|Posted by holmfamilycookbook on April 14, 2011 at 1:19 AM|
Confetti eggs can make your Easter very eggciting!
Every so often I have some eggs that have really passed their expiration date and instead of throwing them away, I use them to make confetti eggs for Easter. Several years ago someone brought some confetti eggs to a Cinco de Mayo party at my house. I saw how much fun the kids had throwing them and breaking them on each other's heads that I have been making them to liven up Easter ever since.
Throughout the year I clean out the insides of the expired eggs and store them until Easter-time when I bring them out to color them and fill them with confetti. On Easter morning our next-door neighbors have an Easter egg hunt, so I bring a couple of cartons of confetti eggs with me. After the hunt, I hand them out and the kids (and some of the adult kids) have a great time breaking the eggs over each other's heads. Later in the day we have an Easter egg hunt at our family ranch in the Livermore hills and again, the eggs are passed out after the hunt for another egg smashing melee. From what I have read, most people hide the confetti eggs with the hard boiled eggs and candy, but knowing my family as I do, I think the hard boiled eggs would get smashed on heads along with the confetti eggs, so I think it is safest to leave them separate.
The confetti eggs are fairly easy to make and can be very inexpensive if you use eggs that would otherwise get thown away or you can try to preserve the shells while using the eggs for cooking. Instead of buying confetti, you can use the circles left in hole punches or shredded paper from shredders. I have been making my own confetti for several years because I don't like to use mylar confetti and I could not find paper confetti in the stores. This year I found paper confetti at Walmart in the Easter section. The tissue paper used to cover the holes is tissue paper that came in gift bags and boxes.
Raw eggs, fresh or past expiration date
Knife or other object with a sharp tip
Food coloring or Easter egg color
8" x 11" piece of paper folded in half
Piece of tape
Paper confetti (you can also use the circles from hole punches)
Friends and family that would appreciate an egg smashed on their head
Making the Hole in the Eggs: Remove an egg from the carton. Puncture the bottom of the egg and carefully chip away at the shell until you have a hole between the size of a nickle and a quarter.
Cleaning Out the Egg: Puncture the membrane and pour out the contents of the egg.
Wash out the egg.
Coloring the Eggs: You can use this color formula to color the eggs or just use an Easter egg coloring kit. If you use this color formula, follow these directions for each color used. Mix 3/4 cup of water, 1 tablespoon of vinegar, and 6 drops of food color in a glass cup.
Place the empty egg shell in the food color mixture. Leave it in the color formula until it gets to the desired color. Remove the egg shells from the color formula and let them dry. Instead of dyeing the eggs, you can also use Sharpie pens to decorate them.
Filling the eggs with confetti: Fold the 8" x 11" peice of paper in half and roll into a funnel shape. The hole in the bottom should be small enough to fit into the hole in the egg and large enough for the confetti to pass through. Use the piece of tape to keep it in place.
Place the funnel into the hole of the egg and pour the confetti into the funnel to fill the egg.
Cutting the tissue to cover the hole in the egg: Make a fold in a piece of tissue paper that is at least double the size of the hole. Continue to fold the tissue until it is a long strip as seen in the photo above. Cut off one square from the strip and the cut a circle from the square. You should now have several circles.
Covering the hole: Mix water with the white glue. Start out with 1 part water, 1 part glue and adjust as necessary. The glue mixure should be watery enough to easily paint onto the egg and adhesive enough for the tissue paper to adhere to the egg. Place one of the tissue paper circles over the hole and the glue and press down the edges. Glue down any loose edges. Place the finished eggs back in the carton tissue paper side up so that the glue can dry and the eggs do not get stuck in the carton.
The Finished Eggs. Notice the eggs that were decorated with Sharpies instead of being dyed.
Smash the eggs on some unsuspecting person's head!