Light up your spring table with a dozen brightly colored eggs doubling as candles. Simple eggcups make a lovely base.
- Sewing pin or needle
- 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
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).
Dye shells with food coloring (follow package directions). Nestle shells in a carton.
In a double boiler or two pots, melt and tint wax with dye pellets.
Cut wire-core wicks to 4 inches long, flatten one end, and fasten in shell with a bit of warm wax.
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.