How to Craft Cascarones

Make confetti eggs for your Easter table decor

WHAT YOU NEED

12 empty EGGSHELLS
Small bowls or plastic containers for dye cups
Boiling water for each dye cup
1 tsp. distilled white vinegar for each dye cup
Food coloring
Funnel, or paper taped into a funnel
Confetti
Tissue paper in a variety of colors
Glue stick

Directions

  1. COMBINE 1 cup boiling water, 1 tsp. of distilled white vinegar and about 20 drops of food coloring of your choice in each dye cup. DYE the eggshells by dunking each egg slowly into a dye cup. LET eggs thoroughly dry.

  2. FILL eggs with confetti using your hands or a funnel. Using scissors, CUT a 1/4-inch square of tissue paper. GLUE the tissue paper over the hole on the egg.

  3. When ready, CRACK cascarones by hand or on a hard surface to release the confetti … and have fun!

Insider Info

Beyond confetti, you can also fill your eggs with many other things, such as glitter, small sheets of tissue paper or even colorful cereal.

Always cover your work surface with a few layers of paper towels or newspaper to protect your table from dye stains.

Want to know the history of this eggciting tradition? Hollowed eggs filled with treasures date all the way back to the 13th century!

Want to know more about this eggciting tradition? “Cascarones” is derived from the Spanish word, “cascara,” which translates to “shell.” In addition to luck, some say these eggs also have a religious meaning, where the eggshell represents Jesus’ tomb and the confetti represents the joy of resurrection.


While cascarones can be most common in the Southwestern U.S. around Easter time, these surprise-filled eggs are also used at many other occasions, including Cinco de Mayo, Halloween, birthday parties and weddings. They have even become a symbol of folk art in southern Arizona. Some decorators have turned their eggtastic creations into heads, small animals and figurines and later sell them at public events, most likely for others to display or give as gifts.


Emptying eggshells can be tricky. Learn how to do it like an egg decorating pro here.