DIY Beeswax Candles in Eggshell Holders

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.

Super quick and easy to make, these candles make really sweet table decor, displayed either in individual egg cups or in a ceramic egg tray, or would make great holiday gifts.

For these I did a blend of fall scents, but you can use any fragrance you prefer.

Here's what you'll need:

One dozen eggs
Egg carton
Glass measuring cup
12 Wicks (you can purchase cotton wire wicks from amazon)
Yellow or white beeswax (since I first wrote this post I have discovered beeswax pastilles, that are SO much easier to melt than the bars!)
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 on a paper towel.  When the shells are 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.  (but as noted above, starting with the pastilles is WAY easier...)

When the beeswax is melted, drop one or two drops from a spoon into the bottom of each eggshell and quickly press the wick in place and hold it until the wax sets.  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. 

Center the wick in each candle and let the wax harden. When the wax is dry, trim each wick to the height you wish and display or gift to someone special.

Tip: To clean the hardened wax off of the spoon, measuring cup and grater just dip them a few times into the boiling water. The wax will re-melt and slide right off.

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Easy DIY beeswax candles in eggshells

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  1. We've been saving the butt end of candles and such for awhile. Now I know what to do with them. The egg candles would great in some egg cups also. One at each setting would be pretty cool.

    1. Ooh I love the idea of individual egg cups. I think I have some lying around somewhere I could use for Easter. And yes, you can use partially melted candles, just melt them all together. I'm glad I'm not the only one who saves them 'just in case' !

  2. How cool! I'm gonna make these for a friend for Easter. Thanks, Lisa. Another fantastic, creative idea!

    1. Thanks Daisy! They are really easy to make and would make a wonderful gift.

  3. Thank you for sharing this idea! Wouldn't Araucana egg shell be beautiful for the candles although the blue egg shells would probably look better with white wax... hm-m... Thanks again for the idea! Elle

  4. What a great idea! They are so cute and perfect for Easter. I even have a couple of those ceramic egg crates that I could display them in. And with all my different colored eggs they will already look like dyed Easter eggs haha! Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. This is one of the cutest ideas I have seen in a long time. I don't color eggs for Easter anymore, but I would definately do this for the Easter table. Thank you! :)

  6. What a neat idea! Who would think eggshells could have so much versatility!

  7. I love these! This is such a neat way to display those beautiful shells and I think they would work decoratively all year long too. Thanks!

  8. So cute!! Thanks for sharing on Wildcrafting Wednesdays!

  9. cute candles. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop. Have a great week.
    Debi, Charly, Marci, and Suzan

  10. So i am about to start this project... have been saving up Excel for a few weeks now and this is going to be my meet-the-future-in-laws gift to my boyfriend's super crafty mom. Cant wait. Sooooo..... can you please tell me how many drops of the oil you put in and did you mix all three of those oils together?

  11. So i am about to start this project... have been saving up Excel for a few weeks now and this is going to be my meet-the-future-in-laws gift to my boyfriend's super crafty mom. Cant wait. Sooooo..... can you please tell me how many drops of the oil you put in and did you mix all three of those oils together?

    1. Oh neat! That's a really nice gift idea. I did mix all 3 oils and really liked the scent. I just dripped maybe one or two drops of each into each shell.

  12. Did you try this before you posted it? the egg shell caught on fire. I am lucky I watched it or my house could have burnt down. This makes me angry.

  13. This is a great idea!!
    One alternative is to take your egg and a toothpick and poke a hole in the top of the egg and another in the bottom. Gently blow on the bottom hole and blow the inside parts of the egg out of the top hole, into a bowl. Make the top opening slightly larger- not too much, but enough to where you can pour melted wax in the top. Leave the shells out to dry for a few hours. And make an omelette or cake or something with the egg insides while you wait!

    After they're dry, melt your wax- you can add some scent if you wish.

    Take one of the wicks with the metal base like below and insert it into the bottom of the egg, and try to thread it through to the top, so it's poking out of the top hole. Once it is, put the egg in a carton or some type of holder that will contain any leaking wax from the bottom. Then, carefully pour the wax through the top hole making sure the wick is pulled through the top opening to sort of tighten the metal wick base to the bottom of the egg, Once you've poured the wax through, let the eggs sit for a few hours until the wax has completely solidified. Peel the shell away and you have a nice egg shaped candle- for those who were concerned about the shell burning.