How To: Make Blown Egg Ornaments

One of our most popular holiday posts is our tutorial on dying Easter eggs with pieces of silk. It’s a unique process that creates amazingly beautiful eggs and it’s always a shame when it’s time to toss them!  Many readers have asked if it was possible to use the same process on a blown-out egg so they could be kept indefinitely.  The problem that arises is that hollow eggs float, so they’re difficult to boil.  But thanks to one resourceful reader, we’ve solved that problem.  So today I thought I’d do a little tutorial about how to blow out an egg, and then create charming little ornaments from them- including silk-dyed ones!

First you’ll need to gather some household supplies.  Some people will tell you that you have to have special egg-blowing tools with special egg-blowing names.  This is a sham.  You really just need a baby snot sucker (seriously, isn’t that the real name?), a pin, and a paper clip.

You can also try a plastic medicine syringe (instead of the snot-sucker), the type you’d use to give medicine to an infant.  The one in my picture is much too narrow but I thought I’d include it anyway to show you the type.  You’d just want a much wider one (but really I think the blue squishy blower thingy works better)  You also need a paper clip, and in a minute I’ll show you how some drill bits come in handy as well.

If you’re going to save the inside of the egg for cooking, then make sure to wash the outside of your egg and make sure that all of the tools you are using are clean and sanitized.

Place your eggs in a bowl of warm water for about 10 minutes before starting.  This will make the entire process much easier.  Hold an egg firmly (you know, as firmly as you can hold an egg) and use your pin to gently pierce a hole in one end.  It helps to gently twist the pin back and forth first to sort of screw it in before you actually push it through.  (These are my husbands man-hands by the way.   Nice job honey, you’re a natural.)  Repeat on the other end of the egg.

Once you have a teeny tiny pin hole, it helps to have a teeny tiny drill bit (seriously, the smallest one in the set).  Gently “drill” through your pin hole to enlarge it.

Now grab that paper clip and unfold it.  Stick the paper clip inside the egg and swirl it all over the place.  The object here is to scramble that yolk up which will help it all come out easily.

Now grab the infant bulb syringe (I had to google that.  True story.)  If you don’t have an infant or former infant in your home and therefore don’t have 17 of these laying around your house, you can get one at the drug store for a very inexpensive price.  Like, cheaper than 9 months of pregnancy and then child-birth in order to get 5 free from the hospital.

Place it directly over one of the holes and squeeze over a bowl.  The egg will come right out of the other end.  If you meet any resistance, don’t keep blowing air or your egg might explode.  Give it a shake, or stick the paper clip in again, or increase the size of your hole.

Once everything is blown out, you might want to fill your syringe with warm water and blow it into the egg.  Shake it up and then blow it out to get the inside clean.

Once you’ve got your hollowed out egg you can do all sorts of crafty things with it.  To make an ornament, thread ribbon, string, or twine through the holes.  Using a extra long crafting needle really helps.  If you need to enlarge your holes to fit the ribbon, use your pin to gently pick away at it.

Just tie a knot at the bottom end and a loop at the top end.

To make Silk Dyed eggs,follow the instructions in this tutorial. When it comes to the step where you boil the eggs in the pot, use a strainer turned upside-down to keep the eggs under the water.  OR, if you can fill your eggs with water it will weigh them down as well.

After they come out they will be filled with boiling water.  Make sure to let them cool first, and then blow out the water.   After they’re dry, thread ribbons through so you can display them!

If you want to dye your eggs with normal colored dye, then dye uncooked eggs before you blow them out.  Try adding beads to your string.  It not only looks pretty, but it covers up messy holes!

I love plain, solid color eggs- and they look really pretty with colored beads.  These would be really cute with monograms drawn on- or cut out of vinyl.

I’ve always wanted to learn Ukrainian egg painting, aka: Pysanka, but apparently I have too many hobbies already.  So I settled for a Sharpie.

Turns out all of those years of mindless doodling in school was actually useful.  Way more useful than algebra at least.

I should mention I totally snagged this idea from  my little sis who sent me pics of egg ornaments she made last year.  She painted designs on them with black paint and threaded them with red ribbon which was so pretty.

Lastly, you know how much we love seeing your projects- so post them on our Facebook page so we can all oooh and ahhhh!


  1. It’s too bad my baby isn’t coming until July then I’d have one of those snot things already. Guess I’ll make this after I get my free one. 🙂
    I can not believe those eggs were decorated with a Sharpie. If you had not written that I would never believe it. They are GORGEOUS!! I’m green with jealousy right now. I can’t even draw a heart with out it looking like the wrong end of you know what. Sorry TMI. You’re very talented. I love this post; can’t wait to try it out.

  2. ooh, pretty! When I was in 8th grade, I made a Ukranian egg in arts an crafts class. We used bees wax, and special little holder/melter/dispenser things for them. We also had open flame to melt the wax. I leaned over the table and totally caught my hair on fire!

  3. I actually thought of this while I was out thrifting the other day and picked up an obscene number of silk ties, so I’m super excited to try it with blown eggs!
    Oh, and about the pysanki eggs – I’m Russian and go to an Orthodox Christian church, and that’s one of our favorite Easter traditions. Every year without fail, something accidentally gets set on fire… lol. Anyway, you should totally try it – you can get kits online for super cheap, and with drawing skills like that, I’m sure you’d be a natural!!

  4. I served my mission in the Czech Republic and hand painted “Pysanka” or Kraslice as they call them in czech were a big deal. No joke they have easter trees that they hang them on. They also make them at Christmas to hang on their trees. It’s nice to know I can make them on my own. And for the record, I got one from the big Easter Market in Old Town Prague that looks like it was painted with sharpee markers.

  5. My Grandma used to make blown eggs with all the grandkids every Easter. She used to take old cards, wrapping paper, anything with pretty pictures and she would shellac (not sure of the spelling there, LOL) them to the eggs. Thank you for the wonderful trip down memory lane. I am going to make this updated version with my own kids in memory of my Grandma Jones. =)

  6. I love it…anyone who has had multiple kids knows that you can find one of those blue (ours are turquoise) snot suckers in just about every room in your house from the hospital!!! Glad we’re not the only ones!! This looks really neat!!

  7. My husband and kids have been blowing eggs for the last month so we can dye them with all his old ties. But they have been blowing them with their mouth and a bulb syringe seems a lot less gross, as long as it’s clean. We’ll have to give it a try. Also, I love the idea of putting beads on the ribbon to cover the holes. Thanks for all the tips!

  8. Made these with my grandmother while growing up. We used wax to cover the parts we didnt want colored/ dyed , and then a candle(fire) to melt the wax off the parts we died. SOme of my favorite easter Memories.

    Your eggs are beautiful!

  9. These could not be any more beautiful or fun, but I am the world’s worst crafter (SERIOUSLY… I even failed a knitting class!), so I will just partake of their beauty vicariously through you! Thanks for the beautiful post!

  10. Love your eggs, you are very talented.

    If you want to see truly insane devotion to egg decorating, check out the folks at Evil Mad Science LLC.They developed the Egg-bot, a specialized plotter that prints on eggs.
    They’re here:

  11. Question: (and it has nothing to do with egg ornaments 🙂

    Can you use a store bought grahamn cracker crust when making the Chocolate chip cookie pie!? Please say it would work!

  12. Oh my goodness, never thought to use the boogie sucker to blow out eggs. Worked like a charm. I nearly passed out last year trying to blow out the eggs. Thanks for the tip.

  13. I tried Pysanka eggs last week. It’s rather easy but I knew it wasn’t something for me. You have to have some mad skills for design and I lack that. Not only that, I don’t want to spend an hour on one egg – no patience. Have you ever tried Washi eggs? They are from Japan and you use Washi paper and rice glue. I need to figure out how to do it without the rice glue. I think it could be done with elmers watered down. Just a thought but they are pretty and I still have the ones I made for my grandmother in my hutch. They were sent to me after she passed away. I especially treasure them now.

    1. They make “tissue tape” for scrapbooking, some places call it Washi tape, some tissue tape, but it’s super cute, and comes in all kinds of patterns & colors. Bet you could use this to do it, no other glue required… 🙂

    2. Years ago I saw a “Martha” show where she was applying a thin glue to the brown ceramic plant pots and then putting beautiful thin napkins on the pot and applying another layer of glue – or whatever it was. Anyway, it should be something you could find at a craft store if you get a smart clerk who can figure out what the heck you mean! Sorry, I don’t recall the name of the stuff. It WAS a long time ago. Hope this helps.

  14. Okay, these are totally gorgeous. My mom used to make these when I was a kid (her’s didn’t look near as pretty–shhhh) and I had completely forgotten about them!!

  15. What a fun idea! Also, I love that you used the nose sucky thing and don’t have to blow the egg out. That’s a sentence I never thought I’d say (or type) but really, it’s genius! Blowing blows!

  16. WOW! Those are way more intricate than I could ever imagine creating but they sure are beautiful! Love this site, just found it and will definitely be back often.

  17. wow…using a snot sucker is suck a good idea. We made them as kids every year but just had to put our mouth on the egg and blow!!

  18. woohoo! blowing out the eggs was much easier than I thought it would be. I had an old ear syringe which worked just fine. My granddaughters (14 & 11) and I are going to do the tie dyed eggs this weekend. I am so happy to know we can now save them. I’m wondering about the membrane inside the egg ~ will it just dry out or get smelly. Guess we’ll know later when they are stored and we can’t figure out where that smell is coming from ~ lol. Thanks for your tutorial on the blown eggs.

  19. Loved your idea of the snot sucker for blowing out the eggs. If you want to go one step further and spend $9.95, there is a FANTASTIC little tool called “Blas-Fix”, it is Gereman and known as an Egg Vac — works absolutely fantastically, and you only have one little tiny hole in the egg!

  20. I wanted to add that if you don’t have the snot-sucker, we used to just make one of the holes a little bigger and blow the egg gew out of the hole. I think I may try the snot sucker, but for those that didn’t have one handy I thought it might be helpful to know you can do it without one. Love these ideas with the silk dying can’t wait to work on it this year. And the fact that I can keep them makes me VERY happy. :o) Never thought of that.

  21. Pysanky is a spring ritual in our craft group. The designs typically include Christian symbols of crosses, crosshatch representing Fishers of Men nets, barbed lines representing the crown of thorns, waves representing baptismal water, etc. Wonderful hobby that you can do with your children.

  22. Love this. Thank you for sharing. The link for the tutorial on silk dying blown eggs doesn’t work. Can you repost information. Thanks

  23. I’m not a “crafty” person but I’m heading out to the drugstore tomorrow to buy a snot sucker! EUWWW what a revolting picture in my mind’s eye! Yes, single with spoiled puddytat here – haven’t had to use one of those things.

    After that, I have to head for the thrift store to buy some ugly ties. Blowing out the eggs is a great idea – you can keep them and not have an . . . odour . . . in your home in a few weeks. ROFL

    Thank you very much for the great idea.

  24. Curious – “fragile as an eggshell”. How can I make these ornaments less fragile for storage? I don’t want them to break after working on them – same goes for the pysanki egg idea. I thought about making the hole slightly bigger to allow for the tiny nozzle on a “Great Stuff” expanding foam can, but as the description says, it’s -expanding- foam. I’m not sure if the internal pressure would be too much. Would shellac, polyurethane, or something like them make the shell stronger?

    1. Anna, I just nestle them in tissue and store them in a hard-sided box. As long as your box can’t collapse on and smash them, they should be just fine.

      1. Couldn’t you shellac the eggs after finishing them? Shellac comes in matte and glossy, and would make the shells a bit sturdier, I should think. Perhaps the shellac would make the dye run? Has anyone tried this?

  25. On a different website I read where you can make a mixture of water and modge podge and pour inside(then drain) and paint on outside to make them stronger. Also if you are doing the blown out eggs and want to silk dye them instead of using the strainer to weight them down, you can add a washer or a stone or a fishing weight to the packet to hold down each egg as you boil/dye them.

    1. Thanks great idea.
      I ended up using a plate a a Pyrex measuring cup. After the boil for the sitting covered time.

  26. I pinned my husband to the kitchen table one night and made him help me with this. They are sitting on the fridge uncolored but he and my boys thought it was pretty cool to watch all the “egg snot ” run out of a tiny hole in the egg. Ah the joys of boys. I think mama is gonna handle the coloring by myself though.

  27. I am visiting my sister in Albuquerque, and she cannot believe your website; we will be using the silk ties, she is providing the silk ties, which is making it a lot easier for me. We are keeping it a secret from her the ladies in our family and can hardly wait to show them off AND share your website.

  28. I use to make blown eggs too as a child this year my mom did this with my oldest daughter…I would have never thought using a “boogie getter” to blow out the egg..we always went blue blowning them out with our mouths lol

  29. I’ve been blowing out eggs for years to craft with, but I never used the baby thing; Just my mouth. I’ve gotten it down to a science – with just a tiny hole on each side. My husband thinks I’m insane how I have to blow out the eggs every morning for breakfast and set them to dry on the sil (next to all the avocado pits I dry and then carve). lol. But seriously… No need for some random tool, just use what you’ve already got naturally. 🙂

  30. Is there a spray-on protectant that I can buy at a craft shop or hardware store that would reinforce the blown-out eggs, without discoloring them, that would strengthen them so they’d last longer? I have eggs I decorated for Christmas when I got married (40 years ago) that have miraculously survived, although every year or so we seem to lose another ornament when it gets knocked to the floor.

  31. We are essentially a homeless shelter. I’m always looking for things to do with my ladies that will give them a sense of accomplishment. This is a wonderful project and your wit and humor made it a joy to read. Thank you so much

  32. It’s really a v Gud n v v stylish way of decorating eggs.
    Well…..I wanted to add some suggestions.
    U can hollow the egg by just making a tiny hole from one side of egg only and then sucking the liquid out of it by a syringe……next you can put weight in eggs by pouring in it plaster of Paris (it will also prevent egg cracking during further processing and decorating) !!!!!
    Hope these suggestions will add up more to the happy reading of your fabulous page 🙂

  33. Since I volunteer over 1000 hours a year helping junior high kids learn MATH – algebra to be exact – I’ll just point out that it’d be tough to work with things like quarter cups if one had no math knowledge. That said, GREAT EGGS! I used to make an egg tree with my mom at Easter every year with blown eggs. We’d dye them and use tissue for transfer designs, paint them, use markers, etc. It was always great fun. My dad always managed at least one army green monster egg – too many dye baths – that inevitably took pride of place (on the BACK!) of a spray painted maple branch that was particularly gracefully shaped, which we used as our “tree”.

  34. I am going to try this tomorrow! FYI, our local dollar store has the “snot sucker-outers” as I have always called them! Thanks for a great tutorial.

  35. I loved the explanatory comment about the snot suckers!

    I wonder if there is some bit we can put on the drill motor to insert inside the egg and make wee raw omelettes that will come out easier.

  36. If you want to try something similar to the Ukranian wax eggs, but without the open flame and hot wax, you can get the same effect with rubber cement. With a very tiny brush or even a toothpick, paint on rubber cement in a design that you want to stay white. Set on a bottle cap or something to keep it upright and let dry. Dye a light color, then paint on rubber cement to cover the part you want to stay that color. Dry again (with a fan, only takes a few minutes), then dye a darker color. Keep going till you’re happy with the finished egg. When all is dry, you can lightly rub off the rubber cement. Look great!

  37. Should have added that you can be “in progress” on several eggs at a time. Start one, set it to dry, and start painting rubber cement on the next. I usually did about 3 at a time, and there was always one dry enough to move on to the next step. Didn’t take as long as I thought it would, and they turned out neat.

  38. Just as a suggestion, when you’re done making your eggs, instead of using vegetable oil, you can use Mod Podge (or other similar waterbased sealer/glue) to seal in the color or pattern, and you get an incredible shine! Then they will last year to year, and will be much sturdier than just the egg by itself! Even doing silk dyeing on brown eggs will look great, just a more faded look than if you were using white!

    I know in past years, your readers have asked about using ceramic or wood eggs for silk dyeing… Unfortunately it won’t work. You need protein-based materials in order for an acid dye to work on it (which is why it works on silk, it works on eggs, but it won’t dye the cotton you wrap the silk dyed egg with! It only stains it a bit, but the pattern won’t transfer to the cotton).

    For an edible twist on dyeing eggs or any other protein based fiber (this works on wool yarn, too!), you can use powdered drink mix or food coloring and vinegar! The drink mix doesn’t need vinegar to set, it already has the citric acid in it that will help the color set.

    After having dyed yarn and eggs with food coloring, I don’t want to ever feed that stuff to my kid, though! 😉

  39. i have always loved crafting and manners of art, but was a little disappointed in the imperfections of wrapping tightly for best transfer. i tried a variety of methods with similar results. Also wanted the transfer to be as bright and beautiful, so open to suggestions. I tried wrapping silk dry and wet. one whole piece tightly folded and others cut and folded. Also twist tied silk on both ends using floss, small braid rubber bands (liked these the best). Also twist tied on side of egg. as well as wrapped tightly w floss over egg in addition. (made no difference) in terms if vinegar to water i tried several different recipes and then increased time hoping for more intense color. All about the same. Maybe I’m a perfectionist but didn’t turn out as well as i had hoped. i wanted to use my late husbands silk ties and make these for family members in memory of him. I used thrift store ties first and will keep trying until i get better results. the wax applicator tool i believe is also available at art suppliers batik supplies. thanks for ll suggestions !!!! love this site 🙂

  40. I’m waiting for my silk dyed eggs to finish simmering and just read your instructions on blowing eggs. Wow!!! That’s slicker than snot, really. I’ve only done it the old fashioned way, just pucker up and blow, once was enough. Now I will try all the nifty little egg projects that want blown out eggs.

  41. I do Pysanky with blown eggs- single-hole blown using a little bellows thing I picked up in Germany called a “Blas fix” (It appears there are better ones on Amazon that I may have to buy!) After blowing the eggs, then rinsing and draining them,, I put a small square of paper towel in the cups of the egg carton and put the eggs, hole-side-down onto the towel squares to finish draining overnight. You could also place the egg carton near a heat vent or radiator to hasten the drying. I then use the wax in a large-bore Kistka to seal the hole. To submerge the egg for dying, I use a glue bottle and wedge it into the Mason jar my color baths are in to keep the eggs under. It’s a good idea to let the eggs drain over a paper towel square in the egg carton in case the wax didnt fully seal the hole!. Otherwise, you may have dye on your hands when you draw more lines with the melted wax heating the egg up ever so slightly! Learn from my experience! Lol!!

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