Make a candle in an eggshell

Eggshell candle (Photo: Nance Carter)

Eggshell candle/Nance Carter

Happy Spring!  Happy Easter!  Happy Ostara!  We are finally done with Winter and I wanted a simple craft to add to my Easter table.  I saw online how cute an eggshell filled with wax can look so I recreated the idea in the easiest and least expensive way possible.

Colored Easter eggs/Nance Carter

Colored Easter eggs/Nance Carter

Begin with clean, dry, colored hard boiled Easter eggs.  I don’t know why some of my darker ones came out blotchy.  If someone knows, please drop me a line.  Anyway, have fun coloring them with the kids.  Use glitter, stickers, paint, whatever you like.

Remove the egg/Nance Carter

Remove the egg/Nance Carter

Remove the cooked egg, while trying to keep about half the shell.  Keep the top edge jagged.  I found it easy to get the top half with the yolk out first, then I pulled the other half of the white out.  Dry the inside with a paper towel and peel off any extra membrane.

Tealight/Nance Carter

Tealight/Nance Carter

I was going to make a trip to Michaels or A.C. Moore to buy wax and wicks, then I remembered looking up directions for some craft a while ago that used tealights.  I thought that would be much easier than melting wax, plus I have tons of them, and it would cost no extra money.  Just slip the candle out of the metal holder.  If you have an extra large egg, it’s possible to leave the holder and just drop the whole thing into the eggshell, but my eggs were not big enough.

Pin the wick/Nance Carter

Pin the wick/Nance Carter

Use a thumbtack to hold the bottom of the wick in place.  Otherwise, it will slip down into the bottom of the eggshell, because the candle is not sitting on a flat surface.

Eggshell candle/Nance Carter

Eggshell candle/Nance Carter

That’s it!  Just plop the candle into the shell and place on top of whatever decoration you have handy.  I do not have egg holders, so I used a mini jar filled with jelly beans.  You can line up several of these candles in little jars around the dinner table, or put them on top of small vases, candlesticks, or anything that will hold the candle upright.

Eggshell candle/Nance Carter

Eggshell candle/Nance Carter

Although it would look pretty, I don’t advise putting these candles in an Easter basket, obviously because of the fire risk with plastic grass and if they tipped over.  They would look nice on top of plain white candle holders, which you can probably find in the dollar store.  I am a believer in using what you have instead of buying something new if you can avoid it.  If I have 6 candle holders (which I do), I’m not buying more just because I’d like white ones today.  I’ll use the brass ones.  (I also have 2 brass snake candle holders that belonged to Cher – I’ll have to show them to you sometime.)

Eggshell candle on top of vase/Nance Carter

Eggshell candle on top of vase/Nance Carter

Make several of these and line them up in the middle of the dinner table, mixed with porcelain or chocolate rabbits.

Happy Easter!  Love, Nance

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