Have you ever thought of using real eggs to decorate with?

I have loved using real eggs for years. How do I do it? I have a little secret, and I can’t wait to share it with you.

The best part about this secret is that you can keep these eggs from year to year.

YEP!! You heard me right!! I painted this egg last year, and kept it safe to decorate with this year…

…and it’s real!!

Here is how it’s done:

Start by using a big safety pin and poking a few holes in one end of the raw eggs:

The next part is to use the pin to make a bigger hole out of those smaller holes:

Do this on both sides of the egg!!

Next, wash your egg off really well, and then…

This next part is going to seem so strange, but it’s the part that is going to allow you to keep the eggs from year to year. There won’t be any egg yolk left inside to stink up the house, or make your eggs rotten.

This part requires an empty container, and your lungs:

You are going to start blowing the yoke out of the egg.

It takes a little lung power, but the yoke will all just come right out, and then you can save the raw eggs for cooking later. I just save them in a container in the fridge.

Once you have finished this, then you run the egg under the sink and rinse it out:

Remember these are REAL EGGS, so you want to be delicate with them.

Next step is to shake the water out, and dry the egg off good.

Then comes the really, really fun part. We have dyed these eggs, we have colored these eggs, we have painted them, we have drawn on them with markers… the sky is the limit.

Last year, I did some fun hand painted flowers on these eggs…. but the only thing that bothered me were the holes in the top; so I came up with a solution for that to.

Here are the steps for covering up the small holes:

  1. Start by ripping up white tissue paper in small pieces that will cover the hole

2. grab some white tacky glue

3. round up a small paint brush

4. paint the egg with the glue around the small hole, and layer with one piece of tissue paper over the hole

5. cover it with more glue, and add 1 to 2 more sheets of paper and more glue

It is pretty amazing how it covers the hole right up!!

Next you get to decorate them. I enjoyed painting mine with flowers.

I used regular tole paint, and hand painted a few flowers on mine.

Pinterest has some great ideas. I have created a Pinterest Board here, just for some inspiration.

Another fun idea is to cover the egg in paint, and add a few fun decorations like scallops and polka-dots:

One last and simple idea, is to cover the egg in some sort of printed tissue paper.

This is done by ripping the paper in small pieces, using glue, and a small paint brush:

See how adorable these confetti tissue eggs look:

…and there is nothing more beautiful than real painted eggs on a tablescape:

The secret to keeping them from year to year is just storing them in an egg carton.

I have dyed and painted eggs that I have had for about 15 years!!

What do you think? Are you going to try this method?

I would love to know if you try this little Easter project.

And don’t forget this is a great project for kids too. They can color them with markers, or you can even dye them and save them!!

Happy Spring!!