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D.I.Y Tutorial: Shell Candles

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Are you heading to the beach this summer? Pick up some shells to make these beautiful shell candles!

These shell candles are such a cute little addition to your home, I think they would look  especially great in your bathroom!


Things you’ll need:

  • Shells – flat but deep shells work best e.g scallop shells
  • Candle Wax – I used left over wax I had from a candle making kit, however you could reuse the wax from an old candle or buy some from your local craft shop.
  • Candle Wicks – This can be picked up from your local craft shop
  • Silicone Cupcake Tin – optional – I found this helped keep my shell in place while pouring in the wax
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Stick – To wrap the wick around to keep it straight in the shell
  • 2 Sauce pans that fit inside each other
  • Plastic Spoon – to pour the wax into the shell

Step one: Stick the wick to the bottom of the shell

Using a hot glue gun, stick one end of the wick to the bottom on the shell. This needs to be as much in the centre as possible – make sure not to cut the wick down (you need excess wick to wrap around the stick later on)

Please be careful when using a hot glue gun – I always manage to burn myself!

Step two: Prepare your shell for the wax

Place the shell in the silicone cupcake tin, then using the stick wrap the wick around it so it is pointing straight upwards. See below:

Step three: Melt the wax

If you buy new wax from a shop, it will most likely come with instructions on the best way to melt that particular wax.

However if you are using left over wax, or recycling a candle – I found using a two saucepans that fit inside each other.

Put some water in the biggest saucepan, then place on the heat. This should be simmering but don’t let the water boil as this can cause an overflow! Check the water occasionally and add more if necessary. Then place your smaller saucepan with wax inside the other saucepan.

Make sure you keep an eye on the wax at all times whilst on the heat

Once the wax has just melted, remove the small saucepan from the heat. Allowing the wax to cool just a little.

Step four: Pouring the wax into the shells

Using the spoon, take the melted wax and pour it gently into the shell. The size of the shell will depend on how much wax you will require but I just filled them up to the top.


As you can see from the above image, I wasn’t the neatest when filling my shells. If you get a little wax down the side of your shell don’t worry too much, I just scraped this off afterwards.

Make sure you let the wax completely cool before you do anything further – you can put your candles in the fridge to speed this up!

Step five: Trimming the wick

Once cooled you can remove your candle from the cupcake tray, and unwind the wick from the stick. At the stage I gently scraped off any run away wax on the side of the shells. (if too tricky, I went over the wax quickly with a lighter just to soften it)

You can then trim your wick to the desired length!

Ta’dahhh you have beautiful little shell candles 🙂

If you do decide to give this a try please let me know by using the hash tag #eighteencreations – I would love to see your photos!

Thank you so much for reading,

Laura xxx

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