DIY: Shell Candles

While I was in Newport, I collected a bunch of sea shells from first beach as seen here.  When I got home, I knew exactly what I was going to do with them; I was going to make shell candles.  It was perfect timing because I was making a romantic dinner that had seafood on the menu.  If you’re curious, I made halibut ceviche and scallops with polenta. I bought a candle making kit at Michael’s for about $25.  It included a double boiler, wax, and wicks.  The gold shell candles made the whole table look elegant.  Who would’ve known that these candles were just plain shells front the beach?

1. I scrubbed the shells with a course sponge and let them dry.

2. Spray paint the shells in a well ventilated area. Wait for it to dry then flip the shell over and spray the other side.

3. Once the shells are dried, you will need a container to melt the wax, wax, and wicks.

4. I melted the wax in a double boiler. Once the wax was thoroughly melted, I dipped the wick into the wax and then placed it in the middle of the shell.

5. I poured the wax into the shell but not all the way to the edge. Continue with the rest of the shells. The wax took about 3o minutes to fully harden.

 Waiting for my dinner date!