Sea Shell Candles - How to Make

How to Make Candles in Sea Shells

Hi, everyone! Happy Summer!

Sea Shell candles - how to make

This was such a fun, summery craft to do. Even kids could help as long as you pour the clear wax.

I bought some of these at a tag sale last summer and when I was cleaning out a closet I found them and decided I should probably do something with them. 

I have a nice collection of small sea shells and sea glass, too. In addition to picking them off a local beach (we live in Connecticut along the coast) I also buy shells at tag sales. You'd be surprised at how many people sell shells - wait - shesellsseashellsbytheseashore - that could be a hashtag.. ha ha

sea shells

I went to Michael's Crafts and thought I could buy regular wax for candles.. not. They only had the gel wax or the soy but I decided on the gel because I'd never worked with it before. 


The gel wax melts easily, too, and it's perfectly clear.. just right for my purposes for this project.

This was so easy to do. There are some pictures I lost from my camera on this one and it was the step where you make the wick and put it in the shell so I'll explain it. It's easy.

How to make a wick and keep it in place while you pour the wax.

You take a piece of cotton string = you'll need about a foot if you are doing several so I waxed a 12 inch piece of cotton string by melting wax in a small bowl and dipping the cotton string in it. As soon as you can handle it rub the extra wax off and straighten the wick out. There, now you have your wicks.  Cut about a 3 inch piece of wick off and secure it to the middle of the candle or whereever you want the wick to be when you are finished. I used a chop stick and laid it across the shell. Using a clothes pin I clipped the wick onto the chop stick to hold it firmly in place. That was the missing picture.

Making candles in big scallop sea shells - fun

I put some  little shells and etc. into each big shell and then poured the melted gel wax over it - obviously carefully - because it's HOT. I left some of the shells like this but I had some sand (I took some home from the beach) and sprinkled some on top of some of the new shell candles. Voila!

When I showed the candles to my daughter she said it's too bad I couldn't put a bottle in it - Wow, a letter in a bottle! Well, I, of course, have all manner of craft crap great craft supplies so I pulled out (I was able to locate it, too.. AMAZING) a little bottle. I took a tiny piece of paper and made a little note - see the little heart on the outside? What did the note say? Ahhh....

pretty little sea shells as candles

Oh, I had a seastar also. This is actually a candle also. See the wick in the upper part of the shell? I spread lots of sand on this one. 

sea star and sea shells in a big scallop shell with wax to make a candle

Here is the little candle lit up. Cute. I love the little ones the best. What about you?

How to make a candle in a sea shell

I hope you find time to make some of these sea shell candles. They are fun to make and fun to burn later in the evening, too.

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  1. Hi Linda,
    These are so pretty. Great idea.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  2. What a great idea, I love them! And that bottle is so cute!

  3. Linda - I love this idea! I'm from Florida, so we get lots of seashells too - this is such a clever way to use them.

  4. i am replacing my lighting fixtures and fans and am ordering everything from amazon so if i won i would just put the money in my account to save until i have enough to buy everything :)

  5. If I win, I will start my Christmas shopping! Thanks

  6. If I won I would get some extra back to school supplies for my son.

  7. I would probably buy a toaster or maybe some other household things- coasters, frames, etc.

  8. I would buy some books on my wish list at Amazon :)

  9. I would preorder some of the books coming out this fall that I am crazy excited for, like Heir of Fire, The Young Elites, and Trial by Fire.

  10. I'll put it toward an Amazon Fire.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

  11. I would love to buy back to school things such as a new backpacks and shoes!

  12. These look great, and so creative! We are co-hosting together on Wake Up Wednesday! I am now following you :-)

  13. I would buy chapter books for my grandkids.

  14. If I won I would buy my son a new backpack & clothes for back to school. he's had the same backpack for two years & we just don't have the money this year. I think he wants a Alien or space backpack!

  15. Probably something for my sons 4th birthday or for baby #3

  16. I would buy some new movies to watch

  17. I would use it towards cloth training pants for my toddler.

  18. I would buy things for my son for college.

  19. If I won, I would buy printer ink

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

  20. I'd get lots of tunes for my workouts.
    rafflecopter name Barbara Montag
    thank you

  21. I would start on the kids Christmas shopping ;-)

  22. I would put it toward a cartridge for my laser printer.

  23. I would buy some scrapping items for myself

  24. These look so great, and seashells always remind me of relaxing days at the beach. Hope you have a wonderful day.

  25. Wow these look so great! Summer year round! Thanks for linking up at the creative spark link party we hope that you will link up again today!

  26. What great fun to use seashells to make candles. These are really cute!!

  27. Found you on Lou Lou Girls and I love these! So pretty!

  28. What a fun project. Thank you for sharing it with us.


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