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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Lovely Summertime Seashell Candles

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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Decor To Adore said...

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marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I love this idea and so pretty in the shells. Very creative.

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

How fun! I love this!

Ashley Nicole said...

This is so fun and simple! I love how you could easily customize this for any occasion by using different color sands, vases or jars. Perfect for summer!

Susan said...

Oh definitely, Laura, that would be a darling party welcome. What a great and creative idea! Thanks for sharing. Susan

Vicki said...

What a clever idea, thanks for sharing it!

Vel Criste said...

It would! So pretty Laura!

martinealison said...

Bonjour chère amie,

Une idée fabuleuse... Je vais la mettre en pratique.

Gros bisous ☼

Mari said...

I love this idea, it's beautiful ;-) thanks for sharing ;-)


tracy young said...

You never seem to amaze me with the things you come up with! Very cute idea my friend!

Rita C. said...

Very sweet (literally!). I tried to find those little citronella votives at my Dollar Tree with no luck - they're so pretty. Yes, very pretty for a midsummer's night dream welcome.

Decor To Adore said...

IKEA sells candles for $1 a bag and WalMart has similar options in both their Home Decor and Patio areas.

Karena Albert said...

Laura these are darling summertime candles! We did not find many shells on the beach, however Isabella was given some pretty ones to bring home! I hope so much to meet you one day!

The Arts by Karena

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

We're headed to the Jersey shore for our usual summer vacation by the sea. Can't wait to collect more shells. Love your idea, thrifty and pretty at the same time!
xo Kathleen

Maria Elena said...

Laura, what a beautiful idea! Love it!

Ivy and Elephants said...

I love them! So cute the shells in the sand. Functional with no fear of the flames.
What ambiance, lovely!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Love them! Thanks for sharing. I need to make a trip to DT for some of the candles. I used to make candles - many moons ago.

Lorrie said...

C'est une idée charmante. Les bougies dans l'été ont l'air de romance.

Julie V said...

These are beautiful. Thank you!
Does the flame eventually leave char marks on the shells? Can you reuse the shells if you add another wick and more wax?

Ann K said...

Love these candle ideas!! I'm a collector of seashells, also. I've made different crafts and decor items from seashells on my blog before...and I love candles!!

Ann @ Cairn Cottage

Susan Clayton said...

Good tip about the tippy shells! Your pictures do a wonderful job of showcasing just how lovely this simple project can look. I'm making it a pick of the week for my post An Ocean Breeze which will publish July 18. I couldn't use sugar though - with all the rain we've had the ant population is booming!

Susan Clayton said...

I'm also your newest follower!