A few years ago, a very dear friend introduced our family to cascarones, or confetti eggs…a super-fun, and very messy way to conclude an Easter egg hunt.

Assembling the cascarones is not at all difficult.  A few weeks prior to Easter, I begin saving eggshells.  I make a lot of scrambled eggs and simply use a butter knife to “tap” a small opening in the top of the egg.  After dumping the contents,  I carefully rinse each eggshell and place it, hole side down, in a carton to dry, to be decorated and filled later.  There are more than a few ways to decorate and fill the cascarones, but this is how we do ours, and it couldn’t be easier!  We simply fill each egg with confetti, carefully gluing a small disk of tissue paper over the opening and then decorate with magic markers.  That’s it…no dye, no drying…the cascarones are ready to be hid with the other Easter eggs!

And what fun!  Once found, the children take great delight in cracking them over one another’s heads or pelting mom and dad with them…I’ve saved two dozen eggs, so far, and the children are delighted that we will be hiding cascarones this Easter!

Another nifty use for your emptied eggshells:  roll up a small scroll of paper with directions leading the “finder” to a “treasure,” and place inside the egg.  These surprise eggs are a lot of fun and can be marked with a “?” to differentiate them from the cascarones or traditional decorated Easter eggs.

More empty eggshell excitement:  try your hand at pysanky.  These eggs are magnificent…I purchased a kit last year for my father from Ukrainian Gift Shop…I can’t wait to see what he comes up with!  Decorating Easter eggs is a favorite family tradition, in case you haven’t guessed!

How about coloring your traditional Easter eggs using things you may have around the house?  By using the following items, you can achieve nearly every color in the spectrum:

Lavender Small Quantity of Purple Grape Juice
Violet Blossoms plus 2 tsp Lemon Juice
Violet Blue Violet Blossoms
Small Quantity of Red Onions Skins (boiled)
Blue Canned Blueberries
Red Cabbage Leaves (boiled)
Purple Grape Juice
Green Spinach Leaves (boiled)
Liquid Chlorophyll
Greenish Yellow Yellow Delicious Apple Peels (boiled)
Yellow Orange or Lemon Peels (boiled)
Carrot Tops (boiled)
Celery Seed (boiled)
Ground Cumin (boiled)
Ground Turmeric (boiled)
Brown Strong Coffee
Instant Coffee
Black Walnut Shells (boiled)
Orange Yellow Onion Skins (boiled)
Pink Beets
Cranberries or Juice
Red Grape Juice
Juice from Pickled Beets
Red Lots of Red Onions Skins (boiled)

Eggs.  So much fun, in such a small package…