Last year, I discovered the art of candle making. Who knew it was so easy?! I am now addicted and looking for any container I can get my hands on to fill with melted wax and transform into a candle. Old jars, fancy tea cups and even eggshells. Nothing is safe from being filled with melted wax!
If you'd like to give eggshell candles a crack (pardon the pun), here's how:
You will need:
- - eggshells
- - food dye
- - vinegar
- - paper towel
- - egg carton
- - soy candle wax
- - candle wick with metal tab
- - hot glue gun
- - wooden skewers
1. Clean your eggshells in some soapy water and rinse.
2. Place a few drops of food dye into a bowl of vinegar. One bowl for each colour.
3. Place your eggshells in the dye bath and roll them through the dye for about 30 seconds. Keep the eggshell in the dye for longer if you want a stronger colour. You can use a spoon if you don't want to colour your fingers.
4. Dry your coloured eggshells on some paper towel.
5. Place dried eggshells into an egg carton.
6. Cut a piece of wick to 10cm in length and thread it through your metal tab.
7. Secure the metal tab & wick to the bottom of eggshell using a hot glue gun.
8. Tie the pieces of wick to a wooden skewer to keep the wick out of the wax.
9. Place your soy candle wax into a pyrex jug (or a double boiler saucepan).
10. Place jug in boiling water on stove and wait until it melts. It will become clear when it's ready. Take it off the heat as soon as it has melted.
11. Pour the melted wax into the eggshells as carefully as possible.
12. Leave your eggshells to dry for a few hours and once the wax is hard you can remove the wooden skewers and trim the wick.
13. Place your new candles in some ceramic eggcups or make your own candle holders.
14. Light your candles!
My eggshell candles are now sitting on my kitchen windowsill alongside my eggshell succulents, but they'd make a great outdoor table centrepiece on a summer evening and you could even add some insect repellent essential oils!
If you wanted to shake it up a little you could:
- Add scent to your wax.
- Secure a birthday candle in the middle of the eggshell instead of a wick.
- Just skip the whole coloured bit and use plain eggshells. Very stylish.
What would you make into a candle? What is your favourite candle scent?
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* I purchased my candle supplies from Spotlight, but I'm sure you'd be able to find them at your local craft supply store.
* This post was originally published on Kidspot Village Voices in 16 Nov 2012.