Have you ever heard or seen cascarones? If so, you know how much fun they can be! If not, here's an easy Easter craft to do with your family!
Cascarones are fun colored empty egg shells filled with confetti. They are most commonly seen around Easter. They originated in China and then brought to Spain and Italy by Marco Polo. They used to be filled with powdered perfume and were popular with the women of high society. Not until they came to Mexico in the 1860’s by an Emperor’s wife, were they then filled with confetti. They are used in several Latin celebrations, the most popular one being Easter. They say that getting a cascaron broken on your head is supposed to be good luck or a show of affection.
They have become more and more popular and you can find them in several grocery stores. Now that I have my own kids, we have been doing this tradition of making them ourselves for years. We save our empty eggshells all year long. They are so easy and fun to make!
Here’s a quick tutorial on how to make your own cascarones.
You will need:
Empty eggshells (with small hole at one end and rinsed from any yolk)
Egg coloring kits, like PAAS (follow their coloring instructions)
Confetti (preferably the paper confetti)
Gift tissue paper (cut in small pieces, big enough to cover the holes on the eggshells)
Glue (Elmer’s glue)
This year we decided to use a different method of decorating the cascarones. Instead of dipping the eggs in the colored water we opted to sponge paint our egg shells.
The kids loved it! Just be careful because it can get messy and the eggs are very fragile.
The best thing about making your own cascarones is that they can be different and they don’t have to be precise and perfect.
You really can get as creative and fancy as you want! Check these out!
1. Stripes and stars eggs |2. Florals eggs| 3. Watermelons eggs
After you decorate your cascarones, (let them dry if needed) place the confetti into the eggs.
I use a spoon to insert the confetti and fill it a 1/3 of the egg. Some people do glitter, which I do not recommend because it gets everywhere and can be hard to clean up!!
Next, place a small amount of glue around the rim of the opening.
Finally, place the piece of tissue paper to cover the hole. And you’re done!! Easy, peezy!!
Our family has fun and can’t wait for this part of the Easter celebration. Seems like the adults have just as much fun as the kiddos.
Just be ready for the aftermath of the clean up!
I hope you get to make these cascarones and have a little fun with your family, making them and BREAKING them!
Happy Easter crafting!