Egg Drill Guide

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Egg Drill Guide
Eggs that have been drained of their contents can be decorated and kept for years. (Easter eggs image by Maria Brzostowska from

Drilling an egg is a centuries-old practice that is associated with decorating eggs. Puncturing the shell can be done with a needle or by drilling a very small hole. Once drilled, the eggs can be drained of their contents.

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Drilling two holes is the best way to blow out the contents. One hole should be approximately 1/4-inch in diameter and positioned at the large bottom of the egg. The other hole should be smaller and positioned at the opposite, top end of the egg. Whether using a needle or drill bit, puncturing the shell should be done by applying a gentle but firm pressure until the hole forms.


Removing the contents is best done by blowing them out. Stirring around the inside of the shell with an unfolded paper clip or needle will break up the yolk. Products exist to force air through the shell to completely blow out the egg or it can be done by simply blowing through the top hole in the egg.


Once the contents have been blown out, the inside will need to be cleaned. Water can be used to clean out the outside, while a water and bleach solution can be used to completely sterilise the inside of the egg.

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