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Easy Easter Craft: How to Make Eggshell Votive Candles

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Eggshell Candles

Eggshell Candles

Turn Empty Eggshells Into Votive Candles

Eggshell votive candles are easy to make and inexpensive, and they add that perfect decorative touch for the Easter holiday. You could make a few and display them in groups on a counter, bar, or table. Another great idea is to make a dozen eggshell candles and put them back in the carton for packaging and give them as a gift. They also sell eggs in smaller cartons of six if you would rather not make the whole dozen. You could even decorate the carton if you wanted!

Candles Are a Fun Easter Craft Idea

I wish I could take the credit for coming up with these cute Easter candles, but I must give credit where credit is due. I was inspired to make these because of the eggshell candles I saw from PaintCutPaste and ILovetoCraft. I hope you enjoy this tutorial. There are a few different steps to the tutorial, but, all in all, it's an easy project and lots of fun to do!

What You Need

  • Large raw eggs
  • Bowl
  • Pin, needle, or some other sharp metal point or an egg topper
  • Paint, egg dye, or food coloring
  • Tea light candles (Dollar Store ones work great) or wax and wick candles or birthday candles
  • Glue gun
  • Small funnel
  • Egg cups or egg carton
  • Toilet paper tubes cut up into 5 or 6 rings
  • Sticks or skewers
  • Can or jar
How to Empty the Egg

How to Empty the Egg

Step 1: Empty the Eggs

The first thing to do is empty the contents of the eggs, and you will probably want to empty them into a bowl so you can eat them later!

  1. With the needle, pen, or the sharp pointed object (I used the tip of a knife on the first couple of eggs), hold each egg with the more pointed and narrow side up.
  2. Carefully yet firmly push the pin or pointed object into the very top of the egg's shell. It should just poke right through. This part scared me some, but I learned that you can't let the egg intimidate you. It is easier than you may think. So don't be afraid, just hold the egg stable and firmly push through!
  3. Once there is a hole, very carefully start chipping away at the small hole. The goal is to make the opening big enough to pour the egg out and also open enough to put the candle inside.
  4. Once the opening is big enough, pour the contents in a bowl and rinse the inside with very hot water and then sit the egg inside the toilet paper rings to dry.
Egg Topper

Egg Topper

Top Removed With the Egg Topper

Top Removed With the Egg Topper

Time-Saving Tip: Try an Egg Topper

To make removing the tops of the eggs easier, you could purchase an egg topper. This tool has little teeth that will pierce and take the top off the egg when you squeeze the handles together! Mine cost $5 on Amazon.

Step 2: Color the Eggshells

The next step is adding color to the eggshells. You can do this any way you choose. Here are a few ways to do it:

  • Paint them with acrylic paint.
  • Use Easter egg dye to color them.
  • Use food coloring. In a coffee cup or disposable cup, put 20 drops of coloring, 1 tablespoon vinegar, and 1/2 cup warm water. Add more or less coloring, then let the egg soak until desired shade is achieved. Also, you can mix colors to make other colors.
  • Use watercolors.

Tip: Using egg dye or the food coloring is the best way to go if you want to color both the inside and outside of the eggshells. You could use the paints to color the insides, too, but of course it will just take a bit longer.

Add Optional Embellishments

You could even embellish the eggshells if you want. Here are a few ideas:

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  • Use permanent markers to do your own designs.
  • Use E6000 glue (tolerates heat well) to cover the eggs or do a design with seed beads, glass rhinestones, small glass beads, glitter, etc.
  • Use watercolor pencils.

After you are done coloring/decorating your eggshells, place them open side down on sticks or skewers in a can, jar, or other type container. This will allow the exterior to dry without having to touch anything and mess up the paint, etc.

Step 3: Add the Candles

Now that the eggshells are all pretty and colored, it's time to put candles inside them.

Tea Lights

The easiest and quickest way to do this is to use tea light candles. If the tea light is small enough, it may fit right inside, but sometimes the tea light may be too big. In that case, you can either chip a little bit more around the opening of your egg or take the tea light (remove from container if there is one) and use a knife to carve some wax from around the tea light until it's small enough to fit inside.

Melted Wax and Birthday Candles

I had a few used tea lights on hand, so three were made with tea lights, and the others were made using melted wax and birthday candles. It's not hard to do compared to using tea lights. It just takes a few extra steps. Here is how to do it:

  • Squeeze about a dime sized amount of hot glue inside the bottom of the eggshell and then start blowing inside the shell to start cooling off the glue a bit.
  • Take the birthday candle and put it down into the glue and continue blowing inside the shell to cool the glue. You will have to hold the birthday candle a bit until the glue starts to harden and the candle is stable and not falling over. You can also hold a piece of ice under it to help the process.
  • Once the birthday candle is standing up in the glue, put the eggshell into the freezer for about one minute and then take it back out. The glue should be completely set and the birthday candle standing straight up.
  • Now take your wax and melt it in the microwave or however you want to do it. I used a "scentsy" type warmer and heated my wax. Once the wax is melted, take the small funnel and pour the wax inside the eggshell, around the birthday candle.
  • You can let it sit for a while to let the wax become solid again or put it in the freezer if you want to speed up the process.

Tip 1: A low temp glue gun will work better for mounting the birthday candles inside the eggshell because it will tend not to melt the birthday candle as much while you are waiting for the glue to dry.

Tip 2: If you have a "scentsy" or scentsy-type warmer, you could be melting the wax in it so the wax is ready to be poured into the eggshell after your birthday candles are anchored.

Egg Cups

Egg Cups

Lit Candles in Egg Cups

Lit Candles in Egg Cups

Step 4: Prepare the Candles for Display or Gifting

With the candles in place inside the eggshells, all you need to do is put them in the egg cups for display or back into the egg carton to give them as a gift. You can also use the carton for protecting and storing the eggshell candles so you can use them again next Easter.

Pretty Packaging Ideas

If you are making egg shell candles to give as a gift packaged in the carton, here are some decorative packaging tips and ideas:

  • The hard cardboard like cartons are best if you want to paint the carton. You can spray paint it, use acrylics or any paint you like and you can seal the carton too.
  • When painting on foam type cartons, only use paints that are water based like acrylic and tempura paints. Sanding the foam first may help you get better coverage. Avoid using spray paints; they will eat at the foam.
  • Use rubber stamps to add some pizzazz to a painted carton
  • You could use rub-on designs and words to embellish the carton
  • Don't forget about sequins, resin rhinestones and glitter if you are wanting bright and glitzy packaging!
  • For a more rustic, country look, you could use minimal paint, distress techniques when painting or leave the carton how it is and wrap some raffia around it and tie into a bow.


Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on April 02, 2016:

Jamie, it's always a pleasure. I love your hubs.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on April 02, 2016:

Kristen Howe- Thank you so much for dropping by! I really appreciate the support!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on April 02, 2016:

erorantes-Thank you so much for your kind comment!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on April 02, 2016:

Thelma Alberts- Thank you! I appreciate you stopping by!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on April 02, 2016:

ChitrangadaSharan-Thank you so much! The candles were fun to make. Glad you enjoyed the hub.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on March 21, 2016:

Congratulations for the HOTD!

These are beautiful and creative ideas to decorate the egg shells. The pictures and instructions are very helpful .

Thanks for sharing!

Thelma Alberts from Germany on March 20, 2016:

Congratulations on the HOTD! Those are awesome DIY. A very well deserved award. Thanks for sharing.

Ana Maria Orantes from Miami Florida on March 20, 2016:

Congratulations on the hub of the day. I like it. It is Great. Your creativity is wonderful. The pictures are beautiful, and the instructions are easy to understand.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on March 20, 2016:

Jamie, great ideas for Easter next week! I love the ideas of using eggs and how to decorate and paint them inside-out to add the candles. Congrats on HOTD! Well deserved! Thanks for sharing!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on April 01, 2015:

peachpurple- Thank you! I appreciate you stopping by and hope you have a happy Easter!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on March 19, 2015:

just in time for this coming easter day, voted up

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on March 14, 2015:

Georgina_writes- Thank you! I really did enjoy making them!

Georgina Crawford from Dartmoor on March 08, 2015:

Great hub. These look so pretty. My kids would also have loved making these when they were little!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on April 12, 2014:

Anna Haven- Thank you! Hope you do give them a go... they were so much fun to make :) I appreciate you dropping by!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on April 12, 2014:

Nell Rose- Thank you :) They were a lot of fun to make.. and they really are pretty when all lit up. Thank you so much for dropping by!!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on April 12, 2014:

Thank you so much.. glad you enjoyed the hub :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on April 12, 2014:

rebeccamealey- Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed the hub :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on April 12, 2014:

FlourishAnyway- Thank you so much.. glad you enjoyed this hub!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on April 12, 2014:

Sunshine625- Thank you Linda :) Glad you liked this!!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on April 12, 2014:

tiffany delite- Thank you so much.. so glad you stopped by!

Anna Haven from Scotland on March 20, 2014:

I would never have thought of this. These look fantastic, I will definitely give then a go for easter, as I love candles.

Nell Rose from England on March 19, 2014:

That is so clever! And something I would never have thought of! I love your photos and the way you explained it so easily for us to follow too, what a great hub! wonderful!

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on March 19, 2014:

What a great idea! Voted up and shared.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on March 19, 2014:

Ah, a grouping of these in deep, dark colors will be so pretty. Thanks, pinning. It is good that you suggest trimming the tea candles, too!

FlourishAnyway from USA on March 19, 2014:

How adorable and creative! Pinning this one!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on March 19, 2014:

Isn't that a cool idea. Never considered using an eggshell to hold votive candles!

Tiffany Delite from Wichita, KS on February 11, 2014:

what a cool and awesome idea! thanks for the great hub...blessings

MissJamieD from Minnes-O-ta on February 20, 2013:

Thanks Jamie:) I really am going to make these...I'll let you know how it goes, for sure!!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on February 20, 2013:

Jamie- Thank you! I had a lot of fun doing them. I think the candle looks pretty glowing from the egg shells. What's awesome about this one too is that if you protect them really well when you store them, you can use them year after year :) Hope you get to make some! I'll be thinking of you on Easter.. hope you have a happy birthday :)

MissJamieD from Minnes-O-ta on February 20, 2013:

Soooo cute! I'm totally doing this for my family this Easter. My birthday is actually on Easter this year so I'll not only be receving gifts, but giving them too, that's way better:) Great hub!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on May 03, 2012:

Sheila, hi! Thank you so much for the votes. I actually published this after Easter this year so don't feel bad.. I tried to get it get it done and published as soon as I could but didn't quite make it. Oh well, better late than never, right! Glad you like these :)

sheilanewton from North Shields, UK on May 03, 2012:

just a pile of eggshells - and look what you created. I'll have to bookmark this page all ready for next Easter. Pity I missed this for Easter 2012 - but all is not lost - there's always next year!

Voted up - and across (except for funny!)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on April 16, 2012:

Thank you agusfanani, I'm glad you like them!

agusfanani from Indonesia on April 15, 2012:

That's a great idea !.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on April 15, 2012:

Hi Rose, You are welcome! I think I went a little crazy with the Picasa photo collage tool but it is so fun and easy to use. I am SO glad that you wrote that hub about it! I saw where Picnik will be going away soon and that bums me out because it's such a neat program. Hopefully they will replace it with a program that's at least as good as Picnik. Anyway, great to see you and thanks for dropping by!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on April 15, 2012:

kashmir56, Aww, thanks! I meant to get the tutorial out before Easter but better late than never, I guess :) Also, thank you so much for the vote! Ya know, you have been such a loyal commenter as long as I have been here on HubPages and I just want you to know how much I appreciate that :) Take care!

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 15, 2012:

Gorgeous eggs, Jamie! Thanks for the great photos and detailed instructions.

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on April 15, 2012:

Hi Jamie WOW great idea,these eggshell votive candles are so beautiful and so easy to make,and easy on the wallet to.

Vote up and more !

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on April 15, 2012:

Hi Seeker7, thank you for stopping in to read the tutorial. I know what you mean about the best ideas coming from the simplest of things.. I'm always looking out for crafts and décor projects using items that I would have never thought of. I really appreciate the vote and your kind comment :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on April 15, 2012:

Hi yougotme, I was actually wondering about the same thing. I see no reason why these can't be reused and have wax added back into them unless by the time the initial wax has burned down the candles have become unstable or brittle due. I am planning to try to reuse mine for sure. Thank you for the nice comment and for stopping by!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on April 15, 2012:

hi marlynpumphrey, I'm glad you like these! Thank you for droppig by.. Happy candlemaking :)

Helen Murphy Howell from Fife, Scotland on April 15, 2012:

This was a lovely and fascinating hub. The best ideas always seem to come from the simplest of objects! This was a thoroughly entertaining and very useful hub. Voted up!

Renz Kristofer Cheng from Manila on April 14, 2012:

This is pure awesomeness! Are all these disposable after a single use? Can we refer back to Step 3 after the wax burns off? Or is it recommended for us to replace the whole thing? ;)

Marlyn Schwander from Fort Eustis, VA on April 14, 2012:

This is amazing I am going to vote up on everything. I definitely know what I am going to do tomorrow. I am soo excited, I can't to read more of your hubs

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on April 14, 2012:

teaches, Aww.. thanks! I'm glad you like these. I just love doing crafts.. So much of the time the ideas never make it out of my head. I mean, I LOVE doing crafts but I just never would attempt them for fear that they may not work out. Writing the hub tutorials really motivate me to do them from start to finish and do the best job I can. Thank you for stopping by and for the compliments! It makes me want to keep going and write lots more tutorials :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on April 14, 2012:

Arlene, Thanks so much for dropping by and for the vote up! I am so glad that you like these candles. They really are easy to make, and fun too! I love how the candle glows through the eggshell. You are right, these really do not have to be limited to Easter. Have fun making your eggshell candles.. I would love to see pics!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on April 14, 2012:

Awww..thanks Au fait! What a nice compliment :) I am so glad you like these. The candle you described with the jewels sounds stunning.. I may have to make some more and add a little bling to them. Thank you so much for the vote and positive feedback. Take care!

Dianna Mendez on April 14, 2012:

I didn't even know there was such a wonderful tool -- the egg topper. Your designs are beautiful. You must be very talented to have made such works of art. Always enjoy your hub topics as they are so interesting and well written.

Arlene V. Poma on April 14, 2012:

VOTED UP. Those candles are so attractive and fun. I wouldn't limit them to Easter. I am looking forward to trying this out and ordering my own egg topper! Enjoyed your article, the illustrations and the how-to's.

C E Clark from North Texas on April 14, 2012:

You always have such interesting ideas and some are so very pretty too! I can see this eggshell candle all dolled up with jewels and little extras on an exoticly painted background.

Great hub as always! Voting you UP and beautiful!