Decorating eggs for Easter is one of my favorite traditions!
Generally, when decorating eggs we use hard boiled eggs. Which is still a good idea, because they are easy to make, and can be dipped into coloring to dye them without a problem. I just think it can also be a waste of good eggs! I do a process called “blowing out” the eggs, which allows you to use the raw eggs for something else, and keep the shells for decorating.
There are some pros and cons to this though! I love the fact that I am able to use the eggs for cooking, and I am not wasting them. I also love that they don’t smell, and if I make really pretty eggs I can keep them for next year, because they will keep nicely. The downside is that when dipping them in the coloring to dye them, they won’t sink like hardboiled eggs do, which can make the process a bit more frustrating, and more hands on. I have found that painting these blown out eggs can be much easier than trying to dip them. There is your warning!
On the other hand the hardboiled eggs may be easier for dipping, but they can smell, and you will need to throw them out after Easter. If you blow the eggs out, then you can use them in a number of different ways, including the egg shell vase craft pictures below. You can also grow grass in them, turn them into candles, etc. The options are limitless!
These could also be used as name places at an Easter table setting!
Picture below for growing grass in these Easter eggs!
How To Blow Out Eggs for Easter Decorating
knife/nail/something small with a sharp point
*Wash the egg
*Poke a small hole in the top and the bottom of the egg, I like to use a small, sharp knife (very carefully) to poke a small hole; you can use a nail, or something equally sharp and strong
*Use a toothpick to poke inside of the egg to break up the yolk
*Place your mouth over one of the holes and blow so that the raw egg comes out the other hole; do this over a bowl so that you can use the inside of the eggs to cook; keep an eye out for pieces of the shell though!
*Wash the egg in the sink with water, and then swirl the water around the inside of the egg, and blow the water out
*Repeat the cleaning process a few times to make sure all of the raw egg is out