Sunday, March 27, 2011

Cascarones! {My First {{And Maybe Last}} Tutorial}

Where I live in south Texas, April is kind of a big deal.  
In April, in the days leading up to Easter, we celebrate a thing called
There are many Fiesta events that take place here and we don't attend many, 
because the crowds can be overwhelming, 
as thousands upon thousands flock to our famous city
to partake in the festivities.

However, there is one part that I've loved since childhood;
and that part is 
{confetti eggs}.

Want me to teach you how to make them?
They're so easy that four year olds find them unchallenging;
and choose to spend the afternoon playing Angry Birds instead (true story).

But for me and my two gals,
we had a good old time making them.

Here goes:

Get your supplies ready:
 I am using a corn cob holder to poke my egg; I wasn't even that gentle!

 Put your yolks in a separate bowl for a delicious egg dish, set the shell aside for now.

To get the sticky residue out, rinse all the eggs out and turn upside down in carton to drain.

*Now, here you have two options:
a.  you can let the shells dry overnight and enjoy a good book.
b.  you can get a little stressed that your friends will be here soon 
to decorate and get your hairdryer out for a quick blow-dry.

It's up to you.

Quick note: Dying hollowed eggs means they will float to the top and color unevenly.  Make sure to fill the egg with the dye so it will stay at the bottom of your cup.  
Notice we put them in the holder upside down?
That's so the dye will drain out.
Don't be shy about stuffing those bad boys with confetti and glitter.
*Make sure eggs are dry when you begin to stuff them.

Don't worry about making the tissue paper perfect; the edges should be a little uneven.

Now for the fun part!  When your cascarones are finished, find an unsuspecting person.  (I found my husband.)  Knock 'em on top of the head with your egg (not too hard, egg shells break easily).  Watch them get all the confetti off their head.

Hilarity is sure to ensue.

Since this project is so easy to do and is perfect for kids, if you decide to make these as a fun addition to your upcoming Easter egg decorating, let me suggest this book as a read aloud:
Dance of the Eggshells: Baile De Los Cascarones (English and Spanish Edition)
Dance of the Eggshells: Baile De Los Cascarones (English and Spanish Edition)

What kind of teacher would I be without a little text-to-world connection?

Have fun!


Ashley @ Little Miss Momma said...

Oooo, I totally LOVE this tutorial! What a fun idea! so clever! this better not be your last one--I want to see more of your rad projects :)

Nina @ Momma Go Round said...

These are so cute! I've never heard of Fiesta but now I totally want to make these. I know LJ would have a BLAST running around throwing these :)

Lauren said...

You're right...those are easy. I'm totally gonna make them with my son. He would LOVE breaking those things. I think I'll do some with my 2nd graders, too. Thanks!

Tara said...

I've been looking for some fun projects to do with the girls. I knew about these eggs but never how to make them! I guess now I'll have to brave the mess and try it out :)

Just Me said...

I have never heard of this! but we are soooo doing it!

LaVonne @ Long Wait said...

I have not heard of this either. I love it! Very fun. My vote is that you offer more tutorials ;)

Visiting from SITS girls today. Glad to "meet" you. Your blog is lovely.

Long Wait For Isabella

Kimberly said...

This looks like so much fun! Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I love this post! We have made these every year since I was about five. It is so much fun. For kids and adults. :)