Eggshell candles are a great idea for an Ostara decoration, and so easy to do. They look great around your home, or on your altar, they also float on water. Instructions are below.
You will need:
- food dye
- paper towel
- egg carton
- soy candle wax, bees wax or just normal candles to melt
- candle wick with metal tab
- wooden skewers or chop sticks.
1. Clean your eggshells in some soapy water and rinse and leave to dry.
2. Place a few drops of food dye into a bowl of vinegar. One bowl for each colour. 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.
3. Dry your coloured eggshells on some paper towel. Place dried eggshells into an egg carton.
4. Cut a piece of wick to 10cm in length and thread it through your metal tab. Secure the metal tab & wick to the bottom of eggshell using some melted candle wax. Tie the pieces of wick to a wooden skewer to keep the wick out of the wax.
5. Melt some candle wax, always do this using a pan of water then melt the wax in a smaller container in the hot water, never put candle wax straight into a pan as it can explode from the heat, but it is very safe by melting over boiling water like in the image. You can melt down normal candles, or you can buy bees wax, soy wax or any other kind of candle wax.
6. Pour the melted wax into the eggshells as carefully as possible. Use a funnel if you have one.
7. 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.
8. That is it, you can put them where you want, you can make a little basket with hay in it to put them in, or put them into egg cups, they will also float on water.
If you are not comfortable melting wax, you can use small tea light candles and put them inside the egg, you will need to make the egg gap to put them in big enough.