Easter around our house has become an ever-growing favorite holiday for our little ones. Hopping around wearing bunny ears headband saying “Look mommy! I’m a bunny!” We celebrate Easter in two ways. On Saturday before Easter, we do egg hunts and Easter bunny activities (like these Jello Jiggler Eggs). Then on Sunday, we talk about Christ and his resurrection by reading the story in the Bible, doing crafts, and making sure we keep the real reason for Easter in our hearts and minds all day.
One of the fun Easter activities we love to do is make Jello Jiggler Eggs. Now, I had never heard of making Jello eggs in my life until I married Trent. He told me this was something that his Mom did with him and his siblings every Easter. We made Eggs the first year that we were married and they did not turn out well haha. When we peeled the eggs the jello peeled off with them and it made for some very holy eggs…haha get it? HOLY eggs 🙂 hehe.
You will need the following “ingredients” for this project:
- 1 Box of Jello
- 1 1/4 cups of boiling water
- 6 eggs
- Small screw or needle for opening the egg
- 3 Bowls (1 for the egg white and yolks, 1 for cleaning the egg shells, and 1 to make the jello)
- Hot Glue Gun (If you don’t have a hot glue gun, you can use duct tape or really strong scotch tape. Be wary of tape though, you may find that if it isn’t sealed perfectly the liquid jello will leak out of the bottom and you will have a jello-y mess in your fridge!)
- A way to get the jello into the egg. There are many ways to do this, you could use a funnel, “flavor injectors”, or condiment bottle. I use a condiment bottle.
- Paper towels…if your kitchen helper is young, you’ll need a lot of paper towels. I would suggest putting newspaper down on your counter or table so any dripped jello or egg is easily cleaned up.
Step 1 – Let’s get cracking
To do this fun activity you will need empty eggshells – one for each egg treat. Use the screw to apply pressure to the pointy end of the egg. Slowly turn the screw while gently increasing your pressure on the egg. The screw threads will catch and you will screw the screw about halfway into the egg, then back the screw out. This will create a good size hole for you to blow the egg white and yolk out (the egg may crack a bit but, I just pull those pieces off and use the big hole to fill it up with Jello).
Note: Using a screw instead of a needle or nail will allow you to control the breakage and how open you want the hole to be. Tapping with a nail or other device could potentially crack the egg far more than you want and will lead to a mess of egg and shell. Choose the size of your screw to match closely with the size of your fill bottle. The smaller the hold the better the Jello egg.
Step 2 – Blow them out
This can be one of the most fun parts for a little kitchen helper! After you’ve created 2 holes grab a bowl to blow the egg whites and yolk into. Wipe off the top of the egg (where your mouth will go) and hold it vertically over the bowl. Blow in the top hole until the egg white and yolk comes out of the other hole. Keep blowing until there is no more white or yolk left inside. You may feel some pressure as you reach the yolk; just keep blowing and it will come out.
Step 3 – Clean them up
Once your eggs have been blown out, you will want to clean them up from the inside out. This is not a suitable job for kitchen helpers as it involves very hot water! Fill a pot with hot water, as hot as you can stand. Submerge each egg into the bowl allowing it to be filled with the hot water. Make sure that bubbles come out of the hold and that you hold the egg appropriately so that water fills the ENTIRE egg.
The membrane inside the shell may cause you some grief here. Sometimes the membrane will prevent water from entering the egg, you’ll know this is the case if you see no bubble coming from the egg. Use a toothpick or something to move the membrane aside to let water into the egg. Allow the eggs to soak in the hot water for several minutes!! When taking them out I shake the water inside of the egg to make sure it is really clean. Let the water drain out of the egg. If you want, you can blow all the water out of the egg to give the water an power wash effect. FYI I’ve never gotten sick from using the eggshells cleaned this way.
Step 4 – Dry them out
Place the eggs on a paper towel or drying cloth and allow them to dry before continuing. Tape or glue will not hold to a wet egg 🙂 You can move this process along by using the paper towel to dry the outside of them. I usually move forward after I have and dried them with a dry paper towel. I don’t worry about the insides being dry. Just the spot where I need to tape or glue a hole shut.
Step 5 – Close the hole
Get your hot glue gun ready, it’s time to close up those holes. Glue the smaller of the holes shut.
Step 6 – Make some Jello
This is where I do things a bit differently. Instead of making the jello according to the box I make it according to the jello jiggler recipe on the Kraft website here. Get your box of Jello and your 1 1/4 cups of boiling water (I totally boil my water using my electric kettle!). Combine them together in a bowl with a pour spout, if you have one (this will make it easier to get the jello liquid into the condiment bottle) until the jello has completely dissolved.
Step 7 – Filling the eggs
Once the Jello is mixed, pour it CAREFULLY into the bottle (if that is how you are filling your eggs). Put the open end of the egg on top of your condiment dispenser, flip it over, and fill up the egg with liquid. Be careful not to add too much. You don’t want to waste the jello 😉
Note: If you sealed your eggs with tape, this will the moment where you will know pretty quickly if your tape seal is holding. Allow the first egg to sit for a bit to make sure that the tape sealed well enough. Hopefully, it does not leak.
Step 8 – Let them set
Place the filled eggs in the fridge. Allow them to cool and set for AT LEAST two hours (I usually do it overnight).
This is a great time to use up those egg white and yolks!
Step 9 – EAT
Once the eggs have set, you can peel them. Be careful as the shells might peel off in small pieces…this can be a little annoying but well worth it.
We love these eggs and we had so much fun making them! If you make them I would love it if you would share a picture and tag me (@jesipetersonphotography) on Facebook or Instagram! I can’t wait to see your creations!!
P.S. You will have leaks and the egg shells will take some jello with them…There will be issues. But your kids will have loads of fun making them and you will all enjoy eating them!!
Want to see some other traditions we have? Check out the how to shoot your holiday series here which gives tips on the best ways to take beautiful pictures of your Christmas Holiday!