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EGG BLOWING 101 and Egg Decorating Instructions

6/12/2012 6:42:52 PM

Tags: blown eggs, egg blowing, DIY egg blowing instructions, decorated eggs, Christmas Egg Tree, Easter Egg Tree, Chicken Eggs, Christmas Egg Wreath, Egg Topiary, Kathy Shea Mormino

 Egg Blowing Instructions and Egg Decorating Ideas 1 

You just collected your first egg and it’s spectacular. You're not really going to bash its shell on the counter, are you? ~gasp!~  Eggs can be preserved by blowing out the contents and cleaning them for years of enjoyment.

Looking for a fun craft project that makes a great gift? Decorate them for the holidays!

  Egg Blowing and Decorating DIY Instructions Christmas Egg Ornament 

  Egg Blowing and Decorating DIY Instructions Christmas Egg Tree 

Egg blowing isn’t difficult, it just takes a little patience and practice. I don't recommend practicing on a special or favorite egg as beginning attempts tend to result in breakage. The three basic steps to blowing an egg are: 1. Put hole(s) in egg, 2, Empty contents 3. Clean inside of egg. Using room temperature eggs makes emptying the egg much easier than with a cold egg.

STEP 1 PUT HOLE(s) IN EGG  

To blow an egg's contents out of the shell, two holes are ordinarily required, one in the narrow end and one on the wide end (where the air cell is located). There are many ways to get a hole in an egg. I have tried push pins, thumb tacks the Blas-fix® egg blower tool and a Dremel drill tool. The little tool that comes with the Blas-fix® egg blower was my preferred method until recently. The Blas-fix® egg blower is a commercially available product designed for the task it describes. It is available lots of places online, including Amazon.com for about $8.00. The little drill tool alone is worth the eight bucks.

 Egg Blowing and Decorating DIY Instructions Blas Fix Egg Blower Bellows 

  Egg Blowing and Decorating DIY Instructions Blas Fix Egg Blower Drill Tool 

  Egg Blowing and Decorating DIY Instructions Holes Made by Blas Fix Egg Blower Drill Tool 

   Egg Blowing and Decorating DIY Instructions Dremel Drill 

A friend shared with me an even faster, more precise tool than the The Blas-fix®: the Dremel, which has become my weapon of choice for hole execution. It is the most expensive of the options at $99, but I managed to talk my husband into buying one without much effort. He's always game for power tools.      

  Egg Blowing and Decorating DIY Instructions Dremel Drill Bit 

 Egg Blowing and Decorating DIY Instructions 

When blowing the egg out with lung power or an aspirator, two holes are needed. When using the Blas-fix® bellows, one hole is required. The center of the top and bottom ends of the egg should be marked with a small pencil dot, the holes are then made. The Blas-fix tool works by twisting the tool back and forth, filing tiny bits of shell off the shell until it breaks through the membrane.   

STEP 2- EMPTY CONTENTS  

Lung power, Blas-fix® or Aspirator 

With the necessary hole(s) in place, egg blowing is made easier when the egg is scrambled. To scramble, use a toothpick, an open paperclip, a sterile syringe/needle or the needle end of the Blas-fix® egg blower, insert it into one of the holes and carefully stir to break up the yolk. Be careful not to make the hole in the egg any bigger or chip the egg when scrambling.

If you hoped for a video at this juncture, I'm sorry to disappoint; egg blowing with lung power is simply not a spectator sport. After the yolk is scrambled, air is blown into one hole with an open mouth. Cheeks should remain inflated like a trumpet player's to maintain steady pressure. Chalza (white stringy anchor inside the egg) that clogs up the hole can be dislodged by pulling on it gently with a piece of paper towel. Oh yes, this process is glamorous.

If using the Blas-fix®, the uncovered needle is inserted into the hole and air pumped in with the bellows. The egg ideally streams out the very hole the needle occupies, but it doesn't always work as one might hope. In my experience, the bellows wear out very quickly, eventually cracking, resulting in a lack of sufficient pressure to get the egg out of the shell. They work great at first but don't last long enough. Calling on lung power or an aspirator is inevitable.

If using an aspirator, the open end is inserted over the hole and air squeezed in, forcing the egg contents out the other hole.

STEP 3- CLEAN INSIDE OF EGG

With the egg shell now empty, the inside must be cleaned. With the Blas-fix or a syringe & needle,water is injected inside one hole while holding a finger over the other. While holding the forefinger and thumb over the holes, the egg is shaken, then the water blown out of it. This step should be repeated until the water runs clear.

I like to dry out the eggs in the microwave to ensure sanitation. I heat them in 12 second intervals, four to six times. These eggs are hot when removed from the microwave oven (it's easy to forget).

  Egg Blowing and Decorating DIY Instructions Microwave Egg to Sanitize 

  EGG DECORATING IDEAS AND TIPS 

I made a Christmas Egg Tree and an Easter Egg tree last year. Dying blown Easter eggs can be made in the same way hard-cooked eggs are.

  Egg Blowing and Decorating DIY Instructions Easter Egg Tree 

  Egg Blowing and Decorating DIY Instructions Egg with Flower 

I use rub-ons or stickers from my local craft store.They're easy to use and look pretty. The eggs are finished with a thin layer of decoupage, applied with a brush.

  Egg Blowing and Decorating DIY Instructions Rub Ons2  

  Egg Blowing and Decorating DIY Instructions Decoupage 

I seal the holes in my blown eggs with bead caps and crazy glue. Bead caps are inexpensive and available at craft stores.

  Egg Blowing and Decorating DIY Instructions bead caps 

  Egg Blowing and Decorating DIY Instructions Bead cap on egg 

To hang my blown eggs, I use either bead caps with ribbon , elastic string or, my preferred method: ornament caps. I buy miniature ornaments and pirate them for use on my decorated eggs. No glue is required to hold them in place as the pressure from the little wires is adequate to keep them from coming out of the egg.

  Egg Blowing and Decorating DIY Instructions Ornament Hangars 

  Egg Blowing and Decorating DIY Instructions elastic cord 

 Here are some of my favorite creations using blown eggs.

 Marbelized Easter Eggs 

  Blown Eggs Instructions and Decorating Marbelized Easter Eggs 

Egg Topiary 

 

 Egg Blowing Instructions and Egg Decorating Ideas Egg Topiary 
  Egg Blowing Instructions and Egg Decorating Ideas Egg Wreath 

 

  Egg Blowing Instructions and Egg Decorating Ideas Christmas Ornaments 

  Egg Blowing Instructions and Egg Decorating Ideas Christmas Ornament Snowman  

  Egg Blowing Instructions and Egg Decorating Ideas Christmas Ornament Chick  

  Egg Blowing Instructions and Egg Decorating Ideas Blown Eggs with Scale 

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Kathy Mormino
6/15/2012 5:15:18 PM
Congratulations Jules!! That's so eggciting!

Jules Honeycutt Capozella
6/15/2012 1:49:02 PM
Our First Red Star Egg laid yesterday and we are going to keep it forever too !!!

Kathy Mormino
6/15/2012 12:09:01 PM
Thank you for saying so, Jody! My pleasure. :)

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Jody Pautsch-Wygans
6/14/2012 5:07:25 PM
Great instructions and beautiful ideas. Thanks!

Kathy Mormino
6/14/2012 1:37:09 PM
Elisha there are a ton of great projects to make with them all year long. Have a ball!

Kathy Mormino
6/14/2012 1:36:33 PM
And so it does, Whittni!

Kathy Mormino
6/14/2012 1:36:07 PM
Is it chicken-themed, by chance, Lynn? LOL!

ELISHA HUTCHINSON
6/14/2012 12:56:17 PM
This is great information! Made some blown eggs myself and I am looking for a great craft project to use them on. This burlap decoration is a beautiful idea! I would love to win it, not only for decorating my home but to get a better idea of how to do it for my friends and family!

Whittni O'Brien
6/14/2012 5:32:08 AM
I hope this doubles my chance to win!

Lynn Gray
6/14/2012 4:31:45 AM
The Burlap and Blown Eggs centerpiece is one of the prettiest I have seen! I absolutely love it. It would go so perfectly in my newly remodeled/redecorated living room!

Kathy Mormino
6/14/2012 3:27:05 AM
Hi Pam. I'm not quite sure what you're asking, sorry. :(

pam rodrigues
6/14/2012 1:36:06 AM
hi im new to blogging. Do you blog here about crafting w/ eggs or go to the blog section at top of page & pick one? thanks

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 10:54:22 PM
How old are they Felicia?

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 10:54:09 PM
Sorry Heidi! I was typing as fast as I could. LOL

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 10:53:50 PM
Thank you Christina! Have a blast!

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 10:53:36 PM
Thank you Spencer. They're really inexpensive and available all over the internet.

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 10:53:07 PM
Thanks Brya! :)

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 10:52:54 PM
You're welcome. Have fun!

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 10:52:37 PM
My pleasure Nikki! I'd love to see how yours come out! Start collecting and blowing eggs out now because molting in the fall tends to interfere with production and then the holiday madness begins soon thereafter! :)

Felicia Johnson
6/13/2012 10:34:01 PM
I am so excited to make christmas ornaments. My girls can't start laying soon enough.

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 9:44:44 PM
LOL, thanks Kerri. :)

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 9:44:33 PM
Shelly, I think that would be gorgeous! I'd love to see them when you're finished!

Heidi Newman
6/13/2012 7:29:00 PM
So sad I didn't see this before my first egg 2 saturdays ago. BOOHOO! I would have done it for sure!

Christina Ramos
6/13/2012 7:22:29 PM
I love all these ideas! Can't wait to get started.

Spencer Noble
6/13/2012 7:16:53 PM
That is very neat.. I will have to get one of those small kits for blowing out the egg.

Brya Rahn
6/13/2012 7:10:18 PM
awesome ideas I love it :)

Elissa Shriver
6/13/2012 7:07:43 PM
I didn't even know you could do this! I am very excited to get out there and try some of these wonderful ideas. Thank you!

NIKKI ASHLEY
6/13/2012 7:04:52 PM
I can't wait to order my Blas-fix kit. I have been dying to try this and I have so many ideas floating around my head for Christmas decorating! Thanks for all the great tips and ideas!

SHELLY WADE
6/13/2012 6:57:18 PM
I finally read my Blas-fix directions & figured out the one hole method. I love all of your egg decorating ideas. I also think decoupaging dried pressed flowers such as pansies on them would be beautiful for Easter. I'm storing up some pretty eggs I've blown out this summer for crafting with this fall & winter. Great blog!!! Thanks!!!

Kerri Bachler-Connor
6/13/2012 6:50:46 PM
COOOOOL!!!



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