Eggshells can be used for so many things: in compost piles, in the garden to repel slugs or add calcium to the soil, crushed and fed back to the chickens, or as seed cups to start vegetables and flowers. They have another use as well: candle holders. These cute candles would look nice on your Easter table and are a cinch to make.
Here's what you'll need:
A dozen eggs
An egg carton
12 Wicks (you can purchase wire wicks from a craft store, amazon (link below) or merely use birthday candles)
Essential oils (I used sweet orange, clove and cinnamon)
Here's what you do:
Carefully crack each egg, removing the top third of the shell. I used a butter knife to gently tap and break off the top of each. They don't need to be perfect, a bit of irregularity adds to the charm. Remove the membrane and rinse each shell, then let them dry. Arrange in an egg carton.
Melt the beeswax in a glass measuring cup hung over the side of a pot of boiling water. You can grate the beeswax or leave it in bars. I tried it both ways and other than taking a lot longer to melt the bars than the shaved beeswax, either way worked just fine.
When the beeswax is melted, drop one or two drops from a spoon into the bottom of each eggshell and quickly press the wire wick or birthday candle in place. Add a few drops of essential oil. Then pour the melted wax into each shell directly from the cup measure, filling the shells nearly to the top.
Be sure the wick is centered and let harden. When the wax is dry, trim each wick to the height you wish.
Tip: To clean the hardened wax off of the spoon, measuring cup and grater just dip a few times into the boiling water. The wax will remelt and slide right off.