There’s a saying, “You can’t make an omelet without braking the eggs.”  That may be trued, but it did not specify what you should do with the broken shells.  Of course, you can always go by another maxim, “Waste not.  Want not.”  Instead of discarding those egg shells, you can turn them into decorative votives—perfect for tabletops and counters.   

 

Eggshell Votives

Eggshell Votives

You will need: 

●  fresh eggs (save the carton)

●  small bowl

●  sharp knife

●  1 block paraffin wax (available in grocery and specially stores)

●  glass measuring cup (microwave-safe)

●  crayons

●  4 to 8 birthday candles

 

What you will need to do: 

  1.  With a pin, make a small hole on the top of each egg.
  2. Carefully enlarge the holes, and pour out the yolks.  Save the raw eggs for cooking
  3. Wash the eggshells, let dry, and place them in the egg carton.
  4. Cit the paraffin block into 1-inch cubes.  Use a cutting board, and be careful while handling a sharp knife.
  5. In measuring cup, place all paraffin cubes and microwave for 2 to 6 minutes.  Make sure all the paraffin is melted.
  6. Make crayon shavings.  The shavings should be added a little at a time to the melted paraffin, until the desired hue is reached.
  7. Fill each eggshell with melted paraffin.  Before the paraffin hardens, cut birthday candles to fit the depth of the shells.
  8. Insert the candles into the cooling paraffin.

 

Source:

► Twinkling Eggshell Votives.  http://www.cookingvillage.com/cv/food/art/ 700,sLang%3Dus&iObj%3D633&iCatObj%3D7443,00.html

► Eggshell votives. http://www.marthastewart.com/portal/site/mslo/menuitem.0e0eb51a2e6b5ad593598e10d373a0a0/?vgextoid=468b2e912b11f010VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD&lastnadchannel=745769a254cee010VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD&rsc=taxonomylist

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