These candles were so fast to create and very inexpensive too.
Keep reading for the fast and easy tutorial.
A favorite pastime for our family is collecting seashells. I selected a few that had been gathered from previous outings but you can find seashells at craft and thrift stores. Make sure they are clean and then place them on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper or foil.
Using citronella candles from the dollar store simply pop the candle out of its thin tin votive holder.
Turn the candle over and gently pull the wick out.
Set one wick inside each seashell. If the shell is quite large you may want to add a second wick for even burning.
Put all of the now wickless wax candles into a clean tin can and then place the tin can into a pan of boiling water. You may need to add a bit of weight to the top of the tin can if it bobs and floats in the water. I used my copper tea kettle. Take care to not let any water seep into the tin can as it will affect how the wax firms up. The wax melts quickly (about 2 minutes). Use tongs to remove the can as it heats up quickly. Then protect yourself while pouring by simply wrapping an old cotton cloth around the can.
On my first attempt I found that the weight of the hot wax caused the shells to tip over. Thankfully I had lined my cookie sheet with wax paper. :)
I recommend making each shell a little nest using a small bit of paper towel and then the shells will not topple over while being filled. The wax will harden in less than an hour.
In the meantime I gathered up various jars and vases and began filling them with sugar since I had no sand. I gently set a shell candle within each container and scattered a few small shells to surround it.
The seashell candle was the perfect finishing touch for a summertime nautical vignette.
As the sun began to set I lined the sidewalk with blue mason jars to create a midsummer night’s dream.
Wouldn’t this be a pretty party welcome?
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