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Extract from Make It and Mend It • By Clare Flynn, Clare O'Brien, Hilary Bruffell, and Anne Caborn • Published by F+W Media

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Time
30 mins

These little candles are perfect for Easter.
You can make them in different colours and even use up the ends of old candles. They are really easy to do and make great table decorations.

Posted by FW Media Published See FW Media's 76 projects » © 2019 Clare Flynn / F+W Media · Reproduced with permission.
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  • Step 1

    Clean the eggshells
    Remove the top from the raw eggs with an egg topper. Empty the contents into a bowl – omelettes tonight? Wash the eggshells in soapy water and let them dry completely.
    Note: Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly whenever handling raw eggs.

  • Step 2

    Prepare and paint the shells
    Using your fingers, gently break the edges of the eggshells to make them shallower and create a jagged look. (The eggshell will blacken if it curves over the top of a lit wick.) Paint the inside of each shell with acrylic paint – you can paint them all the same colour or do each shell in a different hue if you like.

  • How to make a candle. Elegant Egg Candles - Step 3
    Step 3

    Add the wicks
    Tie each wick to a toothpick or lolly stick and suspend it across the top of the eggshell.

  • Step 4

    Melt the wax
    Place the wax in the smaller inner pan of the double boiler and let it melt over a medium heat. Stir occasionally with an old wooden spoon. Don’t leave it unattended as it is flammable.

  • How to make a candle. Elegant Egg Candles - Step 5
    Step 5

    Add the wax
    Carefully pour the melted wax into the eggshells, almost to the top. The wax when it dries will appear to take on the colour of the painted insides. Let the wax cool for several hours. Trim the wicks 6mm (¼ in) above
    the surface.

    Tip
    If you haven’t got a double boiler, use an old high-sided pan placed inside a larger pan. An old milk pan works well as it has a lip for pouring.

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Dottie S.
Dottie S.
neat idea!
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eden a.
eden a.
These are so neat! I'm going to try one for easter.
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marwa a.
marwa a. · 6 projects
nice
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Syeyon K.
Syeyon K. · Kathmandu, Central Region, NP · 67 projects
Cool
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