Confetti eggs are festive, hollowed-out chicken eggs filled with confetti or small toys. Learn how to make your own!
Cascarones or confetti eggs are festive, hollowed-out chicken eggs filled with confetti or small toys. They are rumored to have originated in China and brought to Europe by Marco Polo. In Italy they were first used as a courting ritual, filled with perfume and then capped with wax. Men would throw them at women they found attractive. The custom then traveled to Spain and was later brought to Mexico in the mid-1800s by Emperor Maximilian’s wife. It was in Mexico that the perfumed powder was replaced with confetti. (source: Wikipedia)
This is a great craft to do with your kids or, you can make them yourself and surprise your kids with these fun eggs!
What You Need:
- Eggs (raw) – You will need to blow these out. [Directions below]
- Food Coloring
- Large Spoon
- Egg Cartons
- Confetti (or small pieces of paper torn up)
- White Glue
What You Do:
- Blow out the eggs. [Directions below]
- Gently place the shells in bowls of vinegar mixed with food coloring. I would use about 1/2 cup of vinegar with your favorite color combination.
- Soak the shells until they are dyed.
- Use a large spoon to remove the eggs from the bowls.
- Place the eggs down on egg cartons and allow them to dry completely.
- Slightly enlarge the hole at the end of each egg.
- Fill the eggs about 1/2 full of confetti.
- Use tape to close the hole in each egg. You can also place a small amount of white glue to cover the hole.
- Allow ample time to dry.
How to Blow Out an Egg:
- Holding the egg firmly but gently, with the darning needle pierce a hole in each end of the egg. Make one hole larger than the other.
- Pass the needle through the larger hole and, breaking the yolk inside, stir the contents.
- Blow into the small hole and force the contents out of the large hole into the bowl.
- Clean out the egg by running a little water through the large hole. Gently shake the egg as you rinse until the egg in completely clean. If you don’t do this the eggs will begin to smell after a while. Let dry on a paper towel.
- After the egg has dried, you can put a few drops of glue over the holes to protect the egg from further cracking. Now it is ready to decorate.
Egg tosses with Confetti Eggs are a smash! Arrange two lines facing each other and have participants toss the eggs back and forth, moving father away from each other.
Use Confetti Eggs at any spring party. After the eggs are filled, let quests squeeze them and sprinkle confetti over the heads of their friends.
For a more finished look, the holes can be covered with tissue paper that is dipped in egg white or glue to make it stick to the shell.
Find a lovely step-by-step tutorial here: http://rockiescrafts.blogspot.ca/2010/04/cascarones-spanish-for-egg-shells.html
Confetti Egg Image: Rockie’s Crafts