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Monday, April 18, 2011

Blown Egg Ornaments

I was honestly thinking today how I wish I could get Silk Tie-Dyed Eggs to last forever. They would be beautiful lasting gifts to give and decor for your home. So I went to Our Best Bites and voila, look what I found! Genius! I love this site :) Thanks! Check out their facebook page too!


One of our most popular holiday posts is our tutorial on dying Easter eggs with pieces of silk. It’s a unique process that creates amazingly beautiful eggs and it’s always a shame when it’s time to toss them!  Many readers have asked if it was possible to use the same process on a blown-out egg so they could be kept indefinitely.  The problem that arises is that hollow eggs float, so they’re difficult to boil.  But thanks to one resourceful reader, we’ve solved that problem.  So today I thought I’d do a little tutorial about how to blow out an egg, and then create charming little ornaments from them- including silk-dyed ones!
First you’ll need to gather some household supplies.  Some people will tell you that you have to have special egg-blowing tools with special egg-blowing names.  This is a sham.  You really just need a baby snot sucker (seriously, isn’t that the real name?), a pin, and a paper clip.
You can also try a plastic medicine syringe (instead of the snot-sucker), the type you’d use to give medicine to an infant.  The one in my picture is much too narrow but I thought I’d include it anyway to show you the type.  You’d just want a much wider one (but really I think the blue squishy blower thingy works better)  You also need a paper clip, and in a minute I’ll show you how some drill bits come in handy as well.
If you’re going to save the inside of the egg for cooking, then make sure to wash the outside of your egg and make sure that all of the tools you are using are clean and sanitized.
Place your eggs in a bowl of warm water for about 10 minutes before starting.  This will make the entire process much easier.  Hold an egg firmly (you know, as firmly as you can hold an egg) and use your pin to gently pierce a hole in one end.  It helps to gently twist the pin back and forth first to sort of screw it in before you actually push it through.  (These are my husbands man-hands by the way.   Nice job honey, you’re a natural.)  Repeat on the other end of the egg.
Once you have a teeny tiny pin hole, it helps to have a teeny tiny drill bit (seriously, the smallest one in the set).  Gently “drill” through your pin hole to enlarge it.
Now grab that paper clip and unfold it.  Stick the paper clip inside the egg and swirl it all over the place.  The object here is to scramble that yolk up which will help it all come out easily.
Now grab the infant bulb syringe (I had to google that.  True story.)  If you don’t have an infant or former infant in your home and therefore don’t have 17 of these laying around your house, you can get one at the drug store for a very inexpensive price.  Like, cheaper than 9 months of pregnancy and then child-birth in order to get 5 free from the hospital.
Place it directly over one of the holes and squeeze over a bowl.  The egg will come right out of the other end.  If you meet any resistance, don’t keep blowing air or your egg might explode.  Give it a shake, or stick the paper clip in again, or increase the size of your hole.
Once everything is blown out, you might want to fill your syringe with warm water and blow it into the egg.  Shake it up and then blow it out to get the inside clean.
Once you’ve got your hollowed out egg you can do all sorts of crafty things with it.  To make an ornament, thread ribbon, string, or twine through the holes.  Using a extra long crafting needle really helps.  If you need to enlarge your holes to fit the ribbon, use your pin to gently pick away at it.
Just tie a knot at the bottom end and a loop at the top end.
To make Silk Dyed eggs, follow the instructions in this tutorial. When it comes to the step where you boil the eggs in the pot, use a strainer turned upside-down to keep the eggs under the water.  OR, if you can fill your eggs with water it will weigh them down as well.
After they come out they will be filled with boiling water.  Make sure to let them cool first, and then blow out the water.   After they’re dry, thread ribbons through so you can display them!
If you want to dye your eggs with normal colored dye, then dye uncooked eggs before you blow them out.  Try adding beads to your string.  It not only looks pretty, but it covers up messy holes!
I love plain, solid color eggs- and they look really pretty with colored beads.  These would be really cute with monograms drawn on- or cut out of vinyl.
I’ve always wanted to learn Ukrainian egg painting, aka: Pysanka, but apparently I have too many hobbies already.  So I settled for a Sharpie.
Turns out all of those years of mindless doodling in school was actually useful.  Way more useful than algebra at least.
I should mention I totally snagged this idea from  my little sis who sent me pics of egg ornaments she made last year.  She painted designs on them with black paint and threaded them with red ribbon which was so pretty.
Lastly, you know how much we love seeing your projects- so post them on our Facebook page so we can all oooh and ahhhh!

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