will usually just put them in this spiral egg storage rack. It holds about 3 dozen eggs. The only draw back is restraining yourself from putting the raw egg at the top of the rack only to watch it spiral down and crack at the bottom…
What’s Your Favorite Way To Store Eggs?
Let me know in the comments!