How to blow-out eggs for Easter decorations

It’s helpful to know how to blow out eggs for Easter decorations.  It can be a bit messy (which kids love) and the wet fart noises that eggs make are guaranteed to give preschoolers the giggles.  Why not give it a go as a family?

How to blow out eggs for Easter decorations

We made Easter decorations by blowing out chicken and duck eggs.  We decided not to paint them, as the natural colours and textures of the eggs were beautiful (so we just added sparkly polka-dots)!

blow-out eggs for Easter decorations

To blow-out eggs for Easter decorations, you will need:

– eggs (we used Cotswold Legbar chicken eggs for their lovely blue colour and pure white duck eggs)
– keep the egg box (it’s useful to stand the empty eggs in to dry)
– a pin
– a large bowl
– holographic dot stickers (optional)

COST: a few quid (unless you own chickens/ducks)
AGE: young kids and up
TIME: 10 minutes or less (per egg) – this is a fun group craft!

spotty Spring Easter eggs

How to blow-out eggs for Easter decorations:

  1. Take an egg and use your pin to pierce a hole in the small end (they are less likely to break this way, though I’m not sure why)!
  2. Pierce the opposite end of the egg.
  3. Use your pin to widen the holes until they are about the size of the pin head (or the thickness of a skewer).
  4. You need to pierce right through the egg membrane and the yolk, so don’t be afraid to poke the pin right in and wiggle it around!
  5. Hold the egg over your large bowl, seal your lips around the top hole and blow steadily into it.   The egg should start to come out of the bottom hole.  If it doesn’t (or if your eyes start to bulge), you may need to widen the holes a little more.
  6. Keep blowing until all the insides are out.  You may need to use your pin to encourage the stringy cord and yolk sack through the hole.  Once these are out, the rest should follow quite quickly.
  7. Once your egg is empty, take a few sips of water and blow these through the egg (over the sink) until the water runs through clear and the inside of the egg is clean.
  8. Stand your egg up in the empty box to dry completely.  You can put them in a low oven to speed up this process, but it may weaken the shell, so better to be patient!
  9. Once the eggs are completely dry, you can paint them, or stick polka dots on them, like we did.
  10. Make a delicious omelette for tea with your egg innards (though probably for family consumption only, given that there may be a bit of saliva mixed in)!

Easter egg display

If you want to hang your finished eggs, take a small piece of cocktail stick with a thread or ribbon tied to it, then poke it completely through the top hole of the egg.  The cocktail stick will become stuck inside and you can use the thread to suspend the egg artfully from a Spring branch *ahem* see above.

So that’s how to blow-out eggs for Easter decorations.  Easy peasy (though time-consuming on your own!) – did you do this at school..?

P.S. I’m linking up with Me and My Shadow for the #GetYourCraftOn Easter challenge (#eggs)

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64 thoughts on “How to blow-out eggs for Easter decorations

  • March 21, 2014 at 9:12 am
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    So pretty, and glad to hear the egg inside gets used up too. I love the sparkly decorations!

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    • March 24, 2014 at 9:58 am
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      Thanks Jo!
      If you blew too many eggs to eat at once, you could always freeze some for baking another day… x

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  • March 21, 2014 at 10:54 am
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    I’ve never done this but it sounds like a fun thing to do. Not sure about the saliva omelette though!

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  • March 21, 2014 at 11:16 am
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    I was only thinking of this the other day I used to do this as a child but not tried it with mine! Something for the weekend!

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  • March 21, 2014 at 11:27 am
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    I remember decorating eggs as a child but haven’t tried it with my children yet. Thanks for the instructions I will have to give it a try. I like that you left them plain save for the dots!

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    • March 24, 2014 at 10:00 am
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      They just looked so pretty naturally… I’ve bought polystyrene ones for painting though! 😉

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  • March 21, 2014 at 11:32 am
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    Lovely idea! I remember myself doing this as a kid, sucha a fun time 😉 I even thought about making some decorations this year for Easter, when I saw my cracked egg shells 😉

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  • March 21, 2014 at 1:32 pm
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    I’ve always thought blown eggs are rather magic, thanks for the step by step instructions, I might even be encouraged to try it now!

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    • March 24, 2014 at 6:31 pm
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      You’re welcome Clare – it is dead easy (& they’re stronger than you think)! 😉

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  • March 21, 2014 at 1:36 pm
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    this is something i have never done and i am now 30 years old lol, it is a great idea and fun for the children too thanks for sharing x

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    • March 24, 2014 at 6:35 pm
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      They really are lovely, aren’t they? First time I’d done duck eggs, but would definitely do them again!

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  • March 21, 2014 at 2:56 pm
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    Brilliant – though not totally sure about the omelette! They really look great though.

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    • March 25, 2014 at 2:39 pm
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      Well, saliva is pretty interchangeable here (given the way my youngest kisses!)! Definitely close family only though 😉

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  • March 21, 2014 at 3:14 pm
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    I’ve never done this, I’m not sure I’d enjoy it but I know my kids would love it! Thanks for the instructions.

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    • March 25, 2014 at 2:43 pm
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      You’re welcome Louisa. You might surprise yourself..! 😉

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  • March 21, 2014 at 4:16 pm
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    I remember blowing out eggs when I was a kid – it used to make me gag lol, but was always fun to decorate real egg shells!

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  • March 21, 2014 at 5:07 pm
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    Ohhh wow oh wow I so want to do them they are cool .x

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  • March 21, 2014 at 6:40 pm
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    These look great! It’s something I’ve been meaning to try

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  • March 21, 2014 at 7:20 pm
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    Love this idea – have not seen it in so long! Definately going to try it with the toddler. Is it easter already?!

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  • March 21, 2014 at 10:03 pm
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    I’ve done something like this when I was a child – but never made them look so sparkly and gorgeous. My girls would love this. We’ll have to give it a try.

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  • March 21, 2014 at 10:10 pm
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    Oh wow, I’ve never tried doing something like this, it looks so cute and sparkly 🙂 Happy Easter and spring time!

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  • March 21, 2014 at 10:50 pm
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    Oh they are gorgeous <3 I was never any good at egg blowing I have to admit. x

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    • March 25, 2014 at 2:59 pm
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      Thanks Sarah! I would really recommend making larger holes if you’re struggling. With these you can always cover it up with a glitter dot afterwards 😉

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  • March 22, 2014 at 12:35 pm
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    Thanks for sharing these instructiosn. I neve rquite understood how to blow out eggs though I might’ve done it as a child.

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    • March 25, 2014 at 3:00 pm
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      You’re welcome Astrid – I had to remind myself, it had been so many years since I made some!

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  • March 23, 2014 at 6:19 pm
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    I hate blowing eggs but usually use tons over Easter just for decorating lol x

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  • March 24, 2014 at 6:45 am
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    I have never tried this before but it looks like great fun!

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  • March 24, 2014 at 8:37 am
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    This is a great craft idea, I remember doing this at school many many years ago x

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    • March 25, 2014 at 5:53 pm
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      Classic Easter craft! I think we had a competition to win a book token at our school… 😉

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  • March 24, 2014 at 12:39 pm
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    They look great , so pretty. What a fun activity . x

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  • March 25, 2014 at 2:17 pm
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    These are lovely, I really love the glitter dot decoration (where did you get them from? I would just want to stick them everywhere!!)

    #pintorials

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    • March 25, 2014 at 5:54 pm
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      Thanks Anthea – they’re from Amazon (come on a roll – lots of colours). Just search for holographic sticker dots x

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  • March 25, 2014 at 2:21 pm
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    I remember doing that as a child. My son need to decorate an egg for school next week, so this has reminded me how to do it, thank you. Have pinned.
    #Pintorial

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  • March 25, 2014 at 5:42 pm
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    Clever! I like it.
    We always use hard boiled eggs for decorating, they will last a week or so before we dispose of them for good.

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    • March 25, 2014 at 5:46 pm
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      Hard boiled are much faster (& more durable), but they do tend to weigh down Spring branches! 😉

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  • March 20, 2015 at 12:52 pm
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    Great idea – perfect timing for Easter crafts this weekend. Thank you for sharing on We Love Weekends – this post is featured on Witty Hoots this week! Hope to see you linking up again soon – have a great weekend!

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    • March 22, 2015 at 7:06 pm
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      Fantastic – thanks Helen! Just popped over to have a look 🙂

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