Decor is one of the most important aspects of the wedding; it should convey your personality as well as that of your future husband’s. It should suit your style and every small aspect should come together to create a breathtaking overall effect. That’s why even the smallest details are so important. These gorgeous DIY shell candles are wonderful accents for tables, and are super easy and affordable to create.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- Tea Light Candles (1-2 for every shell candle you will make)
- Shells (any type of seashell that sits flat and can hold wax; oyster shells and similar shells are perfect for this craft)
- Wax Warmer or Double Boiler
- Small Jewelry Pliers
- Double-sided Tape
That’s it – this is such an easy task and doesn’t require a lot of time or patience. You can do this while you watch television, wait for dinner to cook, etc. Or, invite your bridesmaids over and make an afternoon of it while getting some great free help!
How to Create the Candles
Step One: Start by turning on your wax warmer or double boiler. This is the heat source you will use to melt the wax in the tea lights. Place a few on top of the burner and allow them to melt completely. Make sure you have your shells washed, dried and ready to go.
Step Two: When the wax in the tea lights has melted, carefully remove the wick and place it on a sheet of wax paper for later. Use caution, as the wax will be hot. Once the wax on the wick has cooled, place a tiny piece of double-sided tape on the bottom and put the wick inside the first shell.
Step Three: Next, take your jewelry pliers and pick up the melted tea light by gripping the side of the metal cup. Carefully pour the wax into the shell. It may take only one tea light to fill the shell, depending upon how shallow it is, or it may take two. Allow the candle wax to dry completely.
That’s all there is to it – it’s super easy and your shell candles are the perfect accessory for your beach wedding table! You can change things up a bit by adding scent using essential oil, creating colored candles by using colored tea lights, and even adding glitter!