How to Decorate Easter Eggs, Waste-free!

A bowl of waste free painted Easter eggs

If you love decorating eggs for Easter, but don’t like hard-boiling eggs that will go bad or start to smell in a few weeks, egg blowing is the answer! Blow out your eggs, saving their eggy insides to use up in recipes later (such as a family frittata or quiche). This leaves you with hollow eggs with a shell that is still intact. This way your precious family-decorated, waste free Easter eggs will last forever. Easter decorations you can reuse every year!

Here’s how to blow out an egg leaving the hollow shell intact.


You will need bowls, a needle or pin, a toothpick, a wooden or metal BBQ skewer, white eggs, and a tea towel.

Step 1.

Poke holes in both ends of the egg with a needle or straight pin and poke a hole into the top (skinnier) end of the egg. Wiggle the pin around a bit to make the hole just a little bit wider than the pin and to help break up the yolk inside the egg.

Flip the egg over (over your bowl to catch anything that drips out) and poke a second hole on the other end of the egg. Make the hole on the bottom end of the egg a little bigger than the hole on the top; this is the hole all the eggy insides will come out through. Use a BBQ skewer to make the hole larger if needed.

Step 2:

Shake the egg up to scramble the insides, or poke the needle in and out a few times to help break up the yolk. This will help it blow out of its shell.

Step 3:

Blow the egg out of the shell! Hold the egg over your bowl (bottom/fatter side down) and blow through the hole at the top of the egg. Like blowing up a balloon, sometimes it can be a little tough. If it’s too hard, try making the bottom hole slightly larger. Make sure to blow out as much of the egg as possible. Wash and dry, then decorate! Set the egg aside to dry.

I like fitting it over a slightly larger ramekin so the bottom/fatter side is pointing down letting any water drip out of the egg shell. Once it’s dry you can decorate it however you’d like, and it should last for years!

To Dye Eggs Naturally:

Place white blown eggs in naturally dyed water for up to 1 hour or until the desired colour is achieved. Here are some cool waste-free all-natural foodie items you may find hanging around in your kitchen that when steeped in water and a little vinegar can make dyes for decorating eggs.

For every 1 cup of dyed water add 1 tbsp of white vinegar. Also, eggs will float, so you may need something to weigh them down a bit like a plate.

You can use: tea, dried hibiscus, ground turmeric, shredded beet, chopped purple cabbage, onions skins, wrinkled blueberries, spinach, and/or red wine.

We hope you enjoyed learning about how to decorate Easter eggs, waste free!

Want to learn how to make Christine’s Easter Goodies featured on The Social? Check out her Easter-inspired recipes here.