July 4, 2012

Seashell Candles

In a recent post I mentioned that the boys went walking along the beach and gathered up piles of shells and things along the shore. They let me take some of these shells so I could make them into candles.

I bought a few tea light candles to make the project a little quicker. I like green this spring so my tea lights are green. They also have a subtle scent to them which is nice. With a perry knife I took out the candle part and left the outer plastic holder and the metal wick stabilizer.

Then, I placed the shells (that had been cleaned) onto a cookie sheet and added a tea light and the wick in the middle of each shell. Then I added extra wax to fill the shell up.

Next, I placed the shells with wax in them into a warm oven until the wax mostly melted.

Here is the tricky part...getting then out of the oven with our spilling the now melted wax. Once they are out I stabilized the wicks which were trying to fall down with a wooden spoon and a clothes pin. You can also wait until the wax is about half solidified and stick a wick into it then. 

Once they are solid they are good to go. I used mine in the bathroom and in the kitchen.

1 comment:

  1. Great idea! I think I'll do it the next time we get shells! Your photos are very helpful- thanks.

    Hope you don't mind that I linked this blog to mine! :)