Time In (for kids!)
Turn plain old eggshells into cute DIY candles to decorate your home in time for Easter. By Sammi Lim. Photography Bryan Ong
Adorable craft just in time for Easter
• Cardboard carton of eggs • Butter knife • Acrylic paints and palette • Paint brushes • Cup of water • Block of wax (available in craft shops) • Several ceramic or glass bowls • String • Scissors • Spoon • Old newspapers • Optional decorations: Salvaged cake toppers or small toys
1 Empty the cardboard carton and set the eggs aside in a bowl. 2 Scoop a toothpaste-sized dab of paint onto a palette and mix with water so you get a smooth but not runny mixture. Paint the carton, and leave to dry on a sheet of old newspaper. 3 Gently tap the pointed top of an egg with a butter knife until you get a small crack. Use the tip of the knife and your fingers to gently peel bits of eggshell off, creating a medium-sized hole. Pour the egg into another bowl and save for cooking. Repeat with as many eggs as you want. 4 Gently rinse the empty eggshells under slow running water and leave to dry. Once dry you can choose to paint the eggshells as you wish – like with stripes or polka dots. 5 Place the wax in a microwavesafe bowl and heat it in intervals of two minutes. Keep checking to see if the wax has completely melted. Be careful when removing the hot bowl from the microwave. 6 Prepare your candle wicks: trim off two-inch pieces of string, dip them in the melted max and leave to dry. Prepare a wick for every eggshell. 7 Using a spoon, scoop the melted wax into each eggshell. 8 When the wax is semi solid, insert a wick in the centre of each ‘candle’.
HANNA’S HELPFUL HINTS
The melting wax might have a strong smell, so remember to open your windows to air your house.
9 Place the DIY candles in the painted carton and decorate with small toys or other cute accessories.