DIY sea shell citronella candles

Tea light sea shells

So I’m one of those people who collect pretty sea shells along the beach front. On my last walk, I collected a whole lot of shells with no idea really what I was going to do with them (other than aggravating a hoarding habit 🙈). If you are not close to a beach you can also buy sea shells from a local craft store. Thanks to Pinterest, I came across this  awesome idea of using shells as candle holders. I also added citronella essential oil for fragrance. Citronella is also a natural insect repellent.

Sea shell citronella candles

These DIY sea shell citronella candles can go with any occasion and they make cute centre pieces for a warm and festive table. Here is how you make them.

What you need

Sea shells
Tealight Candles
Citronella Essential Oil
Pyrex glass
Sauce pan


1. Wash sea shells thoroughly to get rid of sand and unwanted matter, let them dry completely.

2. Place paper towels or old newspapers on a counter top. Working with molten wax can get messy!

3. Remove the tealight candle wax from the candle container and separate the candle wicks from the wax

4. Place a candle wick into each of the sea shells

5. Melt the wax in a double boiler – Pyrex glass in a saucepan with boiling water

6. Add 10 drops of citronella essential oil to the molten wax and stir briefly. You can use any other essential oil of your choice

7. Pour the hot wax into the sea shells taking care not to burn yourself

8. Allow the wax to cool and you are done!

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