When My sister and I were kids we use to make these blown out Easter egg decorations with my mom every year. We had fun dying boiled eggs too but I always enjoyed decorating the blown out eggs because I could save my masterpiece and hang it on our Easter Tree. It’s been a while since I’ve made them but this year I decided to give it a try again.
Here is a tutorial in case you want to give it a try yourself.
You Will Need:
Uncooked eggs (however many you want to decorate)
A large nail (I used a 2 inch nail)
Bowl (for catching yolk)
3/16 inch ribbon of your choice
Craft glue (I used Original Tacky Glue)
Small paint brushes
Acrylic paint, stickers or other stuff to use for decorating
Using the hammer, tap the tip of your nail into the ends of your egg. Do it softly as to not break the egg. Move the nail around inside the egg to create a whole slightly bigger than the nail itself.
Over a bowl, blow out the yolk using a syringe or egg blowing tool available at craft stores. You could also do it the old fashion way and put your mouth up to one end of the egg and blow the yolk out the other end.
Just be careful to not squeeze too hard and end up with this. Oops!
Run the egg under some water to clean out any left over yolk. Then let the egg drain and dry out completely. I’ve heard of baking them in the oven at 300 degrees for about 15 minutes to dry them out quickly. I have never actually tried it though.
Cut a piece of ribbon about 12 to 15 inches long, loop it, and make a knot at the end.
Glue the knot of the ribbon onto the hole in the top of the egg. Depending on how strong your glue is, you may need to hold it for a few minutes.
Then set it back in the egg carton to dry completely.
When they are dry, flip them over and cover the bottom hole by making little X marks with the ribbon. I used ribbon pieces that were about 1/2 inch long here.
Once the bottom is dry your egg is ready. Get creative and paint! It’s not easy to dye these blown out eggs. Since they are hollow they don’t sink in the dye, making it very difficult to get a nice even color.
I decided to paint mine an overall background color and then use the stickers I had left over from decorating Olivia’s DOC band. After I painted the background color I let them hang on my Easter tree to dry.
Then I applied the stickers and a coat of sealer. The yellow one is my favorite.
And here they are all finished. They are certainly not perfect. The coverage is not even and some paint got on the ribbon but I don’t really care. I had fun making them even though it was squeezed in between bottle breaks, diaper changes, and soothing a bumped head here and there.
I can’t wait until Olivia is old enough to help me decorate these! For now she is happy sitting in her high chair, eating playing with cheerios and watching me.