How to Empty Out Eggs to Decorate for Easter (and still keep the contents for cooking!)

Decorate eggs for Easter - Child poking hole in egg to 'empty' out egg - Create - CelebrateDecorating Easter eggs is a great activity for kids. To keep the finished masterpieces as decorations during the Easter season and beyond, you’ll need to remove the yolks first. Follow these steps to ’empty’ raw eggs, then you can start decorating!

What you’ll need:

  • Raw eggs (any number, but between 6 and 12 is a good amount for an effective display (allows for some breakages during the process too)
  • Thumb tack, sharp pin or needle to create a hole in the egg shells
  • Tooth pick, wooden skewer or metal cake tester
  • Clean bowl to empty egg contents into
  • Egg carton
  • Straw (optional)
  • Paper towel, cloth or baby wipe
  • White vinegar (optional)
  • Access to running water (e.g. kitchen sink)

What to do:

Poke holes in each end of the egg

With clean hands, hold egg in one hand (hold in your left hand if you’re right handed, and vice versa). Use a thumb tack or sharp needle with the other hand to carefully poke a hole in each end of the egg. Gently move the thumb tack around to make the hole bigger. Make the hole at one end larger to make it easier for the egg contents to flow out.

We made the holes at each end quite big to make it easy for Miss 5 to empty out the eggs. They weren’t a neat hole as they cracked a little, but it allowed Miss 5 to have a go with great success. If you find the shell cracks when you try to make the hole larger, try putting a piece of tape over egg while you make the hole.

Decorate eggs for Easter - Child poking hole in egg with thumb tack to 'empty' out egg - Create - Celebrate
Apparently this task is even more fun if you have your face painted as a fairy!

Break up the egg contents inside the egg

Over a clean bowl, use a toothpick, wooden skewer or metal cake tester to poke through the hole in one end. Gently move the instrument in and out of the hole repeatedly to break up the egg yolk while it’s still inside the shell. This makes it so much easier to blow the egg contents out!Decorate eggs for Easter - Child breaking up contents of egg with cake tester to 'empty' out egg - Create - Celebrate

Blow out the contents of the egg

Using a paper towel, cloth or baby wipe, wipe the area around the hole in the egg you’re going to blow on. Place your mouth over the hole and blow the contents of the egg into a clean bowl. If you’d prefer not to put your mouth directly on the egg, try using a straw to blow air through the straw into the egg. Repeat until egg is empty, wiping the area near the hole each time if concerned about getting raw egg on your lips.Decorate eggs for Easter - Child blowing out contents of egg to 'empty' out egg before decorating - Create - Celebrate

Decorate eggs for Easter - Child blowing out contents of egg to 'empty' out egg before decorating - Create - Celebrate

Rinse out egg

Rinse out egg under running water until the water comes out clean. Over the kitchen sink, we poured some water, and a little white vinegar, into the egg. We then covered each hole with our fingers and shook the egg over the sink. We blew out the water with our mouths into the sink. We did this a few times until the water came out clean.

Dry the eggs

Place the eggs back into the egg carton to allow to drain dry. To completely dry may take 2-3 days. If you’re keen to decorate the eggs as soon as possible, drain the eggs while you prepare your materials for egg decorating, dry the outside of the egg shell, decorate, then allow the decorated egg to dry completely for a couple of days.

Repeat the above process for each of the eggs.


Decorate your eggs however you like and place on display!

Have fun!


  • Get organised and set everything up before asking kids to join you.
  • Use clean bowls and clean hands when using raw eggs. Especially if you’ll be using the egg contents for cooking, to avoid risk of contamination.
  • This is a great activity for preschool kids and older. They’ll need to understand the difference between ‘blowing out’ egg yolk and ‘sucking it in’ as they won’t want raw egg in their mouth. Yuck! Mr 2 was too young, but Miss 5 did a great job.
  • We made the holes in the egg at both ends bigger to make it easier to blow into at the top and for the egg contents to flow out of at the bottom.
  • Keep a paper towel, cloth or baby wipe handy to wipe the top of the egg. This helps keep the area of the egg where you’re placing your lips clean from any egg contents that might come out the top during the ‘blowing out’ process.

Note: If you use clean hands and a clean bowl, you can save the partially beaten egg yolks and whites for cooking. We put the contents of each egg into a small plastic container, wrote the number of eggs and date on it and placed in the freezer. Once thawed overnight in the fridge they are fine for cooking in dishes that are thoroughly cooked. Such as our Easy Chocolate Cake!


Instructions adapted from: How to blow out eggs