Sea shell candles are a great way of decorating your home. You can have a lot of fun while making them. You can make these for special occasions like a pool party or a Spongebob party. It will be a great idea to involve your children while making sea shell candles. These candles can also be given as party favors. Gathering sea shells from the beach is exciting. However, most people tend to just stack them away once home. Why not put them to better use? Go a step further by converting these seaside riches into attractive candles. Once you are done, you can spread out these candles around your party table top or next to other beach keepsakes, such as sand dollars and starfish. Larger shells can be used as exclusive centerpieces, or ornamental pieces in the bedroom or bathroom. Read on to learn how to make your very own sea shell candles.
Making Sea Shell Candles
- Bar of paraffin
- Metal wick holders
- Double boiler with a pouring lip
- Stubs of colored candles
Most of these items can be found at your local craft store. Use stubs from colored candles to make candles in various shades.
- Soak the sea shells in a 10% bleach solution and clean them thoroughly. Wash with cool water and let them dry.
- Chop up the paraffin bar into small portions and melt them in the top portion of the double boiler. You have the option of using the paraffin or you can add small pieces of colored wax for diverse color combinations. This is a great way to use up your old candle stubs. Try out different permutations and combinations and experiment with color blends, but bear in mind that the wax will be a shade darker once it dries.
- Cover a stable surface with plastic or newspapers. Balance one of the shells on a small cup and slowly pour in the molten wax. Without delay place the wick and wick holder in the center of the shell. Allow the wax to cool for at least 30 minutes so that all the wax is fully set.
- Your sea shell candles are ready to be lit!
- Oven proof Pyrex
- Measuring cup, and a few drops of your favorite scented oil
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Put your shell on a small bed of salt to level it & keep it from moving. Pre-position wick in the center of shell. Keep aside.
- Then chop the beeswax into chunks and put it in the Pyrex cup. Place the cup on a cookie sheet and put it in the oven.
- Keep a tab on the melting wax as it melts really fast.
- When melted, take out from oven. Now stir your preferred scented oil into melted wax slowly.
- Without delay pour the wax into your shell, slowly, in a layering sort of way.
- Press a few small shells into this molten wax before it hardens.
- Once cooled, your candle is ready to use.