How to Blow Eggs for Easter Decorations
Why Blow Eggs for Easter?
Easter eggs are typically boiled and then colored once they have been hard boiled. Afterward, the eggs are either consumed by those who enjoy hard-boiled eggs or they are discarded as trash. This is doubly a waste of materials and food when the eggs can be blown, colored and decorated for use in future years.
This is a great way to make use of your eggs for decorating purposes such as Easter egg trees or for fun projects that involve filling and smashing the empty eggshells.
Blowing eggs is a relatively easy process that should work on any size egg, but particularly well with eggs that are chicken-egg sized or larger. This can also be done with much larger eggs, such as ostrich eggs, for those who are looking for a full-sized art project to play with.
All you need to blow eggs is eggs of the desired size and species and an empty bowl to blow them into! You may wish to use ice cube trays for storing the insides of the eggs (whites and yolks, which can also be pre-separated). You can freeze the whites and yolks in ice cube trays for use in recipes!
When Should You Blow Easter Eggs?
Eggs should be blown before they are colored. Otherwise they may break during the coloring process and you would waste the egg, the shell, and the dye you were using to color the eggs. Blow your eggs out before you work on getting them colored or painted. This may result in the inside of your egg being colored, but that's alright: Nobody's really going to see the inside of your egg anyway!
What's your favorite thing to do with blown Easter eggs?
What to Do with Blown Eggs
You can do several things with blown eggs, starting with the obvious: Coloring them. Blown eggs can be dyed the same way that hard-boiled eggs can, with the understanding that these eggs are going to float and will need to be gently held beneath the dye until they take the amount of color you want for them to have. Any egg dyeing technique that you'd use on a hard-boiled egg should work just fine with your blown egg as well, so feel free to wrap them, tape them, dye them and paint them!
Blown eggs can also be etched. Etching refers to a couple of different techniques on eggs, including wax etching (layering wax over the colored part of dyed eggs and then re-dyeing) and scraping away layers of eggshell using a thin knife (such as a box cutter or craft knife) in order to produce a design on the surface of the egg. This can also be used in combination with other blown-egg techniques such as dyeing and carving.
Additionally, you can carve blown eggs. This is a complicated technique which is primarily intended for advanced artists, as mistakes can cost you the eggshell. The materials are, of course, inexpensive and therefore you can practice frequently. Ostrich eggs are often used for carving purposes because of the strength of the shell, and they make a heck of an omelette!
Finally, you can fill blown eggs. Eggs can be used as molds for anything from candles to chocolate Easter eggs to brownies. They can also be used similarly to pinatas by filling them with glitter and confetti and then smashing them on various surfaces.
In short, blown eggs are a ton of fun! All that remains is for you to get those insides out.
Method for Blowing Eggs for Easter Decorating
The following steps will help you get blown eggs. Make sure to follow the length of the instructions for the best results. Read everything if you've never done this before, and don't forget: You blow eggs when they are raw, not after they have been hard-boiled. Dye your eggs after blowing, not before!
- Select an egg. Extra-large chicken eggs or larger are preferred for most projects, but your egg size should depend on what you're going to be doing with them. If you're blowing eggs for recipes (such as chocolate eggs or brownies in blown eggs) make sure that you look at the recipe to determine the size you need first.
- Using a sterilized pin, make a tiny opening at one end of the egg. You want to do this while holding the egg vertically. The small hole is usually placed in the narrower end of your egg, though this won't necessarily make a difference in your blowing, just in later appearance of the egg.
- Using a sterilized pin or the point of a sterilized knife, make a larger opening on the other end of the egg. Again, this should be the wider end of the egg when viewed vertically. This opening should be large enough that the white of your egg starts to slide out of the opening, as shown in the picture to the top right.
- Take a breath and place your mouth to the smaller (pin) opening, and blow. Depending on your breath control, you may need to blow harder to get the yolk out of the egg. Use as much breath as necessary to clear the insides of the egg out. Don't worry about any residue left inside, you'll be cleaning and sterilizing these later.
Eggs should separate during the blowing process and yolks and whites can be placed into ice cube trays for storage in the freezer. These can then be used in baking.
Egg Blowing Demonstration Video
The video to the right will show you one method for blowing an egg. This isn't my method, as this wastes the egg innards, but it's a good demonstration of the process. If you don't want to save your food parts of the egg. In this case, the larger opening is much smaller than what I recommend above, and it requires a good deal more blowing to get the insides out, even with the yolk being broken up.
After Blowing: What to do with Eggs
Once you've blown your eggs, wash them thoroughly with hot water and vinegar in order to sterilize them, particularly if you plan on using them for food or other projects that involve filling the eggshells. The insides can be stored in ice cube trays or discarded.
© 2014 Becki Rizzuti