How to Blow Out an Egg for Decorating

I realize that it is only February but I am already thinking ahead to Easter and creative ways to use natural decor items around my house.  One of the things I really want to do is start decorating hollowed out eggshells.  That way, I can save them from year to year and never again buy another neon colored plastic Easter egg.  The first thing I needed to figure out, though, is how to blow out an egg.  We have attempted this in the past, although it has been a long time and I have memories of it going badly!  Today’s experience went fairly well and I thought I would share what my husband and I ldiscovered while learning how to blow out an egg.

How to Blow Out an Egg for Decorating

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1.  Let your eggs warm up to room temperature before starting.  Cold eggs are much harder to blow out and trust me, you want to make this process as easy as possible!  I left mine sitting on the counter for a few hours before we got started.

2.  Find a very long pin.  Trial and error this evening has taught me that paper clips do NOT work and neither do pointy bamboo skewers.  Learn from my mistakes…a sharp, very long safety pin is the best way to go.

3. Enlist the help of unsuspecting family members.  Blowing out eggs is a fair amount of work and it will be MUCH easier for you if you don’t have to do it all by yourself!  My husband reluctantly agreed to help me out on this project.  He was a little bit worried about blowing his hernia right out but he seems to have survived unscathed.

4.  Poke a small hole in the top (narrow) portion of the egg and a slightly larger one in the wider bottom of the egg.  Be gentle but firm.  You will need to make the hole bigger than the diameter of the pin head itself so just chip away at the holes slowly.

5.  Make sure you scramble the yolk!  Using the long pin, basically just stir the yolk around inside the egg.  Use a long pin so you can get almost through the entire length of the egg.  This will make actually blowing the gook out a lot easier!

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6.  Start blowing!  Place your egg over a bowl to catch the egg innards.  Put your mouth on the small end of the egg and BLOW.  It will seem like the stuff isn’t going anywhere but just keep the air pressure going and eventually you will see egg white coming out.  Take a breath or two while you worry slightly about the possibility of giving yourself Salmonella poisoning. Take a moment to giggle at how silly your egg blowing teammates all look.  Then start blowing some more.  If the yolk won’t come out after the white is done, take your pin and gently stir it up again.  Keep blowing until everything is out and only air is coming through.

7. Rinse the eggs under warm water and let drain before decorating. You can use egg dyes, decoupage, ribbon, or whatever else strikes your fancy.  When Easter is over, just carefully wrap your eggs in newspaper and save them for next year.

I hope this info is helpful for those of you who wanted to learn how to blow out an egg.  If you have any creative egg crafts you would like to share, please feel free to leave a comment and link so I can check it out!  Now that I have all these blown out eggs, I want to get crafty with them! Check out Egg Crafts on Pinterest for some inspiration for your own Easter decor!


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Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician with two teens, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She has a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with Legos and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging full time. She currently deals with emotional tweens, suburban politics, and middle aged metabolism while sharing her opinions in an honest and down to earth fashion on her blog.


  1. Great idea! I have thought about trying this but wasn’t sure how hard it was.

  2. Digna (Autumn Blues) says:

    This is interesting. I have never seen this done. Your husband looks really red. lol. Eggs are so fragile. How do they hold up while decorating? I am curious.

    • I only cracked ONE while poking out the hole and they all held up to the blowing without issue. They were remarkably sturdy while I decorated them, too.

  3. It’s so funny that you posted about this because my family and I were just talking about it. I haven’t ever tried this, but always wanted to. This year may be the year!

  4. This guide does help A LOT! I have blown eggs with varying success in the past (I usually mess up about 1 in 3) but some of your tips really make sense. Temperature of the egg never occurred to me.

  5. Amazing- I have to try out it. Looks like a lot of fun- I know my daughter would just enjoy it. 🙂

  6. Crazy! I had no idea that you could do this!

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