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DIY Beeswax Candles in Eggshell Holders

Eggshells can be used for so many things: in compost piles, in the garden to repel slugs or add calcium to the soil, crushed and fed back to the chickens, or as seed cups to start vegetables and flowers.  They have another use as well: candle holders.

Super quick and easy to make, these candles make really sweet table decor, displayed either in individual egg cups or in a ceramic egg tray, or would make great holiday gifts.

For these I did a blend of fall scents, but you can use any fragrance you prefer.

DIY Beeswax Candles in Eggshell Holders

Here's what you'll need:

One dozen eggs
Egg carton
Glass measuring cup
12 Wicks (you can purchase cotton wire wicks from amazon)
Yellow or white beeswax (since I first wrote this post I have discovered beeswax pastilles, that are SO much easier to melt than the bars!)
Essential oils (I used sweet orange, clove and cinnamon)
Here's what you do:

Carefully crack each egg, removing the top third of the shell. I used a butter knife to gently tap and break off the top of each.

They don't need to be perfect, a bit of irregularity adds to the charm.

Remove the membrane and rinse each shell, then let them dry on a paper towel.  When the shells are dry, arrange in an egg carton.

Melt the beeswax in a glass measuring cup hung over the side of a pot of boiling water.  You can grate the beeswax or leave it in bars.

I tried it both ways and other than taking a lot longer to melt the bars than the shaved beeswax, either way worked just fine.  (but as noted above, starting with the pastilles is WAY easier...)

When the beeswax is melted, drop one or two drops from a spoon into the bottom of each eggshell and quickly press the wick in place and hold it until the wax sets.  Add a few drops of essential oil.

Then pour the melted wax into each shell directly from the cup measure, filling the shells nearly to the top. 

Center the wick in each candle and let the wax harden. When the wax is dry, trim each wick to the height you wish and display or gift to someone special.

Tip: To clean the hardened wax off of the spoon, measuring cup and grater just dip them a few times into the boiling water. The wax will re-melt and slide right off.






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Easy DIY beeswax candles in eggshells

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