Today I want to show you how to make a ‘dragon egg’ from a duck egg! These were actually the beautiful result of a craft fail. I was trying to make these lovely ombre dyed eggs, so I followed a tutorial for dying chicken egg shells using vinegar and food colouring. I’m not sure if it’s because I used a different brand of food colouring (or because the eggs were still hot when I did it, or because I used duck eggs), but the eggs fizzed and made bubbles, resulting in this gorgeous mottled effect!
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To make a dragon egg, you will need:
- Fresh duck eggs
- Gel food colouring (we used ProGel Rainbow Dust in pink, baby blue and purple – I have not tried any other brand, so I don’t know if it would work with another, but I’d be interested to find out, so do tell me in the comments if you try another)!
- White vinegar
- Just-boiled water
- A non-metal container or containers (1 per colour)
How to make a dragon egg:
- Hard boil your duck eggs (let’s assume you won’t be eating the finished eggs, so we won’t worry about the flavour – 12 minutes should do it).
- While your eggs are boiling, decide how many different colours you would like to use and for each colour, prepare a non-metallic bowl with a tablespoon of white wine vinegar and a ball-bearing sized blob of food colouring gel. Mix these well. You could experiment with colour-mixing too (let me know how you get on)!
- Once the eggs are hard-boiled, put your kettle on and add 1/2 cup of just-boiled water to each of the bowls of colour, then stir.
- Add your still-warm duck eggs to the coloured mixture(s) and set a timer for 10 minutes. The mixture will probably not cover your eggs completely, but that’s okay. The eggs should start to get bubbles on the surface and fizz.
- After 10 minutes, add 1cm more water to each mixture.
- After another 10 minutes, add enough water to cover the eggs and leave them to go cold.
- Rinse your eggs and pat them dry with kitchen paper. You may need to rub some areas of the eggs to smooth the shell and remove any flaky bits.
- Allow the eggs to dry away from one another (to prevent colour transference) on paper towels.
I was so pleased with the way these turned out and to me each one looks like a magical dragon egg. They also make gorgeous Easter decorations!
As well as looking like a dragon egg, these could be used in other ways, including, but not limited to…
- dinosaur eggs (great for a themed scavenger hunt)
- galaxy eggs (to prompt a discussion about outer space, planets and stars)
- science (conduct an experiment to find out why the egg shells fizzed)
- colour mixing (use only primary colours and encourage kids to make secondary colours using these)