Introduction: Painted Eggshells for Easter
It’s almost Easter, and that means it’s time for an old Easter tradition: To blow out eggs.
This is a really cozy thing to do as a family, and it makes a cute and personal decoration.
This is a very old tradition in Scandinavia, which is why I decided to show my sister how to do it. (She is only 3 years old, but with a bit of help small children can do this too.) There are many similar traditions in Easter Europe, and they make some beautiful eggs too – it’s worth looking up.
Things you will need:
- Eggs (preferably white as it is easier to draw on)
- Something to draw/paint with (I used sharpies)
- A needle
- A bowl
- Sewing thread
- 1 match
Now you are ready to get started!
Step 1: Empty the Shell
First Things first: If your egg is gross or you just don’t want chicken but on your mouth, it is a good idea to wash the egg before we start.
You have to make a hole in the shell of the egg. Take your needle and carefully poke a hole on top. You need to be patient: Too much violence with the needle can break you egg. Hold the egg like a tiny bird that you don’t wants to neither squeeze nor fly away.
When the first hole is done, make another one in the opposite end of the egg. When you have one hole on the top and one on the bottom you are ready to blow.
Place your lips on the last hole you made (don’t use the first, there’s probably raw egg coming out of there by now.) Make sure to have you bowl placed under the egg. Now start to blow. The point of this is that all the egg will come out through the tiny hole in the top, and then you’ll be left with only the shell. But eggs can be tough, both due to the membrane around the egg but also the yolk. Some eggs are easier than others, but you just have to keep blowing: Eventually it will come out.
When your shell is completely empty you are ready to the next step!
*The egg that is now in the bowl is perfect for an omelet or baking, so make sure to save it for later cooking*
Step 2: Decorating the Egg
Now that the shell is empty you can decorate the egg. I choose to do this with sharpies, but it can be done with acrylic paint, oil based paint or watercolour as well. This is the part where my sister joined the project, because it takes something to blow the egg, but everyone can paint one.
I decided to paint some chickens and a tree on the first egg I did, as I thought it would be cute and Easter-ish. I did a second egg as well and drew flowers and small Easter eggs on that one. I’m sure that all of you creative people in this community can come up with many great ideas!
Step 3: Decorate Your Home
The final step of this DIY is to hang the egg to give your home some Easter spirit.
I took a match and cut about 1 cm of. Then I attached my sewing thread to the match piece and put it down the top of the egg. Shake the egg a bit and the match should be secure. Now you can hang your egg.
I hung my egg on a bunch of fresh cut branches, but the eggs would look beautiful hanging in windows or lying on dish aswell. The branches will bloom in the warmth of a house, and give some green nature before spring is really here. On the branches I also hung some of the eggs I had done the years before. These eggs can be stored for many years if they are kept in the same boxes the eggs were
originally bought in. In my family we have some eggs that were painted by my grandmother and her mother about 70 years ago, and they are still beautiful, although the paint has fainted a bit.
Happy Easter everyone, I hope this project inspired you!
Participated in the
Egg Contest 2016