Need a cool idea for a summertime party or celebration? Try making some seashell candles. They're really quite easy and make a unique and beautiful project. Here's how to do it.
- Double Boiler or Hot Plate
- Pouring Pitcher
- 1 large and 2 medium seashells (Look for deeper shells with a flat base. We got these at Michael's)
- 1/2 lb. GB 464 Soy Wax
- 3 or 4 CSN 12 Pretabbed Wicks
- 3 Wick Stickums(plus extra to place on the bottom of the shells)
- 1/2 oz. Island Hibiscus Fragrance Oil
- 1/2 Pale Pink Dye Chip
- Spatula or Large Spoon for stirring wax
- Candle and Soap Scale
- Paper towels and alcohol for clean up
- Newspaper to cover your work surface
- Cellophane wrap and ribbon for packaging candles
- Warning Labels
- Optional: Small amount of modeling clay if your shells are not completely level
- Place 1/2 lb. GB 464 wax in a pouring pitcher and melt in a double boiler or on a hot plate.
- While wax is melting, prepare seashells by washing them in hot soapy water and drying thoroughly.
- Place a wick stickum on the bottom of each CSN 12 pretabbed wick and center it in the seashell. (The wick will need to be trimmed.)
- Add half of a Pale Pink Dye Chip to the wax and stir thoroughly. When wax reaches 185° F, add 1/2 oz. Island Hibiscus Fragrance Oil, stir gently, and remove from heat.
- When wax cools to 135° F, carefully pour fragranced and colored wax all the way to the edge of each of the prepared seashells. (We had to prop them up a little so they were level.
- Wipe out pouring pitcher with some paper towels and alcohol to remove any leftover wax while it is still warm.
- Allow your seashell candles to cool completely. Trim excess wick to about 1/4 inch above the wax line.
- Use cellophane wrap and ribbon to package each seashell candle. Place a warning label on the package.
- We used 1 large and 3 medium seashells and had some wax left over. We made 4 tealights with the extra wax using 4 TL15 wicks. You could also make another seashell candle or pour the extra wax into a labeled paper cup for future use.
- Place a small amount of modeling clay on the bottom of each shell if they do not sit level on your table surface.
- Remember to follow all candle safety guidelines.