Decorating Blown Eggs–and Giveaway! January 25, 2017
Decorating eggs can be year-round fun—and decorating blown eggs means you can keep your egg art in the long term.
Decorating blown eggs is a great project for all ages and abilities. With a simple and inexpensive egg blowing tool and some art supplies, you can enjoy year round crafts with your chickens’ eggs. You’ll also be enjoying lots of quiche, scrambled eggs, frittatas… Yum!
And we want to encourage you by giving away three of our one-hole egg blowers. (We’ve also put this on sale for our readers if you’re not lucky enough to win!) Read on to see how to win a blown egg tool for your decorating project.
How-To: Decorating Blown Eggs
1 . Select the eggs you’ll use.
You may use a variety of chicken, duck, turkey, or quail eggs. When choosing your eggs to decorate, it’s fun to play around with different colors and sizes.
A large blue egg from a Super Blue Egg Layer can make a nice backdrop for a painted flower. Speckled eggs are my favorite to decorate with, although any shape or color is fine to use.
2. Poke your holes.
Next, you’ll carefully poke a hole at either end of your egg, being careful not to crack it entirely. (If you have a one-hole egg blower, you’ll only need one hole!)
Once you have made a hole in each end, slightly enlarge the hole on one side by rotating the metal edge. Even this is easiest using a blown egg tool, because it’s sharp enough to pierce without cracking, and it gives you a good deal of control.
However, in the good old days you might make the hole with what you had on hand: a knitting needle or awl. Make sure to use your tool to break the yolk inside the egg (it blows out easier this way).
3. Blow your eggs.
You may now begin blowing the yolk out. If you have the tool, use that! If not, you want to blow from the smaller hole, so that the contents come out the bigger hole. It’s best to do this step over a large mixing bowl. Remember to save the egg contents that you blow out for later use.
4. Clean and dry your egg shells.
When eggs are emptied out of the egg contents, wash and rinse the eggs, both inside and out.
I used warm water and a small amount of dishwashing soap to clean the inside.
5. (Optional) While your shells are drying… cook!
A good time to use your egg contents is while your shells are drying. You can make scrambled eggs and feed it back to your flock… or make a quiche!
Once your shells are dry—and once you’re full of quiche!—begin decorating!
I like to decorate my eggs with acrylic paint, but permanent markers, yarn, lacing, a hot glue gun, and some fun accessories would also make for great ways to also decorate.
The possibilities are endless. You can even make holiday decorations and displays. I have made Christmas and Easter Decorations—hang on a holiday tree by just adding a loop of ribbon or string at the top! But decorating blown eggs is a simple enough project to use year-round.
For instance, Lissa decorated some “Day of the Dead” eggs (not blown) with special markers that used food coloring. With blown eggs, you could just use regular markers, no worries! Just remember whatever you do, don’t put too much pressure. You don’t want to break that shell!
Decorating blown eggs for springtime is fun:
Here’s an anytime decoration I love: our My Pet Chicken mascot, Lucy!
We love getting crafty here at My Pet Chicken! Perhaps you can even use a display of decorated blown eggs at your farm stand to show off!
HOW TO ENTER OUR GIVEAWAY
You may enter once. Please comment below by Feb 1, 2017 at midnight EST to enter the giveaway. You must reside in the US (because we only ship to US addresses).
When you comment, make sure to use an email address you check—if you don’t check it, you won’t know if you’ve won! Winners will be chosen randomly on Feb 2, and contacted by email. If a potential winner has not responded by Feb 9, 2017, we reserve the right to choose a different winner to accept the prize.