How to Make Sea Shell Candles
Collecting sea shells along the beach is a favorite kids
summer activity. Take it one step further by transforming their
seaside treasures into beautiful decorations or kids
make-and-take party favors. This easy sea shell candle craft
shows you how.
When completed, scatter sea shell candles about your party
table along with other beach souvenirs, such as starfish and sand
dollars. Larger shells can be used as unique centerpieces, or
accent pieces in the bedroom or bath.
The perfect souvenir for a seaside-themed party.
What you'll need:
- 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. If
you can't find metal wick holders, remove the wicks inexpensive
tealights. Use stubs from colored candles to make candles in
Clean shells in a 10% bleach solution. Rinse with cool water
and let dry.
Cut up the paraffin block into smaller chunks with a sharp
knife. Melt them in the top of the double boiler by heating the
water below to a slow simmer. Use the paraffin as is, or you may
wish to add bits of colored wax for different color combinations.
This is a great way to use up your old candle stubs. Experiment
with color blends, but remember that the wax will be a shade
darker when it dries.
Cover a steady surface with plastic or newspapers. Balance one
of the shells on a small cup and slowly pour in the melted wax.
Immediately place the wick and wick holder in the center of the
shell. Leave wax to cool for at least 30 minutes so all the wax
will harden fully.
Light up and enjoy your beautiful sea shell candles!
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