Decorating Eggs

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How to Play

This project can be quite tricky and younger children will need some help with blowing the eggs and threading ribbon through the empty egg shell.

To blow the egg – The traditional method is to pierce a hole in both ends of the shell using a sewing pin then placing your mouth over one hole and gently blowing so the egg white and yolk come out of the other. (if you choose to do this please first wash the shell thoroughly). A more hygienic way is to use a thin drinking straw.  Placing the end of the straw into the small hole and gently blow air into the egg.

  • Pierce a hole in both ends of the egg and into the yolk. Gently make the hole slightly bigger by using the cocktail stick, this will make it easier for the contents to come out of the shell.
  • Place a bowl underneath where you will be blowing the egg to catch the whites and yolk out of the egg shell. Put the straw into the eggs pointier end and blow the contents through until the shell is empty.
  • Carefully wash the empty shell well (perhaps soak in Milton or a type of sterilising product) let the water drain out and dry.

Now decorate your egg shell  acrylic paint works very well as this will make the shell a bit stronger though still delicate. Leave to dry before moving to the next stage.

Thread your egg so it can be hung:

  • Take a 1.5cm piece of cocktail stick and tie one end of the yarn/ribbon in a knot around that piece.
  • Thread a darning needle with the other end of the ribbon/yarn and carefully feed it through the holes – in through one end through the middle of the egg and out at the other.
  • Lastly, carefully feed the cocktail stick end through the hole, this will act as a hidden stopper inside the egg shell.
  • Remove darning needle and hang egg decoration on to your pussy willow branch.

You could make a decorative Easter tree by hanging several decorated eggs on bud branches in a vase.

Decorating the eggs will appeal to all creative minds.

Younger children can enjoy painting the eggs with simple designs e.g. stripes, zigzags, dots, while older children can be more involved preparing the eggs and decorating them with more intricate patterns e.g. flowers

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