How to Make Eggshell Candles for Ostara / Spring Equinox / Easter

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Ostara is such a pretty word, but I find I struggle with using it. It’s a new term to me, something that I’m positive I’ve heard before, but never stuck. For me growing up, this time of year was heralded in my house simply as Spring Equinox and as much as I love the magic that surrounds the word Ostara, { I keep italicizing it because It’s pretty and makes it look more magical, it’s working right? right?! } I still find myself comfortable in thinking of this day, or Sabbath if you’re jiggy with it, as Equinox; either way, it is the time of year that officially marks an equilibrium between day light hours and night time darkness.

When I was younger, we would go out to a friend of my moms and we would walk around a medicine wheel and celebrate with a huge potluck of yummy food and bask in the sun. But as I grew up and went out into the world on my own, I found I never did much celebrating. I would always acknowledge the day, and I’d have a little pep in my step, but I never exactly shared why with anyone. But with the birth of this blog and a solid friendship formed with Michelle, I decided I would do something fun this year, I would do something magical to welcome Spring to the world again!

This winter, I took up candle making as a hobby, actually I started last winter, but I REALLY got into it this year with sourcing out the best place to get soy wax locally and non lead wicks and learning the difference between pillar soy wax and regular soy wax and, well, I went balls deep! { I also got into making bath bombs, lip balms, mustache wax, massage bars and more, I found most of the supplies at the same store, so as I said, I went balls deep! } Since I may had gone a little over board, I still have plenty of supplies, which is awesome for when the creative spark fans into flame and I have the proper supplies to get into it all nitty gritty.

So when an idea came across my tumblr dash of fun easy ways to celebrate Ostara, I was struck with this adorable idea, making candles in eggshells! Ostara/Spring/Easter are all heavy symbolized by bunnies and eggs, you know, fertility things! Now, If you are like me and you wanna run to the hills when fertility is mentioned because , no, no babies for me please, have no fear!! I like to think more of fertility of the soil. It’s time for life to be breathed into this grey dreary planet again! So I wanna make it clear, if you are wanting to dabble in this, don’t worry about it making you an automatic baby making factory… unless that is what you want!

I chose to keep it simple. The only spell that would be placed on my specific candles were that of prosperity and hope for a lovely Spring. I didn’t chant, or write anything down, I just thought loving thoughts and hummed to myself as I made these candles and I felt calm, centered and felt, I dunno, right as I made them.

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What you’ll need for Eggshell Candles for Ostara / Spring Equinox / Easter:

  • Soy Wax & bees wax.
  • crush dried rose petals
  • dried lavender
  • fresh sage
  • eggs shells, carefully cracked so just the tops are removed.
  • wicks, I chose string wax dipped wicks this time, as I think wood wicks would be too large.
  • 2 pots, one large filled with water, one smaller for your wax
  • chop stick or stirring stick that you don’t care will be ruined by wax

Of course I’m terrible and didn’t measure or weigh my wax, but I filled my wax pot with a ratio of 1 part bees wax to 10 parts soy wax approximately. And then I placed my wax pot into a pot with water I already had heating on the on the stove top. Make sure the water is hot, but not a t a boil, but slightly and gently bubbling or moving is purrfect! The reason you are essentially using a double boiler is to not scorch your wax and discolour it. I also threw some dried lavender in with the wax in hopes that it might infuse it with a bit of it’s perfume and it looked pretty.

As I let my wax melt down I got to setting up my eggs. For the eggs, you can use a sharp knife or kitchen scissors to make them a little more even, though I kind of liked the rustic edges on mine  I had already cleaned them out and peeled out the membrane and let them dry a few days in advance. Basically I just collected the shells as I cooked throughout the week. Waste not, want not, right?!

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I placed my eggs in an egg carton I rescued from my recycling bin so I had a nice sturdy place to stand them up and commenced with placing the wicks in each one and then I sprinkled dried lavender in them from my pantry, crushed and dried rose petals from a bouquet I had elected to dry and turn most of into a garland { oh, I really need to take photos of that! Its super purdy! } and then I placed two fresh sage leaves in each cup from my my garden.

I chose these ingredients as lavender is really good for cleansing, attracting good luck, healing and fertility. Rose petals are fantastic for attracting beauty, more good luck empowering yourself and divination. Lastly, sage is kind of a staple in most witches pantries or gardens, it’s perfect for purification, healing cleansing and acquiring wisdom. Plus the combo smells dreamy! I also chose to add the beeswax to my candle mix more for sending out some love and protection for the bees, more than for the wax composition.

I then carefully and slowly poured my wax into each egg cup. This is very tricky as the opening is so small, so I was extra appreciative of having a specific wax pot for pouring! It helps HEAPS! I usually set the wicks straight with a chopstick brace along the top, but since these little guys were fragile and uneven, I elected to let them stay as they were. If I noticed them drooping, I’d make sure to grab the wick out quickly, let it cool for a second and straighten it out before placing back in.


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I ended up having extra melted wax, so I made a larger candle in a mason jar and filled it with all the same goodies and loving intentions. Once everything was poured I placed a box over the set up. One, to avoid an accidental knock over and two this helps the wax to cool at an even temperature and avoid and uneven top of your candle or those little sink holes you may have gotten around your wicks before. It’s a handy trick passed to me from my local candle supply making man! { does that make him a candlestick maker?!! }

BOOM! An hour later and everything was cooled and set, I was able to move my egg candles to my alter, where I displayed them in a mix of little silver port glasses and tiny tea cups!

Have you ever tried your hand at candle making before? or do you have a Spring time tradition that you hold dear? Let us know in the comments as we would LOVE to hear! 

 

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Handmade Yule Candles Tutorial

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Helloooooooo to you all, and welcome to our little corner of the blogsphere! There will be a post forthcoming to explain who we are and what this is all about. Today, however, we are talking about making candles for Yule. When it comes to gift giving, I truly believe that (when possible) handmade is the way to go. Not only are handmade gifts more personal, but as we are so fond of saying here there’s magic in the making.

You can apply this tutorial to making any kind of candle, but keep in mind that these are specifically for Yule. So of you are making them for another Sabbat, or just because, you might want to alter your ingredients. Here’s what I assembled for these ones.

Supplies

A bit of information on why I chose these enhancers:

In all honesty, these scents just make me think of Yule, and I’ll bet I’m not the only one. So when I was gathering my ingredients, I put a lot of thought into them. Cinnamon is often tied to prosperity  and protection. When I think about what Yulemas must have been like hundreds and hundreds of years ago, I think those particular traits would have been welcome blessings. I love the scent of clove so much (in fact it even inspired a short smoking phase of my life in my angsty  20s). It is used to keep good friends close, bring luck, and they’re also linked with prosperity. Oranges draw abundance and happiness. I’m pretty sure anyone who’s ever inhaled while an orange is being peeled would agree with me. It is the scent of joy. As for the Orange Mint, I had an abundance in my garden, and there is strong magic in anything grown by a witch. Lastly, we have the Star Anise. This one is so closely tied to Yule. Not only is beautiful but it brings with it an increase in physic connection and amplifies power. All combined, these are powerful carriers of my intentions of love, luck & abundance.

 

Onto the How to:

Step 1: Melt your wax

melting wax

This part is pretty simple. I bought my wax melty container at Micheal’s and find it really handy, but I think you could use anything that heats evenly. Initially I had it straight on the burner, but it was taking forever, and I risked scorching the wax. So I added a shallow pan filled halfway with water, effectively making the Broke Ass Witch equivalent of a double boiler. Note: do not boil the wax! You want it to be at about 185 degrees, technically speaking, but I just eyeball it. When it’s clear & all liquefied, it should be good to go.

Step 2: Prepare your jars

Jar Prep

While your wax is busy getting it’s melt on, you can get your jars ready to go. I bought these canning jars, but if you (like me) recycle your glass jars, just use those. Way cheaper!  Firstly, you’ll want to put your wick into the jar. I tried out a wax adhesive designed to keep your wick set in the bottom center of the far. To tell you truth, it’s a giant pain in ass, but it was helpful. They I plopped in some stem from the orange mint, half a cinnamon stick and one star anise. Your jars are now ready to be poured into.

Step 3: Scent you wax

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I used Aura Cacia oils because I had them handy, and they are far less costly than other oils. If you have the means to use Doterra, Young Living, or even some small business made oils, all the better!

Step 4: Get ready to pour

Slow Pouring

I highly advise you to place some newspaper or other disposable covering over your workspace while you pour. I failed to do so, and am still trying to get wax out from the tile grout.

As I poured the wax into the containers I was mindful of my intentions. After all, the magic’s in the making, right? I also added in the remaining bits of herbs & spices as I poured, letting my instinct guide me.

Lastly, you’re going to need to keep those wicks straight. I used some pens I had nearby. If you want, you can buy a centering tool from a craft store, but I chose to save my $4.00. You can also see I used two wooden wicks, simply because I had them already. I LOVE wooden wicks.They are super easy to used, require no supports, and make an awesome crackling sound as they burn.

You’ll need to wait overnight before you try to light the flame on one of these babies.

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The way I see it, that’s a pretty thrift bit of generosity & magic. We hope you have fun making yourself some of these bad boys this Yule time. As for these particular candles,  they’re about to be blessed, wrapped, and sent of to four of my favorite witches as gifts.

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