DIY Project: Seashell Votive Candles

I love the beach. I love candles. What could be more exciting for me than a DIY project that combines the two? I just ran across an article from Better Homes & Gardens about how to make your very own seashell votive candles.

Finding your seashells to use is the fun part. You want fairly large shells as they will make better “containers.” Then clean them out with a water/bleach solution. This project requires a bar of paraffin. Paraffin can easily be found in craft stores or in your local Walmart. For example, this two pound block of Gulf Wax paraffin was less than $3 at Walmart:

Gulf Wax Paraffin Block - #wax #GulfWax

You have to melt the wax in a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler on hand, you can always make a makeshift one. Just don’t melt the wax directly over the heat. If you want colorful wax, you can add bits of wax from used up candles. What a great way to make use of left over candle wax! The metal wicks and wick holders that are needed can also be bought in craft stores.

Read the full article on how to make seashell votive candles at BHG. The project is fairly simple and the results are simply breathtaking.

Seashell Votive Candles - #DIY #BetterHomesAndGardens #DoItYourself #crafts #candles

Have you ever made seashell votive candles before? If so, do you have any tips for us DIY newbies?


Have fun with candles!



Author: Avery Jordan

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  1. Or you can cheat & use candles you have laying around. This is really good for those great smelling candles that you love but they’re almost gone & now the container looks ugly.

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    • That’s a good idea, Suzie! Thanks! I have several candles that are almost gone but I haven’t had the courage to dispose of them yet. I’m eager to try this project.

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