The following is a post from Jacinda.
Every time Spring rolls around I get the urge to decorate for the season with eggs, moss, twigs, feathers – you know, nature inspired stuff. I’ve seen oodles of tutorials on how to use real eggs to decorate wreaths and cloches. I’ve seen them painted folk-art style for Easter and dangled from branches with pretty ribbon.
That part seems easy enough, but how do you prepare an egg so it can be used in such creative ways?
It’s not as hard as it seems. Done properly, your finished eggs can add realism and whimsy to your Spring decor for years to come. All it takes is a little time, patience, and care.
To blow an egg, you’ll need:
- eggs (obviously)
- a small, long nail (finishing nails are perfect)
- a hammer
- a bowl
- child’s nasal aspirator (optional)
- Wash eggs thoroughly.
- Holding an egg firmly in the palm of one hand, use your thumb and index finger to center the nail on the top of the egg.
- Use your other hand to gently tap a hole inside the shell. Do the same to the bottom of the egg.
- After making your second hole, push the needle through to pierce the yolk.
- Holding the egg above a bowl, blow through one end with your mouth (or use the nasal aspirator if the idea of blowing an egg’s guts out with your own lips makes you squeamish). You will hear a “poof” of air when all the liquid has been cleaned out.
- Rinse thoroughly and place them back in the carton to drain completely and dry.
Now your eggs are ready for use. Covering them with a coat of shellac will help protect them from breakage. The decorating possibilities are limited only by your imagination.