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How to Make Homemade Candles in Scallop Seashells

Create your own unique ambiance with these exquisite homemade candles nestled in scallop seashells. Crafted with love and attention to detail, these candles are the perfect addition to any space, whether it's your cozy living room or a relaxing bath. The scallop seashells not only add a touch of elegance but also serve as a natural holder for the flickering flame, creating a mesmerizing display that will captivate your senses. Handmade with care, each candle is meticulously poured using high-quality wax and infused with delightful fragrances that will transport you to a tranquil paradise. Choose from a variety of scents, from soothing lavender to refreshing ocean breeze, and let the aromatic notes fill your home with a sense of serenity. The scallop seashells themselves are carefully sourced, ensuring that each one is unique in its shape and size, adding a touch of nature's beauty to your candle collection.

Supplies You’ll Need to Make Candles at Home

Soy Candle Wax Flakes

Scallop Shells
Candle Wicks
Candle Fragrance
4 cup Pyrex Measuring Cup
Hot Glue Gun

Making the Seashell Candles

There are countless ways & various techniques to making candles at home. Here’s the easy process I used that includes melting the candle wax in the microwave.

Step 1: Melting the Wax

Place about 2 cups of the candle wax flakes in a microwavable dish. I used a Pyrex measuring cup so that I could pour the wax into the shells once it melted.

Microwave the flakes for 1 minute then stir. Microwave for another minute, stir, and then microwave the flakes in 30 second increments until the soy wax is completely melted and in liquid form.

Once the candle wax is melted, you will have about 1 cup of melted wax.

Pro Tip:

  • Use a pot holder to pull the glass dish from the microwave. The glass will become hot as the candle wax melts.

Step 2: Add in the Candle Fragrance

With a fork, mix in 1 millimeter of your choice of candle fragrance to the melted wax. I had peach fragrance on hand so that’s the scent I used.

Mix until the oil of the fragrance is no longer visible in the wax (about 20-30 seconds).

Place the scented candle wax off to the side and allow to cool slightly. Wax will become slightly cloudy as it cools.

Step 3: Place the Candle Wicks in the Seashells

While the candle wax cools, you can add the candle wicks to the inside of the seashells.

With a hot glue gun, place a dollop of hot glue on the metal bottom of the candle wick. Attach that to the deepest part of the inside of the seashell.

Pro Tip:

  • I used a wax covered candle wick which kept the wick standing straight up. This way I didn’t have to worry about the wick falling over or into the wax.

Once the all the wicks have been added, you can begin pouring the candle wax into the shells.

Step 4: Pouring the Candle Wax Into the Scallop Shells

On a covered surface (I used an aluminum foil lined baking sheet), prop the shells up so that they are as level as possible. I used a few paper towels on each side of the shell to make them level to ensure the wax wouldn’t flow out of the shells.

Very carefully pour the cooled candle wax into each seashell. Fill them up to the brim, leaving just a little space at the top to prevent overflowing.

The candle wax will become opaque as it cools.

Step 5: Allow the Candles to Set & Cut Wicks

Allow the candles to cool and set completely. Depending on the size of your candles, this process may take a few hours.

After the wax has solidified, trim the wick to about a quarter-inch above the wax’s surface. This step ensures a cleaner and more even burn when you light your candles.

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