CRAFTS AND DIY

Blown Easter Eggs — a lovely yearly tradition and beautiful decoration too

Every year, for as long as I can remember since my childhood, we have had a tradition of beautiful spring branches covered in blooms with blown eggs to welcome spring in our home. An Easter Egg tree essentially! A great way to welcome the new season and bring colours indoors.

Growing up, we had a collection of various decorations and would add to them, but my favourite were always the delicate and beautiful blown Easter Eggs hanging from ribbon or a coloured string. They capture light and colour, with their fragile and slightly mottled surface.

Recently I posted some photos on Instagram and a few people messaged me to ask about my hanging egg display. Last year I wrote a brief post here about all the dyeing and hunting we do annually but wanted to elaborate on the specific display of my hanging blown eggs.

This year we have dyed nearly 3 dozen eggs with our friends! And so I have plenty of tips for you. Good news is that it isn’t too late to start now. So I hope this helps.

Materials needed:

  • Uncooked white eggs — chicken or duck
  • White or spirit vinegar
  • Egg dye (either Paas style or all natural ones)
  • Small screwdriver for glasses
  • Toothpick or thin wooden skewer
  • Bowl
  • Ribbon, string, embroidery floss, or twine for hanging
  • Branches
  • Vase

Easy steps:

  • Use raw, white eggs to blow. Brown eggs work, but the dye don’ts take to them as well. Large white duck eggs look beautiful, but we only used chicken ones this time.
  • Use white vinegar and a cloth to wipe any ink or laser stamps off of the egg (if you buy them in the supermarket they are usually marked for quality control etc).

  • Shake the egg! Honestly, shake it up and get the white and the yolk to loosen up.
  • A small screwdriver, like the kind to fix glasses, is ideal for piercing the egg on the top. I used to use a pin/needle but find the size of the small screwdriver is perfect. Both sharp and a bit thicker, it actually drills into the egg if you rock it back and forth in one spot without shattering, splintering, or cracking the egg. Egg cracking is unavoidable at times, however, so don’t be alarmed if you end up with egg on your… lap, jumper, or pregnant bump like I did this week!

  • Pierce the bottom of the egg too, over a bowl, as the egg white may immediately start to drip out.
  • Then stick the toothpick or skewer all the way into the egg, from one hole to the other.
  • Scramble the egg with the toothpick, hoping to break up the egg inside.
  • Then it is time to blow. Put your lips over one end of the egg, like you are lightly blowing thru a straw, or even kissing the egg, and blow the contents of the egg thru the bottom hole. This can challenge those pelvic floor muscles! But continue to blow until the egg is empty.
  • We keep track of how many eggs we blow — and often do three eggs to one bowl, so we can make omelettes, cakes, or more with the eggs. One big bowl of a million eggs doesn’t usually get used as practically unless you are doing scrambled eggs for a big family!
  • Let the egg drain out a bit, or wipe off with a damp cloth.
  • Let the egg dry for a few hours, then you can choose how to dye the eggs. We love the ease of dyeing with tablets, and the end result too with the bright colours of Paas but also enjoy the tones of natural egg dyeing. You could also hand-paint the eggs too! I will leave the colouring up to you.

  • After the dyeing and drying is complete, you can thread with a needle, or use ribbon or embroidery floss for hanging the eggs. Just put a few knots not the bottom, and then a loop on the top.
  • I made a needle out of twisted and bent wire to thread the ribbon and floss thru.

 

I keep our blown eggs each year in a small cardboard box, wrapped carefully the same way you would with your treasured Christmas ornaments. To me, they are also heirlooms. And I am sure you will too, as these are a lovely activity to do, filled with memories and will bring cheer to your home each year. What a wonderful way to welcome Spring! Life! Colour! And cheer to this new season.

Enjoy

Lara. x


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