My kids love decorating Easter eggs every year. For many years, we simply used the basic egg dyeing kits from the grocery store. In fact, we still use one or two kits every Spring to color the hard boiled eggs.
A few years ago, though, we were introduced to blowing out eggs to decorate. These hollow shells make a great canvas for painting AND we can keep them from year to year. Hollowed out egg shell painting has become a NEW family tradition that we all love. All you need are a few eggs (rinsed!), a small nail or metal skewer, a couple of tooth picks, a bowl, some paint brushes, and some creativity!
How to blow out Easter Eggs before painting
- Take an uncooked egg in your hand and gently (with only light pressure) start “drilling” a hole in one end with a pointy object (I prefer to use the tip of a metal skewer but you can also use the tip of a nail). Once you’ve got a hole in one end, repeat on the other end of the egg.
- Stick a toothpick through each hole and wiggle it around inside to break up the yolk. Note: I typically make my holes the width of a toothpick. If you make the holes much bigger, they are more likely to crack.
- Holding the egg over a bowl, place your mouth over one of the holes and blow hard. Imagine blowing up a balloon. It’s hardest right when you get started, but once the yolk and egg whites start flowing, it comes out amazingly fast.
- Once you’ve cleared out the egg, sit it in an empty egg carton, hole side down, so that the rest of the liquid can drain.
- Rinse and dry your egg and decorate any way you can imagine!
We may not be a family of incredible artists, but we love to do this craft together, and we especially enjoy seeing the eggs we’ve decorated in years past when we pull out the Easter boxes each Spring.
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