When I was growing up, this planter always hung in Nanny’s kitchen. When she passed away it was one of the things I wanted to be sure would be in my kitchen for my grandkids to see. The one thing I didn’t like about it when I hung it in my own kitchen were the white plastic eggs that filled the upper basket. I couldn’t help thinking they just looked tacky.
When I decided to make some blown eggs for a craft project, I made some extras to replace those white plastic eggs. Aren’t they cute?
You can use blown eggs for so many craft projects. Check out my Pinterest board for some great ideas. If you have too many eggs like I do, you can even sell blown eggs on Etsy or Ebay. Blown eggs can be sold to crafters for twice or more the price you can get by selling your organic eggs locally.
Here is how I blow my eggs. Start with room temperature eggs (warmer eggs will flow out of the shells easier). I use a sewing machine needle to poke a hole in the small end. You can use anything sharp really – a tack, a small nail, a safety-pin. Use what you’ve got. Hold the egg gently but securely because you have to press pretty firmly to get through the eggshell. Twisting the needle a little can help drill it through. Then I use the small cone attachment on my electric nail file to make the hole bigger. If you don’t have one, you can just work the needle around to enlarge the hole a bit, but it will likely look rougher than mine. Repeat this process on the large end, while holding your finger over the first hole to keep the egg inside. Use a straightened paper clip to swish around inside the egg and break the yolk. You can blow the egg out with your mouth if you’d like, but since I like to save the egg to use later, I use a syringe. When the shell is empty, hold the egg under hot water and empty again to rinse out the residual egg. If you want you can use bleach or vinegar in the water to help disinfect the eggshell.
Some of your eggs will likely have weak shells that will break when you push the needle through, or when you are blowing the egg out. Expect to have one or two break out of each dozen, so it’s always a good idea to start with more than you need.
So now I have pretty eggs from my own chickens to fill Nanny’s planter basket. I couldn’t bring myself to get rid of the white plastic ones, even though I didn’t want to show them off. They are inside the chicken 🙂