Good evening friends!
Since we’ve gotten to know each other a bit better now, and, after all, we’ve already completed at least one project together… I think it’s time that we take our eggsperimentation to the next level.
So, today we’re going to be fashioning our naturally dyed eggs into cute lil’ candles! Using only a few household items, we’ll melt our own wax, wiggle in our own wicks, and bring a little light to our Easter tables. All you’ll need for this project is a clean tin can (I used a well-rinsed bean can), as many eggs as you want, a few (cheap) votive candles (for wax), and a few tea-light candles (for wicks).
By the way, after letting my bland and boring blueberry-dyed eggs soak in the red cabbage dye overnight, I’m quite pleased with the result! I simply scrubbed off a bit of the blueberry dye and forgot them for a few hours… and the final color turned out a really great deep navy blue.
Step one: Using a spoon, gently tap a circle around the most narrow end of your egg. After tapping several times, the top should somewhat easily pop off. Feel free to tug away any jagged and cracked edges that stubbornly keep hanging on. Pour the egg into a bowl before rinsing the empty shell out with water. Feel free to use the egg “as is” or dip it in the dye of your choice.
Step two: Using either your fingernails or a knife, pry the metal wick base away from the tea-light candle. During this same step, you can go ahead and cut your votive in half. Pull out the wick and set aside for later.
Set three: Since the wick of the tea-light will be too short for our egg candle, we’re going to have to replace it with the votive wick. To do this, simply slide the longer wick into the metal base. It might take a little concentration and a little elbow grease, but you can do it… I swear!
Next, we’re going to secure the metal base to the bottom of our egg shell. You can use a drop of glue if you’d like, although this didn’t work out too well for me. The glue didn’t keep the metal base in place after the hot wax was poured in, but it also didn’t float around too much either… kind of a win-win situation, I guess.
Step four: Now we’re going to create a makeshift bain-marie to melt down the wax from our votive candles. To do this, bring a small pot of water to a boil and then reduce the heat to a steady simmer. Place the pieces of wax into your tin can before dunking it into the hot water. Let your can enjoy floating around in a nice, warm bath. After just one or two minutes, you’ll notice your wax starting to melt. Once the wax is fully melted you’re ready to rock n’ roll!
Step five: With your egg shell securely placed in an egg cup, carefully pour the melted wax. Stop when your wax reaches about half an inch below the top edge.
I used a small piece of cardboard to keep my wick centered while the wax hardened. For best results, let your wax harden overnight before burning.
Once your wax is nice and firm, all you have to do is trim the wick, strike a match, and bring a little extra light in your life!
I hope you enjoyed this cute little project meant to brighten up your Easter!
Have a wonderful day, and I’ll see you tomorrow for another fun Easter-themed project… and don’t worry, it doesn’t involve eggs ;)