Every second year I decide to decorate Easter eggs. What happens is we do it and then I swear I will never do it again and then about 24 months Iater I forget that it is always a disaster and think it would be a great idea to make painted eggs from scratch! But this year I am wise and found “fake” white eggs that you can decorate to your heart’s content without worrying about “wasting” a dozen eggs and having the kids loose interest half way through. But if you are keen (everyone has to try at least once) here is a little DIY:


MATERIALS Raw Regular Sized Eggs | Pin | Small Nail | Toothpick | Small Straw | Wide Bowl | Glass of Water |

DIRECTIONS 1- Poke a hole at the top and the bottom of a egg. To pierce these holes, use a pin. Also, by using a plaster it will help prevent breakage of the egg. Make the hole you are going to blow through a little larger using a nail. Then make the end hole slightly larger, about twice the size of the first hole, as this is where the egg contents will flow out. 2 – Reach through the larger hole with a toothpick to pierce the yolk and break up the membranes that keep it whole. Gently push the toothpick in and out of the hole repeatedly. 3 – Set up the bowl to catch the insides of the egg. Hold the egg right above this bowl and hold up the thin straw to the small hole. Blow air through the straw and into the egg, letting the insides flow out from the larger hole. Do this until the egg is empty. 4 – Take a glass of water and pour it over the eggshell to rinse it out. Then blow out the water and any remaining egg. Shake gently and repeat until the egg is completely clean. 5 – Dry the intact eggshells by putting all eggshells in the microwave on high for 15-30 seconds or bake them in 300ºF/150ºC oven for 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can let them drain (larger hole facing downwards) for 2-3 days.