eggshell candles

oh, this is one of my favorites so far… i’ve been wanting to try this springy little idea ever since i saw it years ago (from martha, i believe) but haven’t gotten around to it until now. we made beautiful springtime candles inside of eggshells. we LOVED every minute of this colorful quest on this rainy, gray spring day!

i began by piercing a dozen white eggs with a needle, breaking away a small opening around it (leaving about three-fourths of the shell in tact,) and then dumping out the egg. make yourself a coupla nice quiches! create the opening large enough that it doesn’t trap smoke inside the shell when candles are lit. (and if you would rather put a tealight candle inside the eggshell than the melted wax method we’re about to show you, make it open enough to fit that in there.)

then we set out to dye the eggshells. i know it’s not very creative to just bust out the paas kit, but we had one left over from last year in the art cabinet, and i wasn’t feeling up to embarking on naturally dyed eggs this morning, nor the food coloring method. because N and i decided we wanted subtle pastel colors, we used the directions that just require the tablets to dissolve in water (instead of vinegar or lemon juice) so they aren’t so saturated.

we had to be very careful with the delicate shells as we did this, but they turned out so beautifully!

i liked how the insides of the shell were dyed a bit darker than the outside with this method.

N was loving the shells as they were! but they were soon to be candle holders…

next i melted soy wax in the double-boiler on the stove. you can use beeswax, too. (i happen to have a stash of lots of waxes from my old natural bath product biz.) you can find the soy wax shavings at michael’s for about $7.

we bought some 2.5″ candle wicks at michael’s for this project, and they worked out perfectly. when the wax is warm but not yet liquified, i spooned out a little dollop of wax into each eggshell and used it to stick the wick base to the bottom of the shell.

then i carefully poured the hot wax into each eggshell, about halfway full — or maybe more on some. we let them sit in the egg carton until they were hard and cool.

we displayed some of them in egg cups. you can get these at the dollar store, craft store, or grocery store. i found our solid colored ones at safeway for $2 each.

these cuties are from a local antique shop. love their expressions!

hilda & hulda

there are so many variations to this project – you can keep the eggs white and dye your melted wax different colors, use brown eggs instead of white for a natural look, dye only the insides of the egg by pouring the dye only into the hole, etc… use your imagination.

these make a beautiful addition to your springtime dinner table, spring nature altars, easter brunch table setting (serve up the quiches from the eggs you dumped out,) or a wonderfully creative hostess gift, packaged in little baskets with natural grass. how lovely would that be?!

hatch a little springtime light of your own!


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  • Mamma C

    thanks for sharing this great idea! with a toddler candles look like very simple to do, with supervision, obvious, but not so hard! Nice week end from Italy!

  • Shannon

    Oh my! Thanks for this totally awesome idea! I wanted to do eggs with my girls this year, but couldn’t decide how: this is it. They would get frustrated if they broke eggs, but these ones are already broken for the candles. And who does not LOVE candles?? Thanks so much!

  • jen

    thanks mamma c – italy, wow! we’re half italian and have always wanted to go!!! someday…
    shannon – thank you! it’s so much fun – enjoy these. and speaking of broken easter eggs — afterwards, you can always make these beauties:

  • Gwee

    i love these! wish you and N were here to make me some!

  • Melissa Jordan @The Chocolate Muffin Tree

    Those are really beautiful!

  • Kate @ An Amazing Child

    Oh these are just gorgeous, and what a wonderfully creative experience. Just like you, I will tuck this away for a few more years until J is older and we can do this together. Thanks 🙂

  • Kate @ An Amazing Child

    I bookmarked this over on TEN to share with our members as a beautiful, delicate, process-orientated Easter activity. I’m sure they will love it too 🙂


  • Rachelle

    These are awesome! And they seem easy to make too, no? We always light candles at dinner, and these would be a perfect addition to our Spring table. Thank you for the good excuse to visit the craft store.

  • Shannon

    Perfect… Totally up for the mosaic, too. I do love your website. We might be kindred digital spirits.

  • Kimara

    These turned out lovely. I’ve been wanting to make some natural dyes for our eggs this year. Think we will make some of these at the same time. I’ll be linking on Facebook 🙂

  • Vickie

    This looks like so much fun! I definitely want to try it!

  • anne-isis

    they are so cute

  • Deb @ Living Montessori Now

    I saw the link to your post at TEN. What a beautiful Easter activity! I just featured it at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page at

  • http://facebook susan donaldson

    This is lovely – thanks for the idea. can you tell me please would it work using boiled egg shells. I just thought it might be easier
    Thanks again

  • jen

    hi susan – i didn’t hard boil them b/c it’d be hard to get the egg out… do you mean boiling the shells after they’re emptied? i’m not sure…?

  • Christa
  • Rebekah @ The Golden Gleam

    What an original idea! I need to remember this for this Spring!

    Thank you for participating in our Best of 2011 Blog Hop! Happy New Year!

  • Jenny

    LOVE this! Thank you so much for sharing! I can’t wait to get started on these for a homeschool project!

  • sherry

    I think I will try to get my husband involved in this activity in a few months. Plus I am going to print this out for my teen youth group!

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  • jen |

    wonderful! please share photos with us of your eggshell candles when you make them. you can post them on my facebook page if you’d like! happy spring!

  • jen |

    have you made these yet, jenny? please do share photos of your eggshell candles when you make them on my facebook page! happy spring!

  • jen |

    they look wonderful, christa! i love your little silver egg cups! thank you for sharing!

  • jen |

    it might work, though it could be hard to peel the hardboiled egg in a way that left at least 3/4 of the shell in tact for this project. let me know if you try it and how i goes! 

  • jen |

    thanks, deb!

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  • Jamie B

    Thank you so much for sharing how to make these cute eggshell candles!  I hope it’s okay, I just couldn’t resist featuring them on my Easter Crafts round-up.  You can see  it here:

    Thank you again for sharing 🙂

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  • Beth Gallivan Koscinski

    I made these to bring to my father & step mother’s house for Easter Sunday.

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