Easter Egg Decoration - DIY
Surprisingly easy to make…
Blow Out Eggs
“Blown out” eggs are often required for craft projects that use empty, complete eggshells. Blown out eggs can be preserved for years after they’re made; without the egg white or yolk, the eggs won’t spoil. If you want to learn effective techniques for blowing out eggs.
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Poke two holes in a raw, regular-sized egg. Eggs usually have one end that’s smaller and pointier. Pierce the smaller end first, then the other end (top and bottom). To pierce the initial hole, use a pin or an egg-pricker available from specialty suppliers. See the special section below for using a sticking plaster to help prevent breakage of the egg.
The holes then need to be made bigger, so that you can get the egg contents out. To do this, you can either keep using a pin or similar tool, or for a very effective method, use two large round nails, one 1/12” (2mm) thick and one 1/6” (4mm) thick. Sharpen the ends of each nail using a file or emery board to create four sharp edges. Make the hole you’re going to blow through a little larger using the nail. Then make the end hole slightly larger, about twice the size of the first hole, as this is where the egg contents will flow out.
Feel around the eggshell for any weak spots––sometimes they are slightly gray in color. If you can’t find any, just select a spot near the center of the egg’s ends for poking holes in.
Grip the egg firmly in your non-dominant hand (but don’t break it!) as you stick the nail in with your dominant hand. Insert the nail slowly and apply even pressure.
To make the shell easier to poke holes in, try rubbing the egg on fine grain sandpaper to thin the shell. This makes it easier to penetrate the shell using a heavy pin or even a paperclip. The paperclip is great to break the yolk inside, which then makes it easier to blowout.
Reach through the larger hole with a needle, wire, straightened paper clip, toothpick, or small balloon pump. Pierce the yolk and break up the membranes that keep it whole. Gently push the instrument in and out of the hole repeatedly.
Decide how you want to blow out your eggs. The traditional method uses a small straw (like those thin straws you can find in any coffee shop) and air from your mouth, but you can also use a syringe to push air into the hole. If you don’t want to use your mouth, choose a tool from the following:
An ear bulb syringe
An injection syringe (without a sharp needle attached)
A glue syringe
An “egg blower” (for example, Blas-fix).
Set up a clean wide bowl or jar to catch the insides of the egg. Hold the egg right above this bowl when you’re blowing. If you use clean materials, you can save these partially-beaten egg yolks and whites for other dishes in the future.
If you want to use the traditional method, hold up the thin straw to the small hole. Blow air through the straw and into the egg, letting the insides flow out from the larger hole. Do this until the egg is empty.
If you want to use a syringe or special egg blower, hold the tool to the small hole in the egg. Push air or water through the hole to get the egg insides out. If you use water, you may not be able to save the eggs for a future recipe. Repeat until all of the egg contents are out.
Take a glass of water and pour it over the egg shell to rinse it out. Then take your straw or syringe to blow out the water and any remaining egg yolk/white. Shake gently and repeat until the egg is completely clean.
You’ll want to do this over a bowl––if you’re saving the eggs for later use, set up a separate wide bowl for catching the water, or just do it over the sink.
Dry the intact eggshells. Optionally, put all eggshells in the microwave on high for 15-30 seconds or bake them in 300ºF/150ºC oven for 10 minutes. This may help to make them stronger.
Alternatively, you can let them drain (larger hole facing downwards) for 2-3 days.
Done. They’re now ready for decorating and placing on display.
Special way to prevent egg breakage
Consider using the following measure to help prevent cracking when drilling the holes in the egg:
Place an adhesive plaster/bandaid on the egg at the piercing point.
Pierce the egg with the tool being used.
Carefully pull the adhesive plaster back to remove. The hole will remain and the eggshell will be intact.
You can also use a pointed water drop-shaped drill bit to grind a hole.
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Don’t let your eggs go to waste! Once you have blown out an egg, you can still use it to make scrambled eggs and other dishes, as long as you have made sure that your equipment is clean. Cover the bowl with saran wrap, and upside down dinner plate or other suitable cover until you want to use the partially beaten eggs.
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Use room temperature eggs if you can. The insides will be less stiff and tend to flow more easily.
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Remember that once you blow the egg, it will float if you try to dye it.
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If you heat blown out eggs too much, they may crack in extreme heat!
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If you want to make the egg a little more decorative, you can take a small needle and poke designs in the empty egg. They won’t be visible if you leave the egg as it is, but if you then dye it, the designs will stand out.