Cascarones Smash Eggs for Easter
Last year Easter fell on April 1st so we celebrated with a few Cascarones or Smash Eggs, but who says you can’t make that a tradition?
My goal in this easy DIY is to walk you through how to create pretty Cascarones for your Easter celebration. Since they do require prior proper planning, I wanted to release this post a month out so you can actually create these fun smash eggs. Think of it like a Piñata meets an Easter egg.
So what are Cascarones and where do they come from? Cascarones or “confetti eggs” were first seen in Asia, then brought to Italy by the explorer Marco Polo. The eggs were often presented as gifts and had finely decorated exteriors while the insides were filled with a elegant perfumed powder. The word cascaron comes from the Spanish word “cascara”, meaning egg shell. Today Cascarones have become synonymous with “smash eggs”, used in various celebrations and parties for confetti fights by kids.
Creating the Cascarones:
The collection of eggs can be done over a period of time, as you eat eggs, or all at once. If you are doing them all at once you In which may elect to save the eggs for a quiche, or frittata. Which I will be posting a few recipes later on in the month along with my Easter Brunch Tablescape. First step, is to crack just a small hole in the eggs. It is easy to just tap the large end of the egg with the handle of your silverware. I personally prefer a spoon, as it is easy to hold on to and gives you nice leverage. You want to tap the large end since there is an air cell located at that end, that makes creating the opening easier.
After you have tapped a light crack you will gently remove the shell to form and opening. There may be a membrane still intact after doing this which is perfect, and allows you to dust of the eggshell, and utilize the egg.Next I use a metal shish kabob skewer to poke through the outer and inner membrane, along with the yolk. I lightly puncture and stir the egg interior for easy removal.
If you have decided to utilize your eggs, I highly recommend shaking the egg yolk out into a separate glass bowl or cup. The reason for this step is to make sure you are not accidentally getting any shell in your egg. By using glass you can view the egg from all sides and remove any stray shell pieces. Then you can add them to the eggs you have already checked.
After you have repeated this step with all your eggs, you then wash the shells and allow them to soak in a bowl of hot water with 1/4 cup of vinegar. This will clean the shells and open the pores of the egg shells for dying.
If you are choosing to collect eggs over a period of time, save an old egg carton and store clean eggs in a dry location until you have the desired amount.
Color the Eggs:
Let me tell you, I love to dye Easter eggs!!! As a child it was always one of my favorite things to do. I love the colors and loved to mix them to make unique colors other than the 5 color tabs they had when I was a kid or the three colors of food coloring my mom had in the cabinet. It taught me a lot about primary colors and how to create secondary colors.
Today just for ease, I just picked up a basic Easter Egg coloring kits from my local Dollar Tree. I still fell back into my old habits of mixing the colors so you have several shades. Like mixing the red with a touch of blue to make a purple. Which is not seen above in the color kit basics.
My favorite color is turquoise. So you know as a kid, I had to figure out how to make an egg that color. Basically you take a blue egg and lightly washing it with a green to give it a slight greenish overlay.
You can do the same thing with a yellow egg and just dip quickly into the green to make a fresh spring green or a little longer to get a lime green. I even decided to try a few tea soaked ones this year. I wanted every shade in the rainbow.
You may have noticed that I use a spoon. I find this is a little bit gentler on the eggs and allows you to lift and remove them easier. I then stored the colored shells back into the same egg carton for drying. A great tip my husband came up with, was taking them to our basement and storing them near the dehumidifier. This dried them quicker and more thoroughly, so the confetti would not stick.
Filling the Eggs with Confetti
Here are a few of the items you are going to need to fill the eggs with confetti. Obviously, you will need confetti, which can also be sequins, cut up tissue paper, spliced ribbon or anything you can get through the top of the eggs. I do not recommend using glitter, since it is harder to clean up and can get stuck in your hair. I got to tell you I found the best confetti, and egg filler at the Dollar Tree. They also had a great color selection for the tissue paper and crape paper too. All for just a dollar! I know some locations with food also sell eggs and food coloring. So you could essentially do this entire project with a one stop shop.
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Once you have all of the eggs filled with your choice of confetti, you need to close them up. You will want to use glue or Mod Podge to seal the squares of tissue paper to the base and close up the holes.
I used a foam brush and just lightly coated the the base of the eggs. Then I stuck the tissue or crape paper to the base of the eggs and coated them with more Mod Podge.
Allow the eggs to dry completely. Again I used the same egg container and placed them next to the dehumidifier in the basement. After at least 2 -3 days the tissue paper should have harden up and the eggs should be completely dry. REMEMBER to keep them confetti side down while during to prevent it from sticking in the wet Mod Podge on the inside of the eggs.
Then bring them out for a fun Easter surprise or use them to decor areas of you home until the big smash day get’s here.
I guarantee that your kids will have fun tossing these around and smashing them into their siblings and family members. Just remember that they are real egg shells so the fragments left behind could be sharp, and they are guaranteed to make a pretty big mess, so it recommend to smash them outside.
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