My favorite website for everything chickens is backyardchickens.com. It was there that I stumbled upon the idea for decorating chicken eggs for Christmas ornaments. After all, I had tons and tons of eggs and I think they are absolutely adorable. That and I am a bit of an Christmas ornament collector.
Blowing out eggs and making ornaments is not a new thing, just new to me. In fact just yesterday I noticed my Mom had two blown out and hand painted egg ornaments on her tree. She’s had them for years and I’ve never noticed them, interesting!
Let me preface this by stating I am not a crafty person. I try, but crafting of any sort just doesn’t come naturally to me. With that said, if I can do this, you can too, if you are so inclined. I will take you through the steps if you ever find yourself with beautiful eggs you’d love to preserve and decorate.
The first step is cleaning and blowing out the eggs. To be honest this step really boggled my mind, I had no clue how to do it, but someone mentioned taking a large syringe needle and simply pumping air slowly into the egg and it “blows” it out for you! Brilliant!
You make a hole with the needle on each side of the egg, and make the bottom hole slightly larger and simply pump with air and the egg will go out the bottom. I used small bowls and collected all the egg to make scrambled eggs.
Once blown out, you clean the eggs in hot soapy water, rinse well and dry. The quickest method for drying is to microwave, in 20 second intervals to prevent the eggs from exploding.
Then you have beautiful blown out eggs ready to decorate.
Now for the decorating, I really wish I could say I painted those eggs, but really they are rub-on transfers. You can buy a variety of these at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, or any craft store. They are even available online. I bought different kinds, Christmas, bugs, and some pretty design ones.
Now getting the transfers to stay put does take practice, as you can see I used too much pressure and broke this one.
I found using the edge of the transfer stick works the best for me. It does take a bit of practice.
Some more that I have transferred.
After the transfers are complete, they must be sealed. I used a spray on clear top-coat. Many people use Mod podge, but I found that when I painted it on it left streaks.
I also bought some metallic sprays to give a pretty sheen to the eggs.
Here is the dragon fly with it’s clear coat
and a slight satin finish. I used skewers to hold the eggs while spraying and drying.
Be sure your hands are clean and the eggs are dry, when you are spraying or you could end up with smudges like this.
Once they have dried. You can attach the ribbon and end caps to cover the holes with hot glue or super glue. Here I used a cover and ribbon from a broken ornament. But many people purchase jewelry bead caps to cover both ends neatly. I am still waiting on my bead caps I ordered online to come in, otherwise I would have more finished eggs to display.
And my lone finished egg.
Overall, although there are several steps involved, none are hard to do. The eggs were easy, but just take a few days to complete.
Day 1: Blow out, and clean the eggs and dry. Day 2: Decorate with rub-ons and spray to seal. Day 3: Glue and attach the ribbons and bead caps, let dry.
So tell me would you ever do this?