I've always been a little fascinated with the simple beauty of eggs, especially some of the crazy color variations you get when you bring home a pack of farm-fresh eggs from a farmer's market or a friend with chickens.
Last year I learned how to blow out eggs to preserve their shells and I think I may have unleashed a bit of a monster. I had eggs all over the place in my house last Easter and you can bet this year there will be even more!
If you're like me and you never did this as a kid, it's not too late to try it out! Here's how you do it!
The first thing you should do is a find a really cute little assistant to help you. They're great for posing in your blog photos and you'll also need their lung power when it comes time to try and get the egg innards out.
Grab your egg and a little push pin, wind up, and stab the egg on both sides!
Just kidding. You really don't need to be as dramatic about it as Kennedy.
(Yes. She has dirt under her fingernails. Don't judge. That's called a happy childhood!)
Just gently poke a hole in the egg at both ends, then use the pin to chip away a bit of a bigger hole until you have a diameter of about 1/8". If you're doing a craft where you'll be stringing the eggs onto something, go ahead and make the hole a little bigger. That will make the process easier, but you'll definitely see the holes.
Next, take a toothpick, push it through one of the holes, and swirl it around inside the egg to break up the yoke.
Working over a bowl, put the straw over one of the holes and blow!
We like to take turns with the straw so we don't get too light-headed!
We usually can only do about 6 eggs at a time before we get tired so it's good to start building up an egg shell collection now while there's still lots of time before Easter.
To finish up the eggs, just rinse them out and put them into a 200 degree oven for about 15 minutes to dry out any residual egg left in the shell.
There you have it! Beautiful, natural egg shells to do whatever you like with this Easter!
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