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Eggshell Votives

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

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 1997


  • 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


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

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

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

  5. 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.

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