With backyard chickens creating eggs in a gorgeous array of colors, it pains me to crack the eggshells, but projects that permit a continued appreciation for the eggs takes the edge off a little bit. Eggshell candles are a super easy craft project that result in a unique and beautiful home accent or gift for anyone. Ready to learn how to make them?
DIY EGGSHELL CANDLES
18 clean eggshells
1 lb soy wax chips
colored wax candle pieces from previously used candle, optional
lavender essential oil, optional (1 teaspoon per 1 lb soy wax)
aluminum can (clean & dry)
2 qt saucepan
LET’S MAKE IT!
Crack egg open using a heavy, straight edged knife in a single, deliberate whack.
Empty egg, clean and air dry eggshell.
Trim edges by hand if desired, saving shells to feed back to the hens.
Edges need not be uniform- jagged looks beautiful.
Add a few inches of water to saucepan & warm over medium low heat.
Fill can with wax chips.
Add essential oil and/or a small amount of colored wax pieces (both optional).
Place can in warm water until melted, adding more wax as needed. Remove from heat.
Up-cycled votive candle pieces add a subtle touch of color to the eggshell candles.
Place eggshells in egg carton. Using a small spoon, add a dab of wax to bottom of each eggshell. Center wick in each eggshell on top of wax.
Allow wax to harden.
FILL & FINISH EGGSHELL CANDLES
Fill eggshells with melted wax. Allow wax to cool & harden.
Trim wick to 1/4″. Always use eggshell candles in a stable, non-flammable holder.
Ceramic or porcelain egg holders work perfectly for displaying eggshell candles.
For gifting, fill clear plastic egg cartons with eggshell candles and wrap with pretty ribbon.
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