We love candles and we love shell crafts, so we had to make our own seashell candles. We see designer candles like these at Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel. But they are spendy! Besides, it’s more fun when you make it yourself!
These candles are so pretty and it turns out, with the right set of molds, they are not any harder to make than a pillar candle. In fact, the first half of the craft is the same as making a pillar candle. The only difference is that you set the pillar candle inside a larger mold, add shells and pour on more wax. We’ll show you how. And if you have any comments or questions, just write them in the comments and we will reply. We are always here to help!
How To Make Seashell Candles
Yaley Embedding Mold Set: 3” core mold & 4” outer mold
Premium wax for pillars
Large square braid wicking
Coconut lime verbena liquid candle scent
Yellow dye block for candles
Yaley Translucent crystals additive
Chisel and hammer
Candle making thermometer
White index card
1. Preparing The Core Mold And Wicking
Cover the top edges of each mold with small pieces of masking tape to cover sharp edges. Feed the wicking through the hole at bottom of the smaller core mold leaving about three inches of wick sticking out the bottom. Coil the end of the wick. Roll the mold sealer into a ball and press it over the coiled wick to seal the bottom of the mold.
Tie other end of the wick to a pencil and prop it across the top of the mold. Trim off excess wicking.
2. Melting the Wax, Adding Translucent Crystals Additive and Adding Color & Scent
Cut the wax into small chunks using the chisel, hammer, and cutting board. Weigh out the wax for the volume of the mold you are using, then add 4 ounces for spillage and shrinkage. (Our mold holds 25 ounces of wax.) Melt the wax to 210°F. Add 1 tablespoon of translucent additive. Shave a few carrot curls of color off the dye block onto the index card using the potato peeler. Add the shavings to the melted wax and stir. Test the color by dripping a few drops onto an index card. Add more color if desired. Add one tablespoon of liquid candle scent to the wax.
3. Pouring The Core Mold & Refilling The Well
Pour the wax into the mold and recenter the wick. Let the candle cool for one hour.
Use the skewer to poke four or five holes in the candle near the wick all the way to the bottom of the mold. Reheat the wax and refill the candle up to but not over the original fill line. Let cool and repeat if another well forms.
4. Unmolding The Core Mold, Placing In Outer Mold & Filling With Shells
Let the candle cool completely for about 12 hours. Remove the masking tape from the mold edge. Remove the pencil and turn the mold over. Remove the mold sealer. Let the candle slide out of the mold. (If it doesn’t slide out easily, place it in the refrigerator for ten minutes and try again.) Turn the candle over – the bottom is the top.
Trim the bottom wick flush. Seal the hole in the bottom of the outer mold with mold sealer.
Set the core candle in the outer mold. Tie the end of the wick to a pencil and prop it across the top of the mold. Slide shells into the gap between the core candle and the outer mold.
5. Remelting The Wax, Pouring The Outer Mold & Refilling The Well
Remelt the wax to 200-210°F. Pour the wax into the mold until it covers all shells, fills outer mold, and has a layer over the top of the inner core candle. Wait 30 minutes and reheat the wax. Repour over the shells where wax has shrunken. Repeat if needed.
6. Melting The Top Of The Candle In The Mold
Use the heat gun to melt the top half-inch of wax in the mold.
7. Unmolding The Candle, Trimming The Wick & Melting The Outside With The Heat Gun
Let the candle cool completely overnight. Remove the masking tape from the mold edge. Remove the pencil and turn the mold over. Remove the mold sealer. Let the candle slide out of the mold. (If it doesn’t slide out easily, place it in the refrigerator for ten minutes and try again.) Trim the wick to 1/4″.
Use the heat gun to melt away some wax from the sides to reveal the shells.
Have you ever tried making your own candles? If you want to get started, we have a whole course on candle making on Curious which includes a lesson for this candle. Click here to get a discount when you sign up for our classes. It’s so fun!
Jennifer & Kitty