How to Blow Eggs for Easter Decorations

What you Need

  • raw eggs
  • needle
  • large bowl
  • bicycle pump or strong lungs
  • food coloring
  • vinegar
  • boiling water
  • small bowl or cups
  • white crayon
  • spoon
  • acrylic paint
  • paint brushes
  • paper towels

Step One: Blow the Eggs

Use the needle to puncture a small hole at the top and bottom of each egg. Make the bottom hole sightly larger than the top hole, but be careful not to crack the shell. Hold one of the eggs upright over a large bowl and blow hard into the hole to remove the egg white and yolk. A bicycle pump works great for blowing eggs, so feel free to use it if you have one. Simply place the air tube over the top hole and pump the air in. The egg white and yolk will shoot out quickly, so make sure to hold the egg directly over a bowl when using a bike pump to blow the eggs.

Step Two: Prepare the Eggs for Dyeing

Once your eggs are all blown, gently wash the shells with warm water and let air dry. Make sure to empty the water out of the eggshells’ centers to keep the water from diluting your egg dye and ruining your decoration. You can save the blown eggs for cooking or baking. Cover freshly blown eggs, refrigerate and use within two days. Or, freeze the eggs in an airtight container and use within six months.

Making Easter Egg Dye

While the eggs are drying, prepare the egg dye. Pour 1/2 cup of boiling water into a cup. Add one teaspoon of vinegar and 20 drops of food color, then mix well. Once you have all of your colors mixed, you can dip your eggshells in and start creating.

Painting Blown Eggs

Blown eggs are beautiful when painted and, unlike food dye, paint is a more precise way to decorate. Acrylic paint works best for blown eggs because it dries quickly and is easy to clean up. Be creative with your paints by thinking outside the box when decorating. Instead of painting in classic Easter Egg colors or patterns, try something daring like dark or neon colors. Add texture by using extra paint or sprinkling glitter on the paint before it dries.

Ideas for Using Blown Eggs

Blown eggs can be used in a variety of fun ways at Easter time and beyond. Thread a string through the colored eggs to create fun Easter or Christmas ornaments. Fill a decorative bowl with blown eggs for a festive centerpiece or coffee table conversation starter. Gently widen the top hole in your blown eggs, fill them with confetti or glitter and glue a piece of colorful tissue paper on top for a fun party favor or Fourth of July fancy. Or, fill your eggs with candy or fuzzy toy baby chicks and include them in your little one’s Easter basket. Blown eggs are very easy to make and offer so many great options for decorating and party fun all year long.

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