Making Cascarones

Sabrina is enrolled in Spanish I this year, and her teacher, Senora Hesselbein,  has incorporated some of the Hispanic traditions and history into the curriculum.  Sabrina has come home with interesting facts, as well as, assignments.  This past week, she had the option to earn a few points of extra credit.  The task:  making cascarones.

Cascarones are eggs that have been hollowed, filled with confetti and decorated.  They were first used in Asia, and were have thought to have been brought to Italy by Marco Polo. From there the idea spread to Spain, and later to the Americas.  Translated, the word means eggshell.

Intrigued, I got out my camera, recording each step, thinking that, perhaps, this might be a new found tradition for the Jones household.

Step 1.  Poke a hole in each side of the egg.  We realized that extreme care had to be taken with this, as there were a few casualties in the process.  One hole needs to be larger so that it can be filled with confetti.

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Sabrina is using just the right amount of pressure to make the hole.
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What the smaller hole should look like.

Step 2.  Blow the yolk and white out of the eggshell.  I think Sabrina may have gagged a bit from this step, but suffering a bit is always worth it when it comes to extra credit!

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Step 3
.  Wash the eggs, inside and out…..

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..and then set them out to dry overnight.

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Step 4
. Cut up some confetti.  Sabrina had some old scrapbook paper that worked well for this project.

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Step 5
.  Fill the eggs with the confetti.  We cut up way too much paper!

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Step 6
.  Color the eggs.  Since she didn’t know where my stash of dye was, Sabrina decided to color them with markers….

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…I thought they turned out great!   We decided that, since they seemed a bit wet, it would be best to let them dry overnight before completing the process.

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Step 7
.  Decorate the eggs.  We used paint pens that I had purchased for another project, drawing swirls, polka dots, starbursts and stars on them.

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Step 8
.  Seal the large hole so that the confetti doesn’t fall out.  We used decorative scrapbook tape, though any tape would have sufficed.

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Step 9.
 Enjoy!  This could mean one of two things:  displaying them or cracking them on the head of a friend or family member!  We chose the former of the two, as the latter was done in class!

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This project was easy, even for a non-crafty person like me, and the eggs turned out really cute! I appreciate Senora Hesselbein for introducing us this new twist on the Easter Egg.  They might well be seen in our household for Easters to come!

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2 thoughts on “Making Cascarones

  1. Wonderful! We just finished crushing cascarones over one another’s heads! This is an Easter tradition we began a few years ago when my older boys became old enough to make the cascarones for class. It’s a lot of fun and for us holds sweet Easter significance. Great job, “Catarina” y Madre!

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