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Blowing Out Eggs for Displays, Crafts + Christmas Ornaments

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Step by step tutorial on blowing out eggs for displays, crafts and Christmas ornaments.

Blowing out your chicken or duck eggs is a great way to save your prettiest ones to display or use for craft projects.  

It's easy, especially with the help of an egg blowing kit, which I highly recommend.  But you can also use a thumbtack, paperclip and plastic coffee stirrer or a Dremel tool.  

If you already have a Dremel tool, it's the way to go, it makes a nice round hole without the spider webbing you sometimes get using anything else.

It's also a much quicker method if you're blowing out a large number of eggs. 

Blowing Out Eggs for Displays, Crafts + Christmas Ornaments

It's much easier to blow out eggs if the eggs are at room temperature when you start.  

First poke a hole in one end of the egg and swirl the needle to break the yolk and scramble the insides a bit (or make your hole with the Dremel and then scramble the insides with a straight pin, bent paper clip or the gadget from the Blas-fix kit).

Use the other tool that comes with the kit (or the safety pin) to carefully enlarge the hole.

Use the bellows to carefully force air in and to empty the egg.

Fill the bellows with water several times to rinse the inside of the egg.

Then I squirt some bleach/water or white vinegar/water mixture through the egg to clean it thoroughly.  

A quick scrub with an old toothbrush and some baking soda will make white eggs sparkle on the outside.

And there you have a perfectly blown-out egg.

Set the egg on a paper towel in a carton to dry with the hole end pointing down. The paper towel acts as a wick to remove any last traces of water inside.  You can also microwave the shells for a minute or two to dry them out completely.

Scroll down for some ideas on what to do with your blown out eggs, although they do look pretty sitting in a bowl on the counter or a side table.


So, now you've got a bowl of blown-out eggs. What do you do with them ?

Blown Egg Christmas Ornaments

For Christmas of course ornaments are the natural choice. Duck eggs make the most beautiful ornaments.  These were made by applying stickers to the blown eggs, then applying a clear layer of Modge Podge the each egg.

Pretty ornament caps glued onto the top and bottom with some ribbon to hang the egg from your tree, along with some seasonal stickers and a light coating of Modge Podge make simple, yet beautiful, ornaments that almost look like they are made of porcelain.

These ornaments were made by gluing a miniature wreath (available at craft stores) to each egg and then using baker's twine and shirt buttons to make a loop to hang each ornament.

I threaded a button then pushed both ends of the twine into the egg through the hole I used to blow out the insides. 

Leaving a loop, I then glued the button to the top of the egg. 

Blown Egg Hanging Doorknob Decoration

You can also make hanging doorknob decorations.  Just apply letter stickers to spell NOEL, MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HOLIDAYS, JOY, PEACE, etc. and lightly brush the egg with Modge Podge. 

Let dry and then string the eggs on a piece of twine with a wooden bead in between each egg and tie a seasonal bow at the top. Use naturally colored eggs, or dye them before you string them.

Dressed up Blown Eggs for the Holidays

You can also 'dress up' some eggs using a hot glue gun and scraps of felt or fabric and create cute holiday-themed tableau scenes for Christmas, Thanksgiving and even Halloween.  

I used some fun-tack to anchor the blown eggs to the tray.  These are all from the 2011 Holiday Season.

Blown Eggs for Easter

For Easter, try stamping the eggs and then stringing them on pastel ribbons with wooden beads.

Hang the eggs from doorknobs or cabinet knobs for some Easter cheer !

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