Could you use some tips on how to blow out an egg and clean eggs for decorating? Hopefully, this will help you get started!
Today I’m excited to share three little tricks for simplifying blown-out eggs. Messy fun, right? If you’re a traditionalist, you might want to stop reading here. Otherwise, read on…
How to Blow out an Egg
Trick #1: Hand Drill
So, if you wanted a hollow egg, and were to puncture it in the traditional way, you might use a needle or a special egg-piercing tool like this.
But, if you’re running short on time or if you know your kids will be giddy at the site of a hand drill (do you see me raising my hand?), you could do what we did.
My Fiskateer friend, Angela (read my interview with Angela here), sent me this awesome little Fiskars hand-cranked drill that’s perfect for preschool hands. My kids (ages 4 and 2) didn’t drill the eggs, but I do recommend the drill if you’re looking for a beginner’s wood-working drill for older children.
I carefully drilled a hole in the top and bottom of the egg, and then blew the eggs out.
But that blowing business is an awful lot of work, which brings me to trick #2…
Trick #2: Baby Aspirator
If you have little kids in your house, chances are good that you have at least one of these lying around. Between my two kids and overly generous L & D nurses, we own about eight of these.
As much as I like my tools, I also believe in tradition. When your kids are old enough to blow out an egg with their own lungs, this post from The Artful Parent will inspire you to help them give it a go.
Trick #3: A Box and Skewers
Once your eggs are blown out, you’ll want to decorate them.
The girls and I painted a few of our blown eggs with acrylic paint, and we used little espresso cups to keep our hands clean while also keeping the eggs from wobbling around the table.
This plan was moderately successful.
It worked beautifully for painting the top half of the egg, but as soon as you were ready to paint the other side there was the challenge of flipping the egg without ruining our work. Not to mention all that acrylic paint that crusted up on my cute mugs. Ugh.
Which is where this nifty idea comes in handy: Cut a few grooves into the edge of a box, push a skewer through your egg (you might have to make your holes a wee bit bigger to do this), and voila!
I can’t remember where I first saw this, but here are a few other folks that have tried this smart idea: Melissa at Chasing Cheerios used this technique to paint chalkboard and decoupaged eggs. And the Sydney Powerhouse Museum replaced the box with Tupperware, and then made charming hanging eggs.
Are any of these tricks new-to-you? I love learning new tricks…do you have another egg-decorating tip to share?
It’s Day #3 of Egg Week. In case you’re just popping in, my talented friend Melissa over at The Chocolate Muffin Tree and I are posting unique egg-related activities or experiments each day this week.
In case you missed our earlier posts, here’s what we’ve covered this week so far:
- Bleeding Tissue Easter Eggs
- Walking on Raw Eggs
- The Transparent and Bouncy Egg Experiment
- Make Your Own Egg Tempera Paint