Eggshell Confetti Votives
Clear glass votive holders
Votive candles (can use battery operated votives)
Here’s a clever way to make use of any and all broken eggshells. These sweet votives will certainly give your table a festive look come Easter and beyond. You can use as many or as few eggshells for each holder – taking care to simply to leave part of the votive above the shell line. Kids and adults alike with enjoy crushing the shells, and creating their own unique “Eggshell Confetti Votive”. Use shells from previous recipes, and spray painting them, or use shells from hard cooked eggs that have already been colored.
Using colored hard-cooked eggshells:
Make sure eggshells are completely dry or place shells on cookie sheet and bake in 250º F oven for 5 – 10 minutes to make sure shells are dry. Break or crush shells into small pieces, either keeping separate by color, or mixing together. Fill each votive holder ½ way with crushed dried eggshell pieces. You will always have some white mixed in with the colored pieces since they are only colored on one side. Insert the votive into the middle of the shells, and gently push down into the shells, to support the base and part of the sides with the confetti shells. (For a kid friendly votive, opt for the battery operated votive candles.)
Using broken eggshells (from eggs used in recipes)
Place shells on a cookie sheet and bake in 250ºF oven for 5 – 10 minutes to ensure the shells are completely dried. Break or crush eggshells into small pieces. Place on newspaper or other surface and use spray paint or paint with brush to color shells. (You will get varying amounts of paint on each piece which adds depth to the look). There will always be some white from the inside of the shell showing, which is a contrast to the colored shell, unless care is taken to paint both the inside and outside of the shells. Fill each votive holder ½ way with the painted shells. Insert a votive candle into the shells, and gently push down, to support the base and part of the sides with the confetti shells. (For a kid friendly version, opt for the battery operated votive candles.)