How to Make Egg Shell Ornaments

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Use blown, decorated eggs as holiday or even year-round ornaments. Depending on the colors and materials used to decorate the eggs, they are suitable for Easter, Christmas or as a seasonal motif. Removing the yolk and white of the egg without compromising the shell is the most difficult part, but with practice even a child can successfully do it. Use store-bought eggs as these have already been cleaned and have a white, even-colored shell.

Things You'll Need

  • Sewing needle
  • Toothpick
  • Bowl
  • Towel
  • Paints and brushes
  • Embellishments
  • Glue
  • Wire
  • Ribbon
  • Prepare the egg prior to blowing. Rinse the egg off under lukewarm running water to remove any dirt. Shake the egg for two or three minutes to break up the yolk and membrane inside.

  • Poke a hole in both ends with a sewing needle. Widen the hole in the narrow end of the egg to about 1 cm in size with a toothpick.

  • Place the smaller hole against your mouth. Blow into the hole, forcing the yolk and white through the larger hole. Place a bowl under the egg as you blow to catch the yolk and white as they are expelled.

  • Place the egg in a bowl of hot water and keep it submerged until bubbles quit escaping from the holes. Shake the egg so the water loosens any remaining egg inside the shell then blow it out a second time. Pat the egg dry with a clean towel.

  • Paint the egg with acrylic or tempera paint in the desired design. Glue beads, ribbon, sequins and other embellishments to the egg with white craft glue. Avoid covering the holes in the egg with the embellishments. Let the paint and glue dry.

  • Cut a piece of craft wire that is 2 inches longer than the length of the egg. Stick the craft wire through the holes in either end of the egg so it passes through the entire length of the egg.

  • Fold the wire over on the fat end of the egg so it doesn't slip out. Bend the wire into a loop where it emerges from the narrow end of the egg. Tie a ribbon to the wire loop to hang the egg with.

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