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Project

Eggshell Votives

Light up your spring table with a dozen brightly colored eggs doubling as candles. Simple eggcups make a lovely base.

Materials

  • Sewing pin or needle
  • Eggs
  • Vinegar (optional)
  • Food coloring
  • Egg carton
  • Double boiler or two pots
  • Beeswax, paraffin brick, or old candles
  • Wax colorant, such as dye pellets
  • Wire-core wicks
  • Funnel

Steps

  1. Step 1

    First, make a hole in the top of each egg with a pin or needle; enlarge the holes, and pour out the yolks. Remove the shells to one-third of the way down and clean the shells well (you can use vinegar).

  2. Step 2

    Dye shells with food coloring (follow package directions). Nestle shells in a carton.

  3. Step 3

    In a double boiler or two pots, melt and tint wax with dye pellets. 

  4. Step 4

    Cut wire-core wicks to 4 inches long, flatten one end, and fasten in shell with a bit of warm wax.

  5. Step 5

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    Use a funnel to fill the shells with wax. Let the wax harden, at least 1 to 2 hours. Trim the wicks to 1/4 inch (6mm), and place the candles in ceramic eggcups before lighting.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, April 1997

Reviews (30)

  • kjcm 22 Mar, 2011

    Just finished this proect. So cute. I bought my favorite votives. Slipped the wick, with the small metal disc out the bottome before melting. The wick sat right down in the egg shell, and didn't tip. Melted votives in a coffee can, and poured in the eggs shell. Quick and easy.

  • AlysonQ 2 Apr, 2010

    P.S. I bought mini terracotta pots at the craft store to stand the eggs in.

  • AlysonQ 2 Apr, 2010

    I tried this out with soy wax. I made two and set them aside to cool, and when I cam back a few hours later, I guess the wax expanded as it cooled and shattered the egg shells. I tried burning one and the melted wax then poured out through all the cracks :-(
    I have 8 more carefully broken open and dyed shells so I am going to salvage the project by sticking in tea lights that I've pulled from their cups.
    Question to the candlemakers -- is this expansion just a feature of soy wax?

  • LiveWire_777 24 Mar, 2010

    This dyed egg votive looks so darling to me.

    However, I agree with "alwaysdeer." Even as a novice candlemaker, I have discovered the need for something to secure the wire-base wicks to the bottom of whatever mold/container you are using. Hot glue sounds like a smart idea.

  • LiveWire_777 24 Mar, 2010

    This dyed egg votive looks so darling to me.

    However, I agree with "alwaysdeer." Even as a novice candlemaker, I have discovered the need for something to secure the wire-base wicks to the bottom of whatever mold/container you are using. Hot glue sounds like a smart idea.

  • alwaysdeer 4 Mar, 2010

    Hi, I love this idea, but I am a candle maker and been one for 9 years now. Here's a tip for the wicks, hot glue them in. If you don't the wick will float when the wax is hot.

  • Xsquare 12 Apr, 2009

    If you can't find egg cups for this, use the caps off of a plastic water container. Glue the shell on if you think it's unstable.

  • Valerio 19 Mar, 2009

    I love Marhta"s ideas for Easter. IN fact several years ago I made eggs that were featured on the cover of her magazine that were coated with papermache and glazed. I got many compliments. I look forward to all her ideas. Thank you Martha. Gloria

  • Valerio 19 Mar, 2009

    I love Marhta"s ideas for Easter. IN fact several years ago I made eggs that were featured on the cover of her magazine that were coated with papermache and glazed. I got many compliments. I look forward to all her ideas. Thank you Martha. Gloria

  • Valerio 19 Mar, 2009

    I love Marhta"s ideas for Easter. IN fact several years ago I made eggs that were featured on the cover of her magazine that were coated with papermache and glazed. I got many compliments. I look forward to all her ideas. Thank you Martha. Gloria

  • Rorie_D_Lion 26 Jun, 2008

    I use extra large eggs so I get slightly more burn time. I also use chocolate scented wax from Illuminations.com to add to the easter theme of it all. (I buy the giant chocolate easter bunny candles and melt down the wax to use) TIP: Use ostrich eggs for a tougher shell if you break your eggs a lot!

  • yarncrazy102 24 Mar, 2008

    I've made these before too.but I used naturally colored shells - brown, green, and pink from our laying chickens. I used white and colored wax to give the candles a color boost. They were fun and very easy to do but I did add a twist. I made the candles horizontal instead of vertical. It took more shells - I broke a lot of them - but I was able to use my deviled egg tray to hold the candles. It was basket-shaped so it looked like a basket full of eggs.

  • EmmaCarrie 24 Mar, 2008

    I made something similar last Easter. I dyed the wax instead of the shells and instead of keeping the wax in the shells I cracked them out and cut the bottoms flat so my candles would stand on their own. Either way iit's a fun project, fairly simple to do, and the kids love it!

  • wgalkow 24 Mar, 2008

    Precious!!

  • foodandmooddoteu 24 Mar, 2008

    These are adorable!

  • PattiL 22 Mar, 2008

    I did this years ago after seeing them in a gift shop. I used brown and white eggs (just saved them whenever I used eggs -- I got really good at only cracking the tops off LOL). First I poured in white wax, then after it set a bit I added a dollop of yellow wax for the "yolk" -- they were a big hit in my Christmas goodies basket that year! I packaged them in cut-up egg cartons and included an egg cup and directions.

  • PattiL 22 Mar, 2008

    I did this years ago after seeing them in a gift shop. I used brown and white eggs (just saved them whenever I used eggs -- I got really good at only cracking the tops off LOL). First I poured in white wax, then after it set a bit I added a dollop of yellow wax for the "yolk" -- they were a big hit in my Christmas goodies basket that year! I packaged them in cut-up egg cartons and included an egg cup and directions.

  • mizrani 20 Mar, 2008

    I made these with my children to give to their teachers for Easter. I went to our local $ store and purchased candles for .25. I removed the paper from the bottom and pulled out the wick. I then melted the wax. I dipped the bottom of the wick into the wax and set it in the egg shell to set. Then poured in the melted wax. The wax was already scented and colored--it was so easy!

    The kids put them in the eggcup and wrapped them in cello bags with a bit of easter grass. Very cute.

  • moonflower5985 20 Mar, 2008

    These are so pretty! I would like to make them, but first I have to find eggcups!

  • blondiejem 19 Mar, 2008

    Instead of pouring the wax in yourself I just use tealights. If you don't want the metal to show, you can even take the candle out of the metal it is in if you are careful.

  • blondiejem 19 Mar, 2008

    Instead of pouring the wax in yourself I just use tealights. If you don't want the metal to show, you can even take the candle out of the metal it is in if you are careful.

  • mawani 9 Mar, 2008

    very2 cute. love it. i would try during my free time..can't wait!

  • CyrenasRaggedyCottage 9 Mar, 2008

    These are just so lovely!!! For a variety of sizes, one could use the small, medium, large, and extra-large chicken eggs ... and, even better, use the blown-out ostrich eggs (shown in the "Spring's Natural Vase" article (I wonder if ostrich eggs come in a variety of sizes like the chicken eggs do?) I might even scent my wax, since I won't use these at the dining table during a meal.

  • Molly_Cule 8 Mar, 2008

    Wonderful! I am gonna try it.

  • orsiko 7 Mar, 2008

    It's so interesting, creative and simple how we can recycle egg-shells! Inspiring!!!

  • homeecdhscomkalicia 7 Mar, 2008

    These are adorable!

  • homeecdhscomkalicia 7 Mar, 2008

    These are adorable!

  • nikkielder 7 Mar, 2008

    Instead of using wire-core wicks I have used birthday candles. Pour the wax first and then place in the candle. It works great! Just cut them if they are a little to long.

  • agape10k 6 Mar, 2008

    I think these are way cool and am going to start saving my shells.

  • CrustyChef 6 Mar, 2008

    Instead of melting and pouring wax - I removed tealights from their holder and put them inside the shell. When they melt, they fill the shell. Much quicker and easier.