How to Blow Out an Egg

By emptying an egg of its yolky contents, you can expand its crafting possibilities. We love using blown-out eggs for all of our Easter craft needs. Try this egg blowing trick, then get hollow egg decorating ideas.

Hard-boiled eggs work just fine for Easter egg dyeing, but hollowing out uncooked eggs instead allows you to reuse your decor. Although you can purchase an egg blowing kit, chances are, you can do it yourself with items you have around the house. Learn how to blow out an egg, then put your newfound skill to good use in some DIY projects!

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What You Need

  • Uncooked eggs
  • Small rotary tool, cuticle scissors, or crafts knife
  • Safety glasses
  • Bowl
  • Pin or paper clip
  • Bulb syringe
  • Water
  • Bleach

Step 1: Poke Holes in the Egg

Here's how to create a hole in an egg without breaking the whole shell: Use a small rotary tool or the sharp point of a pair of cuticle scissors or craft knife to carefully poke a hole slightly larger than a 1/8-inch diameter at each end of the egg. Wear safety glasses, especially if using a power tool. Do this over an empty bowl or other container to catch drips once the holes have been cut.

Step 2: Drain Egg Whites and Yolk

The most essential part of blowing out eggs comes next. Poke a pin or bent paper clip through the holes several times to break up the yolk. Place a bulb syringe in one of the holes and squeeze to blow the contents of the egg out through the other end.

Step 3: Clean and Dry Eggs

Rinse the egg out gently with water and a very small amount of bleach to remove any remaining membrane. Remember; don't mix bleach with other cleaning chemicals. Let dry.

Blown Eggs Decorating Ideas

Now you're all set to paint the shells or otherwise decorate as you wish! The drainage holes you already made are a great place to string ribbon through for a delicate garland or lightweight empty egg shell decoration. While hard boiled eggs start to smell if left out too long, clean blown out eggs work well for decor you want to leave up all season. 

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