How to Make Seashell Candles

How to Make Seashell Candles

Lovely on their own or as a companion to sand candles, these small lights celebrate the beach and the summer. Collect only good-sized empty shells, or save the shells from your next clambake or oyster fest.



  • 1.5 x 6.5-inch seashells
  • Six 2-inch lengths thin wire wick, primed
  • 6 wick holders
  • 0.8 ounces stearin
  • 1 disk wax dye, if desired
  • 8 ounces paraffin wax


  • 1. Clean the seashells thoroughly. Then, to be sure they are really clean, put them in boiling water for a few minutes.
  • 2. Insert the wicks into the wick holders and place one in the middle of each seashell.
  • 3. In the top of a double boiler over medium heat, melt the stearin and wax dye, if using. Add the wax. Melt and mix thoroughly. Heat to 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • 4. Fill each seashell nearly to the top and allow to cool completely, or overnight.
  • 5. Trim the wicks to 1/4 inch and arrange the candles on a dish or in a bowl of sand. Light and enjoy!