Egg candles are easy to make and a great reuse of egg shells.
We always have a steady supply from out backyard chickens. Over the winter I got into the habit of cracking shells at the top to preserve the shell for seed starting. The same habit prepares a regular supply of shells for making egg candles.
Step 1: Supplies + Materials
Only a few materials are needed in addition to a few general household supplies.
- Double Boiler - two old sauce pans works well
- Pouring Tools - an old spoon or measuring cups to fill the eggs
- Misc Supplies - Foil, an old cutting board, egg carton, knife, scissors
- Egg Shells - yes, free range chickens have sturdier shells --any egg should work if handled with care
- Paraffin Wax - there are a lot of options for wax and I find the soy options are always pushed where I look at the box stores... not sure why. Seems to burn faster and doesn't come as clear/pure as the paraffin. Paraffin is a great value! ($3/lb on amazon).
- Optional Additives - Paraffin is allergin free and allows you to add any number of colors or scents.
- Wicks - the wicks I show are made of string... I also used some old thin candles. Easiest is to simply buy wicks but I'll show you in the next step how to make them.
Step 2: Making Wicks
My approach was simple. I wanted to use string... I had a few wicks on hand but not enough for a full batch of candles.
- Cut a 6-10 inch piece of string.
- Dip the string in melted wax.
- Roll the string to tighten the threads as the wax dries. It's important to have the string as dense as possible.
- Cut to length. In this case approx 2".
- Optional - Build up some extra wax at the bottom of the wick. This will make it easier to set the wick and not have it burn through the candle.
Step 3: Melting + Filling
A Double Boiler is a must! Over medium heat the wax melts over 5-10min
- Melt Wax - using a double boiler is a must
- Pour Wax - fill the shells to the desired height. Set candles in egg carton
- Place Wicks - as the wax starts to set a 'film' forms across the top of the candle. Homemade wicks are rigid and I simply pushed the wick to the bottom.
- Cool + Light - fun around the house or great as a gift!
Know that wax can be hot. Using medium heat I never found egg mold filled with wax too hot. It may be useful to wear latex gloves or fill the molds while they are in the carton.
Step 4: Thanks!
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Here are a few other post you might like featuring out backyard chickens (instagram) and their eggs.
- Tea Eggs - instructables.com/id/Tea-Leaf-Eggs/
- Egg Coffee - instructables.com/id/Vietnamese-Egg-Coffee/
- Building a First Coop - instructables.com/id/Ethos-of-Coop-Design/
Thanks for reading!