How to make your own candles for the Easter or Ostara holidays using egg shells. This is great fun to do. You can get older children to help with this. Younger children can help decorate and display them once made.
This would make a great table piece for your Easter or Ostara dinner. You can also display them in egg cups or make little stands for them with cardboard tube or sections on and egg box.
Here is what you will need..
- Empty egg shells (washed)
- Toilet/Kitchen roll tube
- Old candles/left overs
- Double boiler (we use a heat proof glass jug in a saucepan of water)
- Stick to stir the wax (we use a plastic chopstick as can be wiped clean)
- Old/broken crayons
- Chopping board
- Old fork or spoon
Chop large pieces of your used wax into smaller, more manageable pieces along with the crayon. This will help the wax to melt. Place the pieces into your heat proof jug. Discard the old used wick when you do this.
Place jug into pan that has 1-2 inches of water in the bottom. Heat gently on a low/medium heat.As the wax melts stir occasionally until all the lumps have dissolved.
While you are waiting you can gently trim the tops of the egg shells to neaten them as you don’t want any loose bits breaking off into the wax. To keep the eggs up right cut rings from the cardboard tube to sit the eggs in. Place wicks into shells, you may need to support them with small sticks or pegs. When you poor the wax in the next step keep the supporting sticks there until it sets.
Check the melted wax for any old wick or debris. This can be easily fished out with a fork of spoon.
Turn off the heat. Caution – the wax will be very hot and will stick to you if you get any on your skin! Use an old folded tea towel or large rag to wrap around the jug in order to pick it up.
Slowly and gently pour into the egg shells, trying not to disturb the wick to much. Allow them time to set a little before you try moving them otherwise the wax may flood up the wick.
Once set trim the wicks to the correct length. (no longer that a centimetre above the wax). You are now ready to display them and use them. We displayed ours in a wicker basket filled with soil, topped with grass and decorated with dried petals and sheep. Caution – make sure when you light them that you decorations are not near the flame. And do not leave candles unattended.
Some TOP TIPS…
If you are doing more than one colour don’t forget to keep the water in the saucepan topped up.
Use paper towel to clean the residue from in the jug while its still warm. (If too cold place back in the boiler for a minute)
Allow at least 24 hours to fully set before lighting.
Also if you are a bit short on time here is a simple, quick way to turn egg shells into candles…
All you will need for these is…
- Clean and washed egg shells
- T-light candles
- Something to display it in like an egg cup.
Trim the edges of your egg shell to remove loose bits.
Remove the T-light candle from the aluminium casing by gently lifting it out using the wick.
Lower the T-light candle onto the egg shell making sure it sits level.
They are now ready to use.
If you have more time you can paint the egg shells prior to putting in the wax.
xx Happy Ostara Everyone! xx
from Stormy and Raven xx
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