Question: Why did the chicken cross the road?
Answer: To fill his shells with wax!
I'm sorry, I never claimed to be a comedian...back to our regularly scheduled program. As a child my favorite holiday was Easter. I loved everything about Easter from dyeing eggs and sleeping in curlers to the church service and Easter brunch. Many changes in my life have altered my current Easter traditions and I've spent several years feeling blue (a pastel-y blue to match Easter, however). This year I decided to embrace our current situation and simply make some new Easter traditions that I can love as much as the old.
I got a little experimental with some new Easter crafts and decorations...such as the eggs-traordinary candles! I've been wanting to do something new with egg shells, something different than dyeing them or tissue papering them so I made them into candles. I was inspired by some ceramic egg candles I found and I think they turned out well. It was also a way to get rid of some nasty old candle bits that have been hanging out for way too long.
In order to gather the necessary egg shells, I made breakfast for dinner. Instead of cracking the eggs, I carefully pricked a hole into the shell with a knife.
After gathering up some candles that had seen better days I placed them in a pot of shallow water and brought it to a boil. It doesn't take too long to melt the wax - the less there is the faster it takes, of course.
With a pair of tongs and some oven mitts, I carefully lifted the candle holder out of the water and poured the wax into an egg shell. You'll notice I used little bowls to keep the eggs upright so they wouldn't wobble all over the place. You shouldn't cry over spilled milk, but you should cry over spilled wax. Believe me.
For the wick, I took some twine, knotted the end, and soaked the whole thing in melted wax before placing it into the liquified candle.
After the wax hardened completely, I bent some paper clips into round shapes and glued them onto the eggs to keep them sturdy and stable.
I think these would be beautiful dyed and filled with white wax. Or kept white and filled with bright, colorful wax. I still have time before Easter...perhaps an omelet is in order...
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