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« on: April 15, 2014 11:49:33 AM »

Cascarones (literally Shells in Spanish) are hollowed-out chicken eggs filled with confetti.

Cascarones are a Mexican Easter tradition. The decorated, confetti-filled cascarones may be thrown or crushed over the recipient's head to shower him or her with confetti. Having a cascarn broken over one's head is said to bring good luck.

I never heard of Cascarones until last year, when my cousin that lives in Houston told me all about this Mexican Easter tradition that is very popular in Texas. This year the girls - my twin granddaughters - are old enough to understand and have fun cracking the Cascarones, so I decided to make it for them.

After a little research, I substituted the confetti with Rice Crispy Cereal (non sugar-coated cereals are ok for birds) because I run out of bird seeds. I have a bird feeder and a hummingbird feeder outside my front windows. I enjoy feeding wild birds and watching them. I wanted to make the Cascarones as safe I could for the birds, avoiding colorful confetti.

To give a little color to the rice crispy, I used a few drops of vegetable food coloring (from my local Natural Food store) in 2 tbsp. of water (vegetable food coloring aren't as bright as conventional food coloring but are non-toxic for birds) To make sure the cereal was completely dry I baked for a very short 2 minutes at 400⁰ F on a baking tray.

Cascarones are usually sealed with tissue paper, but I thought that a crepe paper flower will look prettier. I also made a pretty egg carton cover, because no self-respecting crafter will be able to resist decorating the egg carton. Wink

The girls have lots of fun and we make sure to pick up all the crepe paper scraps and most of the shells from the lawn afterwards.

~How to make Cascarones~

1.  Gently tap the top of an egg.   
2. Peel away just a small hole. I use kitchen scissors.
3.  Empty contents of the egg out into a bowl.
4. Thoroughly rinse the egg and shake out excess water.  Let the egg dry.
5.  Dye the eggs.
6.  When the eggs are dry fill with confetti, bird seeds or non-sugar-coated cereal.
7.  Glue the hole in the egg with tissue or crepe paper.


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« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2014 12:57:18 PM »

I have never heard of this tradition either but it sounds like a fun one!  Your cascarones turned out wonderfully!

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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2014 04:28:15 AM »

Thanks for the tutee. What a wonderful idea. I think the kids at the school I work at would love this Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2014 09:16:56 AM »

Thank you for the tutorial! I shared this on our facebook page.

« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2014 09:27:52 AM »

We've had these for years at the Mayfest celebration the first weekend of May every year.  Different groups make them.  Our PTA made them for the fall carnival at school also.  Fun to do, but yours have a cuter top!
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2014 04:12:04 PM »

Thank you for all the nice comments. Wow! my Cascarones on Craftster FB page, thank you!

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