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Confetti Eggs

A cascarón is a hollowed-out egg that cracks open to a shower of paper confetti, much like a pint-size piñata. Whether they're filled with confetti, trinkets, or small toys, they're bound to be a hit for Easter.

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

Although they originated in Renaissance Italy, the tradition of confetti-filled eggs have long been a popular part of Mexican Easter celebrations. There, the eggs are traditionally broken over the head of a friend, who makes a wish upon their impact. But whether you choose to shatter them over someone's head or to display them in a decorative holiday basket, these colorful eggs are sure to be a memorable addition to this year's festivities. For this project, you will blow out eggs, and then dye them in any color of the rainbow (allowing them to dry on a pin-board) before wrapping them in fringed paper.

 

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materials

  • Eggs

  • Food coloring or powdered egg dye

  • Scissors

  • Craft glue

  • Cardstock

  • Tissue paper

  • String

  • Craft knife

  • Paper clip

  • Funnel (optional)

steps

  1. Using a craft knife, poke a small hole at the larger end of an egg, approximately 3/4 inch wide. Slip an unfolded paper clip through the hole and pierce the yolk, mixing the yolk into the egg whites. Let the egg drain, carefully rinse its interior, and allow it to dry. Use dye to color the eggshell, if desired.

  2. Cut tissue paper into 1/2-inch-wide strips, and use fringe scissors to cut strips into fringe. Starting at the very bottom, draw a narrow ring of craft glue around the egg and carefully place pieces of the tissue fringe along the glue; cut off excess fringe. Repeat up the egg, spacing fringe strips 1/8 inch apart.

  3. Using a funnel, fill the egg about halfway with ready-made confetti or with your own homemade version (simply cut up several sheets of tissue paper into tiny squares).

  4. Cut a one-inch circle out of cardstock paper and puncture a small hole in the center. String five inches of twine or yarn through the hole and knot on one side. Tape the knot to secure. Optional: To add a name tag to the poppers, cut a small rectangle out of cardstock and add a name onto the tag. Then, string tie the tag onto the end of the twine.

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