How to drain small eggs without cracking the shell

Updated April 17, 2017

Decorating eggs for Easter is a timeless tradition for many families, and parents often lament not being able to keep the creative eggs their children have designed. Easter eggs are typically hard-boiled, then dyed or painted. Unfortunately cooked eggs don't last very long and even if your child has created a rather impressive work of art on the egg, you can't keep a boiled egg for more than a week. However, draining the egg whites and yolk inside of the egg while keeping the shell intact allows you to keep the eggs indefinitely, displaying them year after year.

Take eggs out of the refrigerator and leave them sitting out for at least 30 minutes to come to room temperature.

Carefully puncture both ends of each egg with a large safety pin or sewing needle making a tiny hole in each end.

Make one of the holes slightly larger by wiggling the pin around in the hole.

Puncture the egg yolk with the pin through the hole.

Hold the egg over a bowl and carefully place your mouth over the smaller hole.

Blow hard into the egg so that the egg whites and yolk comes out into the bowl through the larger hole on the other end.

Place the eggs you have blown out in a bowl of water to rinse out the inside, and then drain in the egg carton.

Dry thoroughly and paint or decorate the egg shell as you wish.


When blowing into the egg, be careful not to squeeze your lips on the egg to hard or you will break it.

Things You'll Need

  • Eggs
  • Pin
  • Bowl
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Based in Los Angeles, Zora Hughes has been writing travel, parenting, cooking and relationship articles since 2010. Her work includes writing city profiles for Groupon. She also writes screenplays and won the S. Randolph Playwriting Award in 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in television writing/producing and a Master of Arts Management in entertainment media management, both from Columbia College.