Ostara Crafts: How to Make Egg Candles
Egg Candles to Decorate Your Ostara Altar
Celebrate the Spring Equinox!
Special candles are always a nice addition to the Wiccan holiday altar. For Ostara, I like to make egg candles using real eggshells as my molds.
I’m a “shortcut crafter” whenever I can be, so instead of fussing with paraffin and additives to make the perfect candle wax, I just use plain candles, melt them down and pour them into molds.
This is a great craft for older kids, but should always be done under adult supervision. You don’t even have to have kids—if you’re a crafter like me, you’ll do it just for the fun and the satisfaction of adorning your altar with beautiful home-made items. They make great gifts for your friends as well.
Ostara Altar Candles
What You Need For This Ostara Craft
I just melt-down candles; but you can start with store-bought melt and pour paraffin
If you’re melting down candles, you can reuse the wick; otherwise buy wicks where you get candle wax
One egg shell per egg candle you plan to make
You'll need it to hold up the egg shells
Knife or metal skewer
Use a wax crockpot if you have one, or a double broiler. Alternatively, put clean cans into a pot of water.
Wax dyes or old crayons (peeled)
Optional- but nice if you want scented candles
A candle (intact)
For dribbling wax
It's Eggs for Dinner!
Getting Your Egg Shells Ready
You have to blow out your eggs from the shells for this craft, which means it’s a good craft to plan on a night you’re having an egg recipe for dinner.
Poke a small hole in the top ‘pointed’ end of the egg with a knife tip or metal skewer. The more you fuss and tap lightly, the more cracks you get. I’ve found the best way to do it is just go for it—jab it, hard.
Turn the egg over and jab the back ‘rounded’ end, but this time peel away some shell to make an opening about 1/2 inch in diameter.
Turn the egg over a bowl so the big hole is on the bottom. The white and yolk should just slide out. If not, give it a little blow into the top tiny hole. Set aside your whites and yolks for cooking.
Fill a big bowl with sudsy hot water in the sink. Dip in one egg at a time and let it fill with water. Put your thumb carefully over the big hole and shake. Dump it out and repeat filling, shaking and dumping a couple of times.
Rinse the shells with clean, warm water and set them on a plate lined with paper towels. The big hole at the bottom should allow them to stand up.
These Are The Candles I Use
Preparing Your Wax
How many candles you’ll need or how much wax you’ll need will depend on the products you’re using. I used about 18 shabbos candles, 4 ½ inches each, to make 6 eggshell mold candles, which translates into about 1 pound of paraffin.
You’ll also need wicks. I recycle the wicks inside my candles. I scrape the candles down into bits and pieces, and remove the wick when it becomes visible, then set it aside.
After you break up all your candles or chop up your wax, divide the wax into how many colors you plan to make.
I am using 3 different colors, so I divide my wax into three batches. Instead of a solid color, I'm making my candles striped.
When Recycling Candles
Secure Your Wick & Mold
Making Your Egg Molds
First, thread your wick into the top hole of the egg mold, and pull it through. There should be about ½ inch of wick sticking out of the top of the shell, and the rest should hang out from the bottom of the shell.
Dribble a little wax on top of the small hole side to hold the wick in place.
Get your egg carton and lay it out on your work surface. Protect your surface with newspaper if desired.
Dribble some wax into one egg cup holder. Put an egg, top side down, big hole side up, into the pool of wax and allow the wax to harden. This will hold all your mold in place. Repeat this process to secure all of your egg shells.
Use a little dribble of wax to hold the wick taught and prevent it from falling inside the egg mold.
Melting the Wax
Put one batch of wax in whatever you’re using for melting. A wax crockpot is one good option.
I use a ‘double boiler’ style rig. I have pots I reserve for candles and such crafts. I would never use these pots again for food. I fill the bigger pot ¼ of the way with water and put it on the stove on medium. I put the wax into the smaller pot and put that into the bigger pot so it sits in the water.
You can also create a makeshift double boiler with cans. Use empty, clean soup or coffee cans inside of a pot of simmering water. Just be careful handling them, they’ll be very hot by the time the wax is melted.
If double-boiling, just let the water come to a simmer. Stir occasionally.
Add wax colorants—I picked up some colored wax crystals at a thrift shop and I add some to my mix. If you prefer you can use liquid candle dyes, or throw in old crayon stumps (peel off the paper first).
You can also add a few drops of essential oils, which will make your candles smell nice when they burn.
Melt the Wax
Filling the Molds
Filling the Molds
When one batch of wax is entirely melted, pour them into the egg shell molds.
If you want to make a solid color egg candle, you can fill the shell all the way in one shot.
If you’re doing stripes, like I am, only fill them about 1/3 of the way up and give the wax 20 minutes or so to begin to set and hardens across the top. Warning- if you try to pour the next color in while the first color is still liquid, they'll just blend together!
Melt the next batch of wax with a new color and add it another third of the way up. Let it set.
Finish off with the final batch of wax, filling it up to the top, and let it set.
Don’t worry about dribbling wax on the outside of the candles—try not to waste it, but in the end product it will all be removed with the shells.
Reserve a little wax for the final 'topping off'. After your wax settles and begins to set in the mold, in about an hour or so, it's going to cave in. Top it off with the last bits of melted wax.
This craft can be a great way to recycle your 'candle stumps' once per year, and your old crayons if you've got kids.
Just reserve them and sort the colors. Add more wax if necessary-- but what better way to represent spring renewal than with a recycling craft?
Finishing the Egg Candles
After all the molds are filled, let them sit a few hours or overnight, until the wax cools and solidifies. You can rush the process along by tossing the carton into the refrigerator.
Trim the wick on the big hole end (the bottom of the candle) so it’s level with the wax.
Pry the egg out of the carton and peel away the shell. Be careful not to scratch your wax as you do it. Trim the wick at the top of the candle to ¼ inch.
Peel the Shells
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Happy Spring Equinox
I set them out on the altar and decorate around them with ribbons and flowers and such. When you're ready to light them, remove any flammable decorations.
You can burn them at your Ostara ritual or Spring Equinox celebration!
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