Spice up your Easter with this festive Mexican Easter egg tradition!
If you’re familiar with the Mexican birthday pinata that’s swung open with a stick, you’ll love cascarones too! Admit it. Smashing confetti-filled things can be fun!
What Are Cascarones?
Cascarones are Mexican Easter eggs, also called Mexican confetti eggs. They are colorful eggshells filled with confetti. They are often decorated with dyes or painted in colorful designs.
Cascarones are a source of delight for both children and adults. They add an extra element of fun to your Easter holiday. Making them is a fun family-friendly Easter activity. You can use the eggs in your Easter egg hunt, and then sneak up on one another and playfully smash them over each other’s heads!
Now that you know what they are, you might be wondering how do I pronounce cascarones? Well like most Spanish words, it sounds just like it’s spelled. Cascarones is the pleural form of cascaron.
One confetti egg = cascaron.
Two or more confetti eggs = cascarones.
How To Make Cascarones?
Here, we will teach you how to make Mexican Easter eggs. You’ll be sure to enjoy these quirky eggshell bombs with your kids! Set some time aside to craft the eggs, then incorporate them into your holiday celebrations. They make for a perfect spring activity. We’re also throwing in some tips on making your own confetti.
You will need:
- White chicken eggs (the more, the better!)
- Egg dyeing kit, markers, or colored pencils
- Tissue paper, cut into small circles
- Small glass, like a shot glass to trace a circle out
- Paper confetti (You can make this on your own, too! We’ll include the steps below.)
First, we need to start with collecting dry empty eggshells. Ideally, start collecting the eggshells weeks or even months in advance. If you have a good egg recipe that calls for a dozen eggs, then you can make a whole dozen in a single day!
- Find the smaller end of the egg. Gently tap it on the counter to crack it. Peel back the cracked portion of the eggshell. A hole about the size of a nickel is best. Empty the egg through the hole. Collect as many eggshells as you can.
- Carefully rinse the inside of the eggshells to remove the raw egg residue. You can rinse with a mild soap and water solution. Gently swish the solution inside the egg. Rinse well.
- Let the eggshells dry really well by placing them upside down.
- When the eggs are dry, you can start to decorate them. You can decorate with markers, crayons, and other craft supplies. You can also use a dyeing kit, and just follow the instructions on the dyeing kit.
- If you have used markers or dye, the eggs may need some time to fully dry before being handled.
- While the eggs are drying, you can cut out small circles of tissue paper. These will be used to cover the holes in the eggs. I recommend using a small glass like a shot glass to trace the circles. Trace enough for all your eggs, then cut them out.
- Next, fill the eggs with confetti.
- Now we will glue the tissue paper on the egg. Apply a thin layer of glue around the edge of the hole. Paste the tissue paper onto the eggs, covering the holes. If the paper is too thin, you can add another layer of tissue paper.
- Let the eggs dry again.
Now you’re ready to have fun with your cascarones! Keep reading for fun ideas on how to incorporate your Mexican Easter eggs into your holiday celebration.
DIY Paper Confetti
If you want to go the DIY route for paper confetti, here’s how:
You will need:
- Colorful paper scraps: glitter paper, construction paper, tissue paper, or metallic paper. Mix it up for the best results!
- Small hole puncher – even better if you have differently shaped hole punchers to add variety
- Decorative scissors
- Punch holes in the paper and collect the scraps. Make as many as you can with your assorted scrap paper. Set aside.
- Make longer pieces of confetti by cutting different lengths with decorative scissors. Make sure they are thin enough to fit into the hole in your eggshells.
Voila, now you have your DIY confetti!
How to Use Confetti Eggs
Looking for ideas to play with your cascarones other than breaking them on people’s heads? We got you. Here are some ways to incorporate Mexican Easter eggs into your Easter activities.
- Egg/spoon race. Place the egg on a spoon and walk or jump towards the finish line! For a more challenging version, try clamping the spoon between your lips as you make your way to the end of the race.
- Egg catch. Toss an egg back and forth between two players. The one who breaks the egg is out.
- Egg rolling race. Roll your cascarones on the floor. The first egg to reach the finish line wins!
- Egg high five race. Race to the finish line in teams of two. Each team should race with the cascaron between their palms. The two players who reach the finish line without the egg falling or getting crushed win! Indeed a challenge for both children and adults!
There you have it! You can now add more fun to your Easter celebration with these colorful egg creations. Not only are they easy and fun to make, but they can also serve as your family’s bonding activity.
Are you ready to make your own Mexican Easter eggs? Start collecting eggshells now, set some family time aside to make the eggs, and get ready to have some fun! It’s going to be one lively Easter for you and your kids.
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