Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Eggs-traordinary Candles: A Tutorial

egg candle

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.

egg easter craft

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.

diy candle and egg

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.

egg tealight

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.

make a candle with eggs

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.

how to make a candle with easter eggs

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...

diy easter egg candle

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Dani said...

I'm definitely going to try this, i have so many old candles around.

My friend. . .(weirdly) started making tea cup candles. . .we have spent the few months at car boot sales on the weekends looking for cheap retro teacups, she then fills them with wax and sells then for over double what she brought them for. I have one on my window it looks beautiful.

Anyway, last week she informed me she would begin filling eye shells with wax. I went mad and said it would never work, that the shells would crack because the wax was hot.

You have proved me wrong!! I feel silly now.

Unknown said...

Love that idea - so clever. Now following your blog. Have a great Easter weekend.

Christine said...

This is a great idea and they are so cute!

Rebbie said...

I'm glad I could pass on my favorite holiday to you. I love your egg idea!

The Single Nester said...

What a great idea! Totally green!

Allison {A Glimpse Inside} said...

Love this idea! Perfect for any Easter table! Thanks for sharing and linking up! I'll be featuring these tomorrow. :)

Alice said...

What a neat idea! I definitely want to try to make some!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Wow! Thinkin' I will not be pitching those candles that are burned down and my egg shells! Thanks for posting!

Lindsey said...

What a fun idea for Easter! Thanks for sharing!

Would love for you to join my linky party!

Katy @ Lolly Linens said...

Hey, what a great idea, love them.

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Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

I've never seen this before, what a cute idea! thanks for linking this up to our wicked awesome wed party.

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

woah, what a eggcellent idea. haha woah. i crack myself up too much :) Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday!! Hope to see ya again this week :)

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