Seashell candles

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.



  1. Place 1/2 lb. GB 464 wax in a pouring pitcher and melt in a double boiler or on a hot plate.
  2. While the wax is melting, prepare seashells by washing them in hot soapy water and drying thoroughly.
  3. 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.)
  4. Add a quarter of a Pale Pink Dye Chip to the wax and stir thoroughly. When the wax reaches 185° F, add 1/2 oz. Ocean Breeze Fragrance Oil, stir gently and remove from heat.
  5. When the 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.
  6. Wipe out the pouring pitcher with some paper towels and alcohol to remove any leftover wax while it is still warm.
  7. Allow your seashell candles to cool completely. Trim excess wick to about 1/4 inch above the wax line.
  8. 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 ECO .75 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.