Level: ECE, Primary, Junior
Grades: PreK - Gr. 5 | Age: 2-11yrs | Written by: Amy Schamburek
[Amy is the founder of 20ish Parents]
This is a great craft to do with your kids or, you can make them yourself and surprise your kids with these fun eggs!
Cascarones or confetti eggs are festive, hollowed-out chicken eggs filled with confetti or small toys. They are rumored to have originated in China and brought to Europe by Marco Polo. In Italy they were first used as a courting ritual, filled with perfume and then capped with wax. Men would throw them at women they found attractive. The custom then traveled to Spain and was later brought to Mexico in the mid-1800s by Emperor Maximilian’s wife. It was in Mexico that the perfumed powder was replaced with confetti. (source: Wikipedia)
What You Need:
What You Do:
- Eggs (raw) - You will need to blow these out. [Directions can be found here]
- Food Coloring
- Large Spoon
- Egg Cartons
- Confetti (or small pieces of paper torn up)
- White Glue
- Blow out the eggs. Click here for instructions.
- Gently place the shells in bowls of vinegar mixed with food coloring. I would use about 1/2 cup of vinegar with your favorite color combination.
- Soak the shells until they are dyed. Use a large spoon to remove the eggs from the bowls. Place the eggs down on egg cartons and allow them to dry completely.
- Slightly enlarge the hole at the end of each egg. Fill the eggs about 1/2 full of confetti. Use tape to close the hole in each egg. You can also place a small amount of white glue to cover the hole. Allow ample time to dry.
Egg tosses with Confetti Eggs are a smash! Arrange two lines facing each other and have participants toss the eggs back and forth, moving father away from each other.
Use Confetti Eggs at any spring party. After the eggs are filled, let quests squeeze them and sprinkle confetti over the heads of their friends.
For a more finished look, the holes can be covered with tissue paper that is dipped in egg white or glue to make it stick to the shell.
Find a lovely step-by-step tutorial here: http://rockiescrafts.blogspot.ca/2010/04/cascarones-spanish-for-egg-shells.html
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