Blown-out eggs can be used for many different springtime crafts. I first learned to blow out eggs from my mother when I was a child. When I did it as a child we used pins to create holes in both ends of the egg and literally blew out the eggs. Having one hole is much better for crafting so I have come up with a method that has worked really well for me and I am going to share it with Emmaline and with you.
The first step is to choose the eggs you want to use. I really like my speckled eggs but it depends what I am going to use them for. White works much better for painting the eggs but other times I want them to look natural.
The Supplies needed for this project are:
one hole egg blower pump
20-22g hypodermic needle
1/2 cup measuring cup
1 cup measuring cup
Lubricate the Plunger
Start by lubricating the plunger of the syringe in the vegetable oil. Plunge it down a time or two to disperse the oil in the chamber. Half fill one of your bowls with water to cushion and clean your eggs after they are blown.
Make Small Hole
Now you can choose your egg and create a hole using the tip of the egg blower pump. Make the hole on the broader bottom side of the egg. Be sure to puncture the inside membrane of the egg as well as the yolk. Be gentle around the edges of your hole as this can crack easily.
Now that you have your hole, hold your egg hole side down above a bowl. Use the syringe to instill air slowly into the egg. The air goes to the top of the egg pushing the yolk and whites out through the hole in the bottom. If you do not notice white coming out as you are putting in air, pull your needle out and reinsert. Sometimes the needle can block the hole too much. If it or the yolk membrane does this that is when the egg will break (sometimes loudly) in your hands. This is a little more common when you start. You will get better over time. It usually takes about 3 syringes worth of air to get all the insides out. Place the blown out eggs in the bowl with water and prepare your cleaning solution.
For your cleaning solution, combine 1 cup of water and 1/2 a cup of vinegar. If you choose to do more or less than this based on the number of eggs you have, just keep it at a 2 to 1 ratio. Some people use bleach for their cleaning of the eggs. While this is effective I prefer to avoid the harsh chemicals if something more mild will do the same job.
Take the bladder off the egg blower pump and fill it with your solution. Do this by placing the hole below the solution, squeezing out the air and releasing the bladder. This allows it to draw in the fluid. I then flush the inside of the egg with the solution using the egg blower pump.
Vinegar Solution in Bladder
After washing out the inside of the eggs, clean the outside off with the solution as well. There is usually some fluid that remains on the inside so I use the syringe to instill in more air, pushing out the remaining liquid.
The final step is to dry the eggs in an egg carton with the hole facing down. If there is anything left in the egg, gravity will do it’s work for you.
Blown Out Eggs
If you have pictures of the crafts you do with your blown out eggs we would love to see them.