The Misfit’s Manual to Blowing Easter Eggs

We have all heard of and participated in the traditional boiling and dying of Easter eggs, but there is an entirely different world out there for the Easter Egg Enthusiast.  Egg blowing is not a new concept.  In fact, it is a Ukrainian tradition (known as Pysanky Ukraninian Eggs) where eggs are hollowed out and wax, just as you would find in any egg dying kit, is used to create designs on the egg.  Once they have used their artistic skill to draw wax designs on the tiny canvas, the egg is dyed.  Upon completion, the eggs are saved as decorations or mementos for years to come. 

This is not a simple task in its original form, nor is it one for those obsessed with neatness.   However, it can be fun and made easy with a few short cuts.

There are many ways to work your way through this project.  I am the mother of a one year old and therefore do not have hours to spend on crafts and decorations.  Nor am I a perfectionist or artist, for that matter. Very often, I attempt to make crafts by following the rules or instructions provided, only to fail miserably.  My self-esteem is always put to the test. It is not until I tackle the project “ghetto style” that I can create a decoration that mirrors something out of Martha Stewart’s Collection of “Perfection.”  That being said, there is always a way to circumvent the pure insanity of blowing and decorating an egg Ukrainian style, without causing your husband to “crack a yolk” over your attempts. 

  1. Purchase Eggs at Your Local Grocery Store.  Pathmark had just what I needed once I fought my way through the congestion of shopping carts and steering-challenged seniors.  The trickiest part of this task, however, is to make sure the overzealous bagging attendant does not manhandle your eggs. You need your future artistic masterpieces to make it home in one piece. 

  2. Stay Out of My Yolks. Upon arrival home, clearly mark all egg cartons “DO NOT COOK.”  I learned this the hard way when my darling husband, whom I love most of the time, feasted on an omelet made from my coveted Easter eggs.

  3. On Your Mark. When you are ready to make magic, make sure to have all of the items at your disposal and ready to go. Here is what you will need:

    •    Raw Eggs, room termperature
    •    Egg Dye Kit(s) with Dying Cups
    •    Wax Pencil
    •    Bowl
    •    Paper Towels
    •    Brush-on Nail Glue
    •    Drill
    •    Smallest Drill Bit Possible
    •    Various Pattern or Plain Ribbons
    •    Either Self-Stick or Regular Jewels

  4. Hold Your Breath and Drill. Gently, and I mean gently, hold the egg in one hand. With the other hand, drill a small hole at the top of the egg, where the egg has a rounded point. Once completed, carefully turn the egg over and drill a second hole at the bottom, or opposite side of the egg. Be sure the bottom hole is moderately larger than the top hole.  I was taught this style using straight pins to poke the holes, but with time, I found the drill to be more precise and easier to work with. 

  5. Blow the Yolk. Once the holes are drilled, using your lips, carefully blow through the top hole. The yolk should ooze out through the bottom hole. Yes, it is as disgusting as it sounds!  Make sure to have a bowl placed under the eggs while you are blowing otherwise you will have one “yolk” of a mess. If you are a Frugal Misfit like myself and cannot bring yourself to waste the eggs, try preparing a hearty dinner chock-full of scrambled eggs or quiche!

  6. Get Ready, Get Set. Prepare the egg dying cups, based on the instructions on the back of the package. Cups are included in most Easter Egg Dye Kits. If, for some reason, cups are not included in your kit, you may use any type of plastic drinking cup. Just make sure the cups are big enough for an egg to comfortably fit in.

  7. Wax On, Wax Off. Using the wax pencil or crayon included in the kit, draw designs on the egg. Be careful not to press to hard. You do not want to crack the eggshell after all of the hard work you have already put into this Easter Craft. Be creative, but have fun!

  8. Dippity Do. It is time to color your eggshells. Dip or place the egg into the dye cup, and remove when the shell reaches its desired shade.  Let dry on a cookie cooling rack.

  9. Be an Eggsterior Decorator. You can leave the eggs as is or think about using ribbon and small jewels to add flair.  Ribbons, stickers, jewels, etc. may be found at any craft store.  If the gems or jewels are not self-adhesive, try applying the Brush-on Nail Glue in the desired area and stick away. It is guaranteed to work perfectly!


The egg is your canvas.  Be your own Picasso! Don’t forget to check out Easter Egg Hunt Must-Haves.

Estimated Project Cost (per dozen eggs):  $15.00

 

by Kristin Bennett
Contributing Writer



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