Eggs and dyes are the two central elements of Easter crafts. Decorating eggs perfectly isn't hard; just follow our tips! We've tried marbleizing, gilding, polka dotting, and glittering every kind of egg there is, from gigantic shimmery ostrich eggs to dainty dappled quail eggs. Here's what we've learned after all that experimenting: If you want to save eggs from year to year or turn them into ornaments to hang from the branches of an Easter tree (known in Germany as Ostereierbaum), blow them out instead of hard-boiling the eggs before dyeing them.
You can use our editor's trick outlined here, step by step, using an aspirator or bulb syringe (available at drug stores). Otherwise, there are specialty tools and kits that can be purchased for this purpose, two of which are Best Pysanky's Professional Four-Piece Egg Blower Set ($23.67, walmart.com) and Aunt Marge's Egg Blower ($14.95, amazon.com).