DIY Seashell Candles

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Lovely on their own or as a companion to sand candles, these small lights celebrate the beach and the summer.

Collect only good-sized empty shells, or save the shells from your next clambake or oyster fest.
You may also find natural shells at

1.5 x 6.5-inch seashells
Six 2-inch lengths thin wire wick, primed
6 wick holders
0.8 ounces stearin
1 disk wax dye, if desired
8 ounces paraffin wax

1. Clean the seashells thoroughly. Then, to be sure they are really clean, put them in boiling water for a few minutes.

2. Insert the wicks into the wick holders and place one in the middle of each seashell.

3. In the top of a double boiler over medium heat, melt the stearin and wax dye, if using. Add the wax. Melt and mix thoroughly. Heat to 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

4. Fill each seashell nearly to the top and allow to cool completely, or overnight.

5. Trim the wicks to 1/4 inch and arrange the candles on a dish or in a bowl of sand.
Light and enjoy!

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