Saturday, March 31, 2012

Blowing Out Eggs for Crafts, Christmas Ornaments & Holiday Tableaus




Blowing out your eggs is a great way to save your prettiest or use them for craft projects.  It's easy, especially with the help of the Blas-fix kit (link to buy one on amazon.com).  You can also use a thumbtack, paperclip and plastic coffee stirrer if you wish or a Dremel tool.  If you have a Dremel, it's the way to go, it makes a nice round hole without the spider webbing you sometimes get using anything else.



It is easier 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 to carefully enlarge the hole.

Use the bellows to carefully force air in and 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 hold end 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.

~the hole should be pointing down so the egg will drain~
So, now you've got a bowl of blown-out eggs. What do you do with them ?


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. 


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.



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.
~holiday-themed tableaus from 2011~
~Blown egg Christmas Santa scene from December 2011~
For Easter, try stamping the eggs and then stringing them on pastel ribbons with wooden beads.



~idea adapted from marthastewart.com~

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

The Blas-fix kit is well worth the price, especially since once you start blowing out some eggs, your imagination will run wild !


A Dremel tool works very well to make uniform holes quickly.


 If you don't want to blow out your own eggs you can purchase them here in our Etsy shop.  We have white duck eggs and multi-colored chicken eggs for sale.




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16 comments:

  1. I blew my first 2 eggs out with your help. I did not realize the eggs would dry out without the stench of bad eggs. Do you have a clue how long it takes a medium/large egg to dry out without blowing?
    Mike OurLittleMeadow

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    1. No idea really Mike but as long as you wash them well to get that bloom off, the air will just get in and dry it out. The pullet eggs take maybe a month or so until you can hear the insides rattling around inside..the regular size, maybe a few months. But they won't smell rotten at all.

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  2. I've been doing this for years, the way my Grandmother taught me... by putting my lips on the washed egg and blowing. lol The kit is ingenious. Thanks for posting about it.

    I'm loving your ornaments.

    ~Tori

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    1. The kit is well worth the $10. I blew out the first few using my mouth and its like blowing up balloons..you end up light-headed after a few.

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  3. One hint for when you leave them out to dry naturally, turn them once or twice a week, otherwise sometimes the yolk "sticks" to the inside, and the egg will always sit with the same side up (usually the part that was messed up a bit) like the old "Weebles wobble but they don't fall down toys).
    WendyJ

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  4. Very cool! It would be fun to try, but I'm not sure if someone as clumsy as me could do it so nicely!

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  5. Where did you find the silver stickers for the ornaments?

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  6. You are awesome! This brings back memories. I remember making these ornaments with my mother when I was young. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog hop xo

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  7. What beautiful eggs. I love all of your ornaments. If you haven't already I would love for you to come and link them up to my party going on right now. Hope to see you there.

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  8. Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop. This weeks party is live. I hope to see you there.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/12/fabric-covered-can-pen-and-pencil.html
    Debi, Joye and Myrna (The Busy Bee's)

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  9. Those look lovely. We do this for Easter but I never thought much about doing them for Christmas too. My 4yo DD would love this since she's always asking to decorate more eggs year round anyway. :)

    Thanks for linking up at NOH!

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  10. Those are beautiful, and the nativity is darling. Thanks for sharing it on "I Gotta Try That" Have a great weekend.
    Marcie

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  11. I never thought about doing that, but those are SO beautiful! I have that same blower tool... Thank you for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #60!

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  12. one year, I blew out a bunch of eggs & used them for molds...
    I filled the insides with Plaster of Paris, concrete, plastic beads(which I melted in the oven)....
    After the eggs had sat for about a day or 2, I peeled the eggs & painted them the color of the original eggs....after decorating them with the holiday stencils, I gave these away as gifts for Easter & Christmas.

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