How to Empty an Easter Egg

We all know what creating Easter eggs means.  It means taking hard boiled eggs, dunking them in pastel colored water, and then hiding them under bushes and in trees for your yearly Easter egg hunt.  But have you ever wondered how your friends and family and museums and artists have created those gorgeous painted Polish/Ukrainian style Easter eggs?  Those Easter eggs that come out year after year and always take the place of honor among the Easter and the springtime decorations?  Well, making gorgeous heirloom-style and heirloom-quality Easter eggs is really not as difficult as you may think that it is.  However, you should know before anything that those gorgeous eggs are not hard boiled eggs that come out year after year after year.  Those are empty eggs.  So the first thing that you need to learn is how to empty eggs.

How to empty eggs for gorgeous Easter eggs

Materials needed for gorgeous Easter eggs
1.  Eggs
2.  A pin or a needle
3.  A bowl or a paper towel

Steps for emptying Easter eggs
1.  Use a pin or a needle to poke a tiny hole in the fat end of a raw egg.  Then wiggle the needle around little bit so that the hole gets slightly larger.  The hole needs to end up being ¼” across, or approximately the size of the eraser of a pencil.

2.  Now, make a hole in the opposite of end of the raw egg.  This hole needs to be smaller than the other one.  Insert the needle into the egg and push it in until the yolk is broken; you need the yolk to be broken so that you can remove it from the egg.  Then all that you have to do is blow into the small hole in order to remove both the egg yolk and the egg white into a bowl.  Next, after you have removed the egg from the egg shell, simply run water into the egg shell so that you can clean it out.  Pour all of the water out of the egg.

So, what’s next?

How to decorate an empty egg

1.  Draw pictures or designs on the egg.  It does not really matter what color of crayon you use; you can even use your regular, run of the mill white crayon on the eggs.  The wax will keep the dye from sticking to the eggs, so that you will get a fantastic design no matter what color of crayon that you use.
2.  The next step is to dip the egg in Easter egg dye.  Remember that the longer you leave the egg in the dye, the more concentrated and intense the color of the egg will be.
3.  Next, let the egg dry.
4.  If you are making these eggs with little kids, then you may want to hold on to the egg while the kids draw on them since it is difficult to hold on to an egg and draw on it at the same time.

For a really gorgeous egg, you will want to use a white wax crayon rather than a colored one.  If you want the design itself to be colored, then you will need to dip the egg in dye in several stages, letting the dye dry in stages and removing the wax.  Remember that wherever there is wax, the dye will not stick to the egg shell.