Egg Shell Candles – Easter Centerpiece

Egg Shell Candles - Easter Centerpiece

It’s been an exciting day around here, but not so much for me as for the dogs. My ears are ringing right now from all barking I’ve listened to today. The day is still young and so far we’ve been visited by the UPS man, had a new sofa delivered by Ashley Furniture, and the AT&T repair man just left. The latter left me with a $99 repair bill, but on a brighter note the new sofa has dual recliners. I can’t wait to put my feet up and watch some television tonight. Almost forgot… I also have some super cute egg shell candles to share with you. They make for a very pretty Easter centerpiece!

Technically my mom, Laura, gets the credit for this craft project. But I’m going to steal a little bit of her thunder and share it with you. She won’t mind… I promise.

Egg Shell Candles

Easter is still over a month away, yet I somehow feel like we are running very behind on our Easter projects for the blog. I have to blame Pinterest for this bit of anxiety – since I was seeing tons of Easter pins, before Valentine’s Day was even over.

These egg shell candles were very simple to make, and are great for an Easter centerpiece. This project is a great way to use up a jar candle that has just a little bit of wax in it. We used a yellow jar candle that had already burned about half way down. If you happen to have some beeswax that would be fine also.

What You’ll Need
6 eggs
6 wicks (We removed the wicks from some very inexpensive votive candles.)
candle wax

Egg Shell Candles

To begin, use a sharp owl (needle) to make a hole in the top of an egg. Carefully chip away at the egg shell to make the hole bigger. Be sure to not waste those eggs! Pour the eggs into a bowl to reserve for later use. I’ll share a simple custard recipe at the bottom of this post that is perfect for this.

Gently wash the egg shells and allow them to dry completely.

While the eggs are drying, melt the wax. If using a glass jar candle, like we did, simply place the candle in a pot of simmering water. If using beeswax, melt it in a double boiler.

Spoon or pour a small amount of wax into the bottom of each prepared egg shell, to hold the wick into place. Place a wick into the center of each egg shell. Spoon or pour additional wax into the shell, until it’s about 3/4 full. Allow to dry completely.

Simple Egg Custard
If you don’t feel like having scrambled eggs for dinner, here is a simple egg custard recipe. It’s the perfect old-fashioned comfort food.

6 eggs
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups milk, heated until very hot
ground nutmeg or ground cinnamon for garnish

Simple Egg Custard

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Adjust oven rack to center position. Lightly butter (or use non-fat vegetable spray) six (6-ounce) custard cups and set them into a large baking dish. If cooking custards in a metal pan, cover the bottom of the pan with a layer of newspaper to ensure an even temperature on the bottom.

In a large bowl, beat eggs slightly; add sugar, vanilla extract, and salt and beat until dissolved. Mix in hot milk until blended. Pour egg mixture into prepared custard cups. Sprinkle with nutmeg or cinnamon.

Bring the water for the water bath to a light simmer on top of the stove; carefully pour hot water into the baking pan to come half-way up the sides of the custard cups. NOTE: The most common mistake people make in baking a custard is not putting enough water in the hot-water bath. The water should come up to the level of the custard inside the cups. You must protect your custard from the heat. Carefully pour hot water into the baking pan to come halfway cup the sides of the custard cups.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until set around the edges but still loose in the center. The cooking time will depend largely on the size of the custard cup you are using, but begin checking at 20 minutes and check back regularly. When the center of the custard is just set, it will jiggle a little when shaken, that’s when you can remove it from the oven. Remove from oven and immediately remove cups from water bath; cool on wire rack until room temperature. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to 2 days.

Makes 6 servings (depending on size of custard cups).

Recipe courtesy of What’s Cooking America.

Comments

  1. Neat!! Love this idea. Thanks for sharing. I pinned it.

  2. Those are so cute! Such a clever idea. I can’t believe it’s already time to start thinking about Easter, this year s going so fast1

  3. What a clever idea!

  4. So festive! They would be great for a centre piece.

  5. What a great idea. I loved that you used the egg insides too!

  6. These are so adorable, such a cute and creative idea!

  7. What a neat idea! Thanks so much or posting.

  8. Julie Wood says:

    These are such cute egg shell Easter Candles to make. They can sit on my table, and they look real. I think that they are easy enough for me to make. Thanks for such a cute craft idea that I can do with my niece!

  9. These look so neat! I don’t think I’ve ever seen something like this before. Kind of reminds me of putting a candle in a clementine. :)

  10. What a super cute idea for an Easter or spring table! I love it!

  11. Holly Thomas says:

    What a great idea!!

  12. Those are really cool looking! I am clumsy and would bust those eggshells for sure, though. Would you make them for me?

    Dawn

  13. Amy Orvin says:

    These candles are just so cute. I love them! They’s be cute for church party decorating too.

  14. What a clever idea!
    Living on a farm we have an abundance of eggs. Thanks for the great idea.

  15. Debbie Welchert says:

    What a cute idea. This going to be fun making with my grandchildren.

  16. Great idea…looks like something even I can do! Maybe I could get my niece involved!

  17. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    I would never have thought of using the egg shells for candles – a great idea.

  18. This is so so so so so so so so so so CUTE!! Great idea!

  19. Love the creativity – awesome look

  20. What a great idea to use egg shells as homemade candles. That custard sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

  21. Very clever. I love how the yellow wax looks like the yolk. I have so many ideas for Easter/Spring also, and now that St. Paddy’s day is over I need to shift focus!

  22. These are so sweet! I’ve featured this on our 1st Day of Spring Round Up – http://rchreviews.blogspot.com/2014/03/14-ways-to-celebrate-spring-equinox-2014.html

  23. adorable! and that egg custard looks pretty swell too ;o) Thanks for linking up to Create Link Inspire. You are being featured this weekend and I just spread the word all over my social media ;o) I tagged you where I could so If you see it… retweet, share or like it so we can all work together to promote our projects ;o) Emily@nap-timecreations.com

  24. Congratulations…this post is featured on Create It Thursday #47! Thanks for sharing such a great idea with us last week!

  25. What cute candles and that custard looks and sounds amazing. Thank you for sharing and have a lovely day.

  26. What a great idea! I have never seen any like these. I will have to give it a try! Thanks!

  27. Your candles are really cute. What a clever idea, thank you!

  28. These are super cute!

  29. I love these and I know they would be great at my Easter table. Thank for sharing this at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. See you next week!

  30. I love this centerpiece….. Thank you so much for sharing….
    Pinning!! Happy Easter to you and yours…. :)
    “hugs” Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

  31. Well, that’s super cool. I love it! I’d never have thought of it.

    I’m hosting a series right now all about yarn projects. I’d love for you to come link up anything you’ve made using yarn or twine or the like to the link party!
    Yarn it All! Link Party on Bugaboo Blog

  32. What a clever idea! Thank you for sharing it at Fluster’s #CreativeMuster Party, I hope that you’ll be sharing with us again.
    Hugs, Smiles and Blessings.
    Robin @ Fluster Buster

  33. Beautiful and simple idea! I love it! Easter is such a fun time of year and I love decorating for it! I think your site is beautiful. Found you at the linky party.
    http://balmtomysoul.com/2014/04/reuse-recycle-easter-pallet-box/

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