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Decorated Easter Eggs

Some of my favorite craft bloggers have been sharing their Easter egg decorating ideas lately (Alisa Burke post 1, post 2, and post 3, and Aunt Peaches  post 1 and post 2 ), so I felt like sharing my own collection of hand-decorated Easter eggs.  Decorating Easter eggs is a tradition my mother and I started, and we try to work together on a few eggs every year.  It’s a wonderful way to exercise our creative energies and spend quality time together.  There are so many fun options for paint, ribbon, glitter, sequins, fabric, decoupage and more!  Because we blow the contents out of the shells first, the eggs will not go bad and can be cherished for years.

We’ve been decorating eggs for a number of years now.  I can’t remember exactly when we first started.  We keep our eggs together in a basket that we bring out for decoration around Easter time.  I photographed the eggs of previous years as well as some of those we created this year.  I hope you enjoy the slideshow:

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If you’d like to create your own Easter eggs like this, first you have to blow out the yolk and white.  You may find this video helpful, or these instructions, or you can follow my directions, which vary slightly.

You’ll need:
  • 1 egg (or more)
  • a marker
  • a large needle or similar pointed tool
  • a bowl, preferably one with a sealable lid
  • paper towels
  • sanitizing spray or wipes 

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  1. First, mark the poles of the egg with a marker, top and bottom.
  2. Shake the egg vigorously in your hand (but be careful not to let it slip and fly!)  This helps break up the inner membrane structure of the egg, allowing the yolk to escape later more easily. 
  3. Then using a sharp object like a large needle, poke a hole through the shell, using the mark to guide you.  I used a sculpting tool with a pointed end to do this.  Be careful not to grip the egg too hard, lest you shatter it.  (Drills can be used for larger eggs.)
  4. Once you’ve pierced the shell, gently work the tool in a circular motion to wear away the shell, chipping and widening the opening. 
  5. Repeat on the opposite end, making sure the end of the egg has a slightly larger opening.
  6. Then hold the egg over the bowl.  I’ve found it’s easier to empty the contents of the egg when the larger pole of the egg is facing down, closer to the bowl.  (If you use Tupperware, you can save the egg yolk and white in the fridge for an omelette later.  The video tutorial says otherwise, but I think this is debatable.)
  7. At this point you may choose to clean the end of the egg, press your lips to the shell, and blow out the contents, or you may opt for a safer option(salmonella risk) and use a medicine syringe or straw to blow the egg out.  Whatever method you use, be sure to blow all of the egg out.  If you’re struggling to empty the egg, make sure you completed step 2, or consider widening the holes on the poles of your egg.
  8. Once you’ve blown all the innards of the egg out, I recommend sitting it on a paper towel in a vertical position for a few hours, so that any remaining residue may run out the bottom end.  This prevents issues later on.

I’m sorry I didn’t take pictures and make a nice tutorial.  I hope the included video and instructional website will suffice.  If you have questions, feel free to write them in the comment box below.

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