For as long as I can remember, my aunt has had a beach-themed home. We always buy her beachy decor for any holiday. It’s our go-to gift item for her. Even her Christmas tree is beach themed, and it’s adorable. You can totally get away with that when you actually live near the beach I guess. She’s probably getting pretty sick of our gifts, but I have at least one more beachy gift that I hope she’ll like (her birthday is coming up). Homemade seashell candles!
OK, you might have seen a DIY like this on Pinterest once upon a time. I think I have too, but the most exciting part about this project is that you can make them with leftover candles you have lying around the house. I don’t burn candles much at home, so I reused this green apple one I’d only burned a few times.
- Seashells (larger is easier)
- Wicks (votive or tea light sized)
- Leftover candle(s)
If you gathered the seashells on your own, make sure to wash them first before turning them into candles. Place the candle into an empty saucepan on the stove and begin to melt the wax on low-medium heat. Of course, your candle holder should be glass or metal. Always be careful when melting wax, and wear oven mits to move the container as needed. It will take a few minutes to melt, and you will see the wick eventually float away – that’s how you know it’s almost completely melted.
Lay down the shells on a flat surface and place the wick inside. Clip the wick in place with a clothespin, allowing it to sit on top of the shell. From here, you can trim the wick if you want, or you can wait until the candle is fully hardened in its new container.
With a potholder of some kind, remove the now melted candle from the stove top and very carefully pour the wax into your seashells. You will probably spill a little bit because it’s such a narrow area, so make sure you’re doing this on a surface that can be easily cleaned. If your wax splashes the sides of the shell, you can use a paper towel to clean it up before it dries. If you’re using a larger, more wobbly candle, don’t fill it too full – this will prevent a burning candle from spilling if moved. Allow the candles to sit undisturbed for a few minutes before removing the clothespin, trimming the wick and burning them or gifting them.
Seashell candles make sweet gifts for beach lovers, and they’re cute to have on display in your home. You can make them in any scent/color and in a variety of sizes, but the larger ones work best. Just remember to burn these in a safe place because they do have a rounded bottom and can wobble a little. Happy crafting!