How to Make Cascarones: DIY Confetti Easter Eggs

These Easter eggs are meant to be broken.

Project Overview
  • Working Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Skill Level: Kid-friendly

Typically, we try to handle dyed Easter eggs with extreme care—but these decorated eggs are meant to be broken! Confetti Easter eggs are traditionally referred to as cascarones (the word "cascaron" translates to"egg shell" in Spanish), and they explode with rainbow confetti when broken open. First used for celebrations in Mexico in the mid-1800s, cascarones are hollowed-out eggs filled with confetti; they are usually broken open over someone’s head during a holiday celebration. In Mexico, cascarones are used to celebrate Easter, Cinco de Mayo, and Carnival, the festival celebrated in the days leading up to Lent.

While these confetti Easter eggs require a bit more hands-on time than plain dyed eggs, you shouldn’t be intimidated by the DIY process. They’re simple to make.

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • 1 Small bowl
  • 1 Tongs
  • 1 Rubber gloves
  • 1 Scissors
  • 1 Spoon


  • 1 Eggs
  • 1 Paper towels
  • 1 Assorted food colorings
  • 1 White vinegar
  • 1 Tissue paper
  • 1 Glue stick
  • 1 Biodegradable confetti


  1. Clean Eggs

    egg shell opening removing yoke
    Jacob Fox

    Don't worry: You don't have to learn how to blow out an egg to make this Easter craft. Since you need a good-sized hole to pour the confetti through, we found it was easiest to crack the very top of the egg. Hit it lightly on the countertop a few times to avoid cracking the body of the egg and then drain the yolk from the opening at the top into a sink or small bowl. Put the bowl of yolks in the refrigerator so you can use them later to make an egg casserole for Easter brunch. Gently rinse out the eggs and pat them dry before you begin dyeing.

  2. Dye Eggs

    adding red coloring inside egg shell
    Jacob Fox

    The process of dyeing cleaned-out eggs is just like dyeing regular hard-boiled eggs. Just be sure to handle the eggs gently so the hollow shells don't crack. Prepare a few colors of egg dye in separate containers; you can use food coloring and vinegar or try one of our natural egg dye recipes. To dye eggs with food coloring, mix about 1/2 cup of hot water with 15 to 25 drops of food coloring. Stir and add 1 teaspoon of white vinegar. Dye the eggs in wide-mouth Mason jars and use tongs to lightly place the eggs in the dye and take them out, or use protective gloves and hand-dip them in a shallow bowl of dye. Once you've dyed as many eggs as you like, allow them to dry completely before filling them.

  3. Fill and Cover Eggs

    When you're ready to fill your dyed eggs, use a spoon to fill each opening with several scoops of biodegradable confetti. You could also fill the eggs with sprinkles or birdseed if you plan to break them outside. Once the eggs are filled, cut a piece of colorful tissue paper into a square that is large enough to cover the hole in the top of the egg (we cut ours into a 2-inch square). Use a glue stick to coat one side of the tissue square in glue, and place it over the hole, pressing gently around the edges to keep confetti from spilling out. When the glue is dry, the cascarones are ready to break open!

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