It’s easy to make all sorts of candle shapes just by using candle molds that you’ll find at most any craft store. Make candles with shapes like hearts, stars or even animal shapes simply by purchasing the appropriate candle mold. There’s one type of candle that’s a little more difficult to make: an egg candle. Making an egg-shaped candle means you have to fill two half-egg molds, allow the wax to set, melt the wax a little on the flat sides, then push them together and hold until the wax sets again. It’s a big hassle and, often, the egg candle still doesn’t turn out right.
It’s much easier to make an egg-shaped candle if you start with a real egg. Use a craft knife to make a small hole in the small end of the egg. Do the same at the large end of the egg. Use the knife or a fingernail clipper to peel away more of the egg shell in this area. The hole you make should be about the size of a penny. Dump out the egg – and cook it if you want – then wash the egg shell well with soap and water so that the inside is very clean.
When the egg is dry place a few drops of vegetable oil in the shell. Swirl the oil around inside the shell to coat it. Hold your finger over the small hole to prevent the oil from leaking out. After the shell is well-coated dump out any excess oil.
Cut a length of wick and push the end through the little hole from the inside, out. Use a piece of sticky tape and tape the wick down while covering the small hole at the same time. Set the shell, wick side-down, in the egg carton. Wrap the end of the wick around a pencil and lay the pencil across the egg. This will help keep the wick centered while the wax dries.
Heat, scent and tint the wax then pour it into the egg shell. Allow the wax to set completely; placing it in the refrigerator or freezer can help speed along the process. As the wax dries it will shrink a little so add a little more, if needed, after the original pour is set.
When the wax is set, remove the tape, crack the shell and remove it. Trim the wick close to the bottom of the candle. If there are lines and marks from the egg shells on the wax, wad up an old knee-hi stocking, and use it to “sand” the candle.
An egg-shaped candle is one that even people who have made lots of candles usually avoid because they’re just too difficult. When you use a real egg shell as the mold, though, you can easily make egg candles for holidays or just to display year-round!