Cascarones are brightly colored, confetti filled eggs. Start a new tradition this year and make cascarones, the ultimate DIY Easter and fiesta party favor or decoration.
What are Cascarones
Cascarones are empty egg shells that have been colored, filled with paper confetti, and sealed with a piece of colorful tissue paper. They were named after the Spanish word for shell: “cáscara.” They’re typically used around Easter and fiestas, but are a festive addition to any party.
Coloring eggshells, filling them with confetti, hiding them for our Easter egg hunt, and then breaking them on the head of someone else has always been a part of our Easter tradition.
The day before Easter we had a blast making cascarones (confetti eggs). Every color of the rainbow was beautifully displayed.
Today we continue the tradition with our own children. It’s always so much fun to see each person’s creativity during egg coloring time.
The kids really get into it and every year they get more and more creative.
Make a dozen or more and celebrate Easter by breaking your cascarones over your friends’ or family members’ heads.
What is the symbolic meaning of cascarones?
Legend has it that it’s good luck if you have a cascarón broken over one’s head.
Will you be making cascarones this year with your children?
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How to Make Cascarones
- Prepare the egg decorating work area by covering your table with newspaper, craft paper, or a plastic tablecloth.
- Be sure to have plenty of napkins handly for little decorators to dry their hands on or to clean up any spills.
- With a spoon, gently tap the top of an egg.
- Remove the bits of shell, peeling away enough to make a small 1/2-inch hole.
- Empty contents of the egg out into a bowl.
- Thoroughly rinse the eggshell and shake out excess water. Let the eggshell air dry upside down in an empty egg carton.
- Dye the eggshells using an egg coloring kit. Add a splash of vinegar to the dye for vibrant color.
- When the eggshells are dry fill with confetti.
- Once filled, apply glue around the outside of the hole and cover with tissue paper.
- Make a dozen or more and celebrate Easter by breaking your cascarones over your friends' or family members' heads.
Originally published: March 2012.
Photos by Jeanine / Adorable photo of li’l Danica courtesy of my cousin Brenda