Have you ever heard of cascarones? This Mexican tradition involves crushing a confetti-filled egg over someone’s head to celebrate. They are used for birthdays, weddings, and of course, Easter! This was a popular tradition where I grew up in southern California, and I am excited to introduce it to my children this year. Not only are cascarones fun to throw, they are fun to make as well.
To make cascarones, or confetti eggs, you will need:
- supplies for decorating eggs as desired
- tissue paper
1. Empty your eggs. I used a knife to crack the top of the eggs, then emptied them, rinsed and dried them. If you are saving these while cooking, I recommend emptying the eggs into a separate bowl. This method of breaking the shell tends to leave more eggshell pieces in the egg.
You could poke a hole in each end of the egg and blow the egg out, but it will be more difficult to get the confetti in, and I wanted to make this kid-friendly (easy).
2. Decorate your egg shells. We dyed these eggs using food coloring. You could dye them or decorate them with stickers, crayons, markers etc.
3. Fill your empty eggshells with confetti. We used cut up construction paper. It takes a LOT of confetti to fill an egg. An egg is about 1/4 cup. You will want at least 2-3 tablespoons of confetti per egg. Plan on at least 2 1/2 cups of confetti for a dozen eggs. If you have kids who are eager with scissors, or a paper shredder, utilize them!
6. Clean up all the confetti.
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