How to Make a Seashell Candle Votive
How to Make a Seashell Votive
Turn treasured seashells into beautiful and functional candles! With some standard wax, any seashell can be transformed into a useful votive. These are excellent to give as gifts or use in home décor as centerpieces. Making your own seashell candles is fun, easy, and inexpensive! I hope you enjoy this project.
What You'll Need
- Wax. You can either use a kit from a craft store. Bead paraffin wax is the easiest type to use and melts smoothly. It's easier to control the amount of wax you make.
- Wick. Available at a craft store. You will need one that has a metal base attached so that the wick will stand upright.
- Candle Wax Dye. If you want your candle to be colored, you can purchase dye from a craft store. It is easy to use and goes a long way. Like paint, the dye will always harden to a darker shade than you are working with. Use it sparingly.
- Candle Wax Scent. When making your candle, it is very easy to add a scent. Bottles of wax perfumes are available at craft stores. If you prefer, you can complete this project with pre-scented wax.
- Metal Can. This will make the melting process easy and spare you from cleaning up melted wax.
- Craft Stick. You'll use this to stir the mix.
- Shells. You can either use shells from your own personal collection or purchase shells in any size from craft stores. For this tutorial, I am using a large conch shell. You can use any shell from scallops to oysters.
- Make sure the seashell you use is clean and oil-free. Wash it with light detergent and let it dry thoroughly. Place it on newspaper or scrap paper to protect your workspace.
- Place a saucepan 3/4th full of water on the burner on the stove on low- medium heat. Place a tin can (label removed) into the saucepan. Add enough paraffin wax beads to the can to fit your seashell. It is okay if you make extra.
- Slowly stir the wax beads with a wooden craft stick so it melts evenly. Stir until the wax is melted and smooth.
- If adding color to your wax, drop a few drops of your preferred dye into the mix. Stir until even.
- If you add scent to the candle, remove the wax mix from the heat. Stir in the scent quickly before the wax hardens.
- While the wax is still warm and pliable, pour it into the seashell. Carefully add the wick so it stands up straight in the candle.
- Allow the candle to dry and harden for at least 40 minutes. When it is set you can trim the wick to your desired length.
- Your candle is ready for use or for gift giving!
How to Make a Wine-Bottle Candle
By using a long wick, an elaborate candle holder can be made by pouring wax into a tall wine bottle with its label removed. Carefully pour the wax into the wine bottle and add a long wick. This is an easy way to add some flair to any home décor and brings romance to a special dinner. Add a few wine-bottle candles for a dramatic look!