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Sea Shell DIY Candles – Easy to make

Sea shell DIY candles are a quick and easy craft that can be used in beach house decor and also makes a great gift.

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If you love collecting sea shells or already have a big collection but don’t know what to do with them, these cute sea shell DIY candles are a great way to put your beautiful shells on display!

My family and I visited the East coast this summer and I came back home with a bunch of gorgeous sea shells and a small collection of sea glass. I created some DIY sea glass art with my sea glass.

I was kind of stumped with what to do with my sea shells though.

The shells were large so I figured they would look nice on display on a shelf or side table just on their own.

The first thing I did was clean my sea shells. Cleaning them was important, so it removed all the “sea gunk” and smells often left behind. I have a tutorial that shows a couple of simple methods on how to clean your sea shells.

After cleaning and drying out the shells,  I “blinged” them up with some gold paint. You can never go wrong with gold!

I found it brought out all the interesting textures and accentuated their beauty. I would recommend using a high quality gold paint to give it a gold plated / reflective look.

To create the candles inside the shells, I melted some candle wax and reused the wicks from tea lights/votive candles.

I dropped in a decorative pearl before the wax hardened, for an extra zing!

One thing I didn’t do which I kind wish I had was to add in a couple drops of essential oils into the wax. That way, they’re not only pretty but also smell nice!

Another idea I had, post project, was to use different color candle wax. I always dream of the craziest ideas AFTER I complete a project! Oh well, it’s an excuse to make some more…

Here’s the full tutorial on this shell diy craft…


  1. Cleaned sea shells
  2. Optional ( crafting pearls)


  1. Take your cleaned sea shells and place them shell side up. Using some high quality gold paint, paint the outer part of the shells. To keep all the natural textures of the shells, you can wipe away some of the excess paint with a paper towel.   shell diy candle easyshell diy seashell candle craft easy(1)
  2. I decided to add in a thin gold border to the inside of the shell too. You need a finer paint brush to do this sea shell candle
  3. Leave them to dry ( a few minutes)
  4. If making candles, take out the candle wax from a bunch of tea lights, reserving the candle wicks for candle making tea lights wax
  5. Use a double boiler ( or a heat safe bowl placed on top of a boiling pot of water) to melt your wax. how to melt candle wax on stove double boilerdiy candle melting wax double boiler
  6. Safely pour the wax into each sea shell. I poured my wax into a glass pyrex measuring cup first, because it has a spout which helps with pouring it with precision.
  7. While the wax is still liquid, place your reserved candle wicks ( from your tealights above) in the center of the shell.
  8. Optional: add in a decorative crafting pearl as a cute detail into the wax.

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And voila! Gorgeous sea shell diy candles that you add to your beach house decor or gift them as souvenirs to friends and family!

If you want other beach or sea shell inspired crafts, check out my other posts:

If you likes this craft, please pin on Pinterest!

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Wednesday 22nd of July 2020

I love the candle craft I collect an paint shells every Summer as we go to the beach every July An I love gold lol

Jasmine K

Wednesday 22nd of July 2020

Thank you Sue! What a fun tradition to have- hope you enjoy collecting them this year!! And gold is one of my faves too 😉

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