How to Carve an Egg

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How to Carve an Egg
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Carving designs into egg shells is delicate work. You may have some shells break during the process, but when you complete a design, the finished product is a keepsake you can treasure. Different types of eggs yield varying results in color and size. You can choose the egg you carve based on your skill level and how fragile the shell is.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Remove the insides of your egg and clean inside the shell with soap and water. You can use a syringe through a hole in the bottom of your egg for both procedures.

  2. 2

    Ensure your egg is completely dry, then transfer the pattern for your egg design onto the shell with white transfer paper. Trace the design with a pencil, or lightly cut the pattern into the shell with a high-speed cutting tool.

  3. 3

    Cut away pieces of the shell to fit your pattern. You can leave one side of your egg intact to enhance the display of the finished design.

  4. 4

    Scrape away layers of the egg shell with different burs. Sand the cut areas with rotating disc sanders for a smooth finished surface.

  5. 5

    Buff your finished egg and cover it with a protective sealant before you display it.

Tips and warnings

  • Use an air compressor turbine cutting tool to etch your design into the shell. This tool is just like a dentist's drill.
  • Use diamond- and carbide-tipped burs for the best results when you carve your egg.
  • Some eggs have different colors as you carve deeper into the shell. You can add to your design by using these varying colors in the pattern.

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