By Jane Lake
This is a simple craft, but you’ll find that little egg shell candles look right at home on the Easter breakfast table. They also make interesting birthday candles as well, especially if you can’t indulge in calorie-rich birthday cake.
- blown eggshells with a 1/2 inch hole at the top or simply the larger portion of broken eggshells (make an omelet!)
- wax candle crystals or colored candle sand (both available at craft stores) or small amount of sand or enough salt to fill the eggshells (you can color the salt or sand with food coloring, if desired
- food coloring or egg dye, if desired
- egg cups
- birthday candles
1. Prepare the eggshells. You can use blown eggshells with a large hole at the top, or simply the larger shell portion of eggs that you have broken to cook. Rinse and dry the eggshells.
2. If desired, dye the eggshells by dipping in a water and food coloring solution, or using an egg dye kit.
3. Place each prepared eggshell in an egg cup. Fill the eggshell to within 1/4″ of the top with your choice of an anchoring medium which will serve to center and hold firm a single birthday candle.
The anchoring medium could be wax candle crystals or colored wax sand (both available at craft stores). In both cases, the birthday candle is placed in the middle of the wax anchoring medium and is used as a wick to burn down and melt the wax surrounding it.
Alternatively, you can use fine sand or salt, colored or plain, to anchor the birthday candle. Wax filled eggshells will burn longer, but sand or salt are fine if you only need the candles lit for a short while.
Never leave a candle unattended while burning. Please use candles safely!