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Easy Easter Craft: How to Make Eggshell Votive Candles

Updated on March 17, 2016
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Eggshell votive candles are easy to make, inexpensive and 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 or 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 6 if you would rather not make the whole dozen. You could even decorate the carton if you wanted! 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 here and here. 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 or birthday candles, glue gun and small funnel
  • Egg cups or egg carton
  • Toilet paper tubes cut up into 5 or 6 rings
  • Sticks or skewers and a can or jar

Click to Enlarge-- How to empty the egg
Click to Enlarge-- How to empty the egg
Egg Topper
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Top taken off with egg topper
Top taken off with egg topper

STEP ONE

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!

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. 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 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!

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.

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.


***Time Saving Tip*** 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! $5 bucks on Amazon.

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STEP TWO

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 or disposable cup put 20 drops of coloring, 1 Tbsp Vinegar and 1/2 cup warm water-add more or less coloring, let 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.


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

  • 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.

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STEP THREE

Now that the eggshells are all pretty and colored, it's time to put candles inside them. 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 take a knife and carve some wax from around the tea light until it's small enough to fit inside.

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.

***Tips***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. If you have a "scentsy" or scentsy type warmer, you could be melting the wax in it getting ready to be poured into the eggshell after your birthday candles are anchored.

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STEP FOUR

With the candles in place inside the egg shells, 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.

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.

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      Kristen Howe 18 months ago from Northeast Ohio

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

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      Jamie Brock 18 months ago from Texas

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

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      Jamie Brock 18 months ago from Texas

      erorantes-Thank you so much for your kind comment!

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      Jamie Brock 18 months ago from Texas

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

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      Jamie Brock 18 months ago from Texas

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

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      Chitrangada Sharan 19 months ago from New Delhi, India

      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!

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      Thelma Alberts 19 months ago from Germany

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

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      Ana Maria Orantes 19 months ago from Miami Florida

      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.

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      Kristen Howe 19 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      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!

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      Jamie Brock 2 years ago from Texas

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

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      just in time for this coming easter day, voted up

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      Jamie Brock 2 years ago from Texas

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

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      Georgina_writes 2 years ago from Dartmoor

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

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

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

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      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!!

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

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

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

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

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

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

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

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

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

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

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

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

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      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!

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      What a great idea! Voted up and shared.

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      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!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      How adorable and creative! Pinning this one!

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

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

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      tiffany delite 3 years ago from united states

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

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      MissJamieD 4 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

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

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      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 :)

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      MissJamieD 4 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

      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!

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      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 :)

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      sheilanewton 5 years ago from North Shields, UK

      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!)

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

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

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      agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia

      That's a great idea !.

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      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!

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      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!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      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 !

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      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 :)

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      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!

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

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

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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      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!

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 5 years ago from Manila

      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? ;)

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      Marlyn Munoz 5 years ago from Honolulu, HI

      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

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      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 :)

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      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!

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      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!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      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.

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      Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

      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.

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      C E Clark 5 years ago from North Texas

      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!