How to Make DIY Sea Shell Candles

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Collecting seashells along the beach is a popular kids’ summer activity. Take it one step further by modifying their seaside treasures into gorgeous decorations or kids’ make-and-take party favors. This easy seashell candle craft shows you how.

When completed, scatter sea shell candles about your party table along with other beach souvenirs, such as sand dollars and starfish. Larger shells can be used as unique centerpieces or accent pieces in the bath or bedroom.

The ideal souvenir for a seaside-themed party: 

What you’ll need:

  • Wicks
  • Bar of paraffin
  • Double boiler with a pouring lip
  • Metal wick holders
  • Stubs of colored candles
  • Shells

You can find most of these items at your local craft store. If you can’t find metal wick holders, remove the wick’s reasonable tealights. Use stubs from colored candles to make candles in different shades.


  1. Clean shells in a 10% bleach solution: rinse with cool water and let dry.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.
  4. Cover a steady surface with plastic or newspapers. Balance one of the shells on a small cup and slowly pour in the melted wax.
  5. Immediately place the wick and wick holder in the center of the shell. Leave the wax to cool for at least forty-five minutes so all the wax will harden fully.

Light up and enjoy your beautiful seashell candles!

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