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Holiday Blown Egg Ornaments

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Tip: It’s much easier to blow out eggs if the eggs are at room temperature when you start.  

What you will need 👇👇

  •  Egg(s)
  • Tape – such as packing tape, masking tape, or scotch tape
  • Thumbtack, safety pin, and/or a skinny nail
  • Twine, hemp, ribbons, or other string to both hang and decorate the egg
  • Slender but stiff wire

Optional: mini jingle bells, charms, gems, beads, buttons, and other cute adornments.

Here’s what you do👇

Step One: Make holes in the eggs

First, wash and dry your egg of choice (or several). If you know your backyard chicken eggs well, choose ones with healthy firm shells. 

Apply a layer of tape over each end of the egg. You can use clear tape or masking tape, but avoid super-sticky duct tape. The tape helps to prevent the egg from cracking as you poke holes in each end.

Gently press a thumbtack into one end of the egg. I find it helps to twist the tack back and forth a bit (almost like a screw) to make a tiny indent in the surface of the eggshell and tape first, and then apply gentle pressure to push it in.

Repeat the process on the opposite end of the egg and gently widen each hole.

Step Two: Blow the egg out

Before you blow out the egg, it’s best to break up the egg yolk inside. Insert a wire, toothpick, open paperclip, or another long skinny object into one of the holes and poke around a bit. 

Poise the egg over a bowl or the sink, put your mouth over the smaller hole on the egg (make a seal), and blow air into the egg.

As you blow, egg material should come out of the bottom hole.

After the egg contents are emptied from the shell, run warm water into the hole, swish it around to rinse out the inside, and blow out the water. Repeat a few times. Now you’re left with a nice clean shell, ready to be turned into a properly blown egg ornament!

If the tape over the ends is still intact, you could leave it there to protect the holes for the next step. Mine usually comes loose by now so I gently remove it.

Step 3: Insert String (and/or Wire)

Using my string of choice, I use tape to attach the end of the string to the end of a piece of firm straight wire. The wire helps to guide the string through one hole and out the other side of the eggshell. It is key to use only a small bit of tape and wrap it very tightly in order to keep everything skinny enough to fit through the holes.

Gently insert the string and wire through the smaller hole, and guide it through the egg to exit out the larger hole.

At this point, I typically tie a double or triple knot in the string that is sticking out the bottom side of the egg, leaving a few inches of string at the bottom to attach charms to (or, snip off the excess later).

Then I pull the string up from the top end of the egg, so the bottom knot is flush against the bottom hole, and apply a bit of superglue around the knot and hole. This step is optional, but it helps prevent the egg from cracking further and keeps the knot from coming undone over time.

 Finally, create a knot and loop at the top of the egg with the remaining string. I add a bit of glue to that hole and knot as well. Sometimes I tie an additional decorative ribbon into a bow around the top knot.  

Step Four: Adorn and Hang

Now, decorate your blown egg ornament however you see fit! Add mini eggs, jingle bells, charms, crystals, ribbons, or other crafty items to give it some pizazz. You could even repurpose old children’s or costume jewelry, or glue things right to the egg itself if you wish. Have fun and get creative!

If the string or twine loop isn’t long enough as-is, add an ornament hook to hang it on your holiday tree. At the end of the season, we simply wrap our precious blown egg ornaments in tissue paper or bubble wrap and tuck them into a small dedicated box that we store with our other ornaments. 

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