How to Blow Out an Egg for Decorating

Last Updated on February 26, 2020 by Diane Hoffmaster

Easter is fast approaching and Easter egg decorating is on many of our ‘to do’ lists this month.  If you are tired of buying plastic eggs or want to save your ‘real’ eggs from year to year, you need to learn how to blow out an egg for decorating.  We have attempted this project several times and have learned a few key tips over the years that I thought I would share with you.  If you really want to have fun with this, hand the eggs to your kids and then grab the camera.  There are some seriously fun Easter memories to be made by blowing out eggs!  Here are a few things we have learned through trial and error over the years.

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How to Blow Out an Egg for Decorating

How to Blow Out an Egg for Decorating

Before Blowing Out Eggs, Get them to Room Temperature! 

It is much harder to blow out eggs that are cold. 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.

How to Poke a Hole in an Egg Shell

Trial and error has taught us that paper clips do NOT work when blowing out eggs.  Neither do pointy bamboo skewers!  Learn from my mistakes…a sharp, very long safety pin is the best way to poke a hole in the shell before blowing out eggs.

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Get unsuspecting family members to blow out eggs for you!

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.

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Be gentle when poking holes in eggs!

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. Remember, when you blow out eggs, the yolk/egg white if fairly thick.  It can’t come through a hole the size of your pin head.

Make sure you scramble the yolk!

Before you blow out eggs, use the long pin to stir the yolk around inside the egg.  If you use a relatively long pin,  you can get almost through the entire length of the egg.  This will make actually egg blowing a lot easier!

How to Blow Out an Egg for Decorating


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.

egg with hole poked in it over a bowl of egg yolks and whites

Rinse the eggs under warm water and let drain before decorating.

Egg blowing and decorating can be a lot of fun. I hope this info is helpful for those of you who wanted to learn how to blow out an egg.  You can use egg dyes, decoupage, ribbon, or whatever else strikes your fancy.  When Easter is over, just carefully wrap your eggs in the newspaper and save them for next year. Check out these Easter egg decorating ideas now that you have plenty of eggs ready to decorate! And if this looks like WAY too much work, check out the egg blowing kits and see if they work better for you!

(post has been updated from a previously published post)

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How to Blow Out an Egg for Decorating

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  1. 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!
  2. 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.

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