Giving Easter eggs as gifts


As you can see from my previous posts, we are up to our eyeballs in decorated Easter eggs! Some on our tree, some in holders, and the rest are going to the Grandparent’s as Easter gifts. We are bringing some along to the festivities this weekend and mailing others to family who won’t be here. I was trying to figure out ideas for “presentation” and also packaging for sending them in the mail. Opening up a can of coconut cream for a tasty Paleo treat today, it dawned on me that the can would be perfect for both presentation and package. A cute little can basket, that also serves as a solid vessel to mail the egg in so it will arrive intact at Grandma and Grandpa’s on Easter in one piece. So Ellie got out her colored pencils and we got started. I think it turned out pretty cute!


  • tin cans with labels peeled off (and washed out of course)
  • paper
  • pencils
  • tape
  • pipe cleaners


  • Cut a strip of paper large enough to cover the can where the label had been.
  • Decorate the label
  • Tape it to the can
  • Tape the pipe cleaners to the inside and make a little handle for the “basket”
  • Fill with tissue place the egg inside and voila…a basket that can be mailed and keep your precious egg intact!




If you need more ideas for decorating your eggs, check out these posts:

How to dye eggs with onion skins


We are having an Easter egg decorating extravaganza in our house lately. We have blown out eggs and drawn on them, hardboiled eggs and dyed them, and now we are trying out a method that takes a bit more time but is well worth the effort. Using onion skins creates the most beautiful patterns on the eggs. I have dyed hard-boiled eggs with onion skins before and absolutely hated cracking them and destroying the beautiful marbelized eggshell. So this year I blew out the contents of the eggs and dyed the shells. This way I can enjoy my eggs for years to come. Yes, I am an Easter nerd! Here is how to make them:


  • white eggs (you can either blow out the eggs out or boil them as is and get hard-boiled eggs out of the process)
  • red onion skins (try to keep them as big as possible)
  • rubber-bands
  • cheesecloth (or you can use cloth napkins, but cheesecloth works best)
  • 1 quart water
  • 2 Tbsp vinegar


  • Peel onion and place the skins in a pile
  • Wrap each egg in an onion skin, covering the entire egg
  • Wrap egg and onion skin with cheesecloth and secure it with a rubber-band
  • Bring water to a boil and lower the wrapped egg into the water. Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to the water
  • Boil for 20 minutes
  • Remove eggs and let cool completely
  • Unwrap and enjoy

Put them on display on your Easter egg tree or make cute stands for them.

The easy way to blow out Easter eggs for decorating!


So, I picked up this handy little tool at a Ukrainian Egg decorating store about 5 years ago and we use it every year to blow out the eggs we decorate and hang on our egg-tree. This year our egg-tree is so full that we had to make egg holders for the leftover eggs. For anyone who has drilled holes in eggs and tried to blow out the contents with your mouth…and then experienced TMJ and ear pain (ouch!), this is the tool you have to pick up!

Here’s how it works…

  • Use the “drilling” tool to drill a hole in the egg (I didn’t take a picture of that part but its on the package photo). Only drill one hole
  • Use the “pumping” tool to pierce and blow out the egg contents through that hole. It basically creates a high pressure inside of the egg that forces the contents out through the hole and the shell remains intact for you to decorate
  • Decorate the eggs and keep them to hang on your egg-tree every year



the instructions on the back of the package


a carton full of eggs to decorate


Here is one of the eggs that I decorated for the egg-tree this year

Toilet paper roll egg holders for Easter


Today we decided that all of the eggs that we have been decorating needed some stands to put them on display. Also, because our Easter egg tree has reached maximum egg capacity and cannot hold even one more egg before it falls over. So, we looked around the house and found a few supplies and this is what we came up with.


  • toilet paper rolls with 1 sheet toilet paper left on (or you could cut and paste paper onto them)
  • craft supplies for eyes, ears, noses
  • tape and glue
  • scissors


See image below (please excuse my goofy drawings)