How to Hollow Out an Egg

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The best way to hollow out an egg depends on how you're going to use it. If it's important that the holes be small, you can pierce the egg with a paperclip or push pin and blow out the interior. If the holes can be larger, your task is much easier.

Hollow eggs used as miniature vases.
Hollow eggs used as miniature vases. (Image: Brooke Wolin for Demand Media)

Things You'll Need

  • Raw eggs
  • Pushpin
  • Paperclip
  • Manicure scissors
  • Dish

Small Hole Method

Step 1: Wash the Eggs

Wash the eggs with warm water and mild dish soap. Rinse and dry thoroughly.

Wash and dry the eggs.
Wash and dry the eggs. (Image: Brooke Wolin for Demand Media)

Step 2: Make Small Holes at Each End of the Egg

Hold the egg over the dish. Pierce the larger end of the egg first with the push pin. You may have to twist the push pin to pierce the shell.

Flip the egg around and make a slightly bigger hole in the opposite smaller end. Continue holding the egg over the dish, as the yolk may leak from the hole.

Pierce each end of the egg with a pushpin.
Pierce each end of the egg with a pushpin. (Image: Brooke Wolin for Demand Media)

Step 3: Enlarge the Holes

Straighten out a paper clip. Insert the wire into the end of the egg with the larger hole. Move the wire gently around inside the egg to break up the yolk. The goal it to scramble the yolk and white to make it easier to blow them out.

Use a paperclip to mix the yolk into the white of the egg.
Use a paperclip to mix the yolk into the white of the egg. (Image: Brooke Wolin for Demand Media)

Step 4: Blow Out the Egg

Holding the egg over a bowl, place your mouth over the hole at the small end of the egg and blow until the contents of the egg drain out. Rinse the egg thoroughly until the water runs clear.

Blow into the hole at the small end of the egg.
Blow into the hole at the small end of the egg. (Image: Brooke Wolin for Demand Media)

Step 5: Decorate

Use glitter and Mod Podge to decorate as desired.

(Image: Brooke Wolin for Demand Media)

Large Hole Method

Step 1: Pierce the Egg with the Scissors

Using the points of sharp manicure scissors, pierce the small end of the egg. Insert the scissors into the hole and snip a hole in the desired size and shape. Shake the contents into a bowl.

(Image: Brooke Wolin for Demand Media)

Step 2: Wash the Inside of the Shell

Wash out the inside of the egg with warm soapy water. Dry thoroughly. Decorate as desired.

Decorate the eggs as desired.
Decorate the eggs as desired. (Image: Brooke Wolin for Demand Media)
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