Tomorrow we’re doing a French-themed entertaining post that had us focusing on mussels for a while. After toying with a few DIY projects to go with the table settings (the rest will be on the site tomorrow), we decided to go back to basics and make some quick and easy shell candles. This is my favorite sort of project, one that takes next to no time and very little money. All you need are some shells (I used the leftovers from summer collecting), a few tea lights and something to melt the wax. If you’re lazy and using small shells like I did, you can just melt a few tapers over the shells, but the proper method usually involves making a simple double boiler. After the jump, I’ll walk you through the full steps, and you’ll be on your way to creating a rustic French table setting. Stay tuned for the full recipes and DIYs tomorrow! xo, grace
Photos by Maxwell Tielman
Full how-to continues after the jump . . .
- tea lights
- double boiler or a heat-safe bowl over a pot of simmering water
1. Remove the wicks from the tea lights by peeling off the silver covers.
2. Place the wicks in the bottoms of the shells. (If the shells won’t lay flat, you can lay them on a crumpled paper bag or cloth to keep them level)
3. Place the leftover (without wicks) candles in the double boiler and melt. (You can also melt them in a non-stick pan. You’ll just need to clean the pan while it’s still pretty hot to get all the wax off.)
4. Carefully pour the candle wax into each shell, leaving at least a half-inch of wick exposed. This step can get a little bit messy, so to avoid wax spills on your table, it’s best to place your shells on a piece of aluminum foil or paper before pouring.
5. Wait for them to dry completely and then set on the table!