If you love oysters as much as I do, then you will also love to make this DIY mini oyster shell candle holder. I have worked with oysters before, but this project proved to be one of the most challenging. I’m lucky because I get my oyster shells at the Stone and Landscape place here in South Carolina. You can purchase online through Amazon.
Cleaning The Oyster shells
Use a combination of water and cider vinegar. The cider vinegar lightens naturally without any chemical smell or irritation to the skin. Here is a helpful post on cleaning oyster shells.
2 cup of cider vinegar to 2 gallons of water. Make sure the shells are all covered. Let sit for one day. With a little brush, remove all the debris from the shell. It should come off very easily. Let them dry individually in the fresh air. They must be completely dry before applying the glue.
- Several dozen of cleaned oyster shells (Try to set aside oyster shells that are the similar size)
- Hot glue sticks & a glue gun
- Small candle (small enough to fit in the center of the candle holder)
- Start with 4 flat oysters shell, place in a cup. Use a hot glue gun and glue the oysters’ shells together.
- Start adding one layer of oyster shells as feet with the glue gun, until you have 4 layers that form a circular candle holder.
My advice to you is when you are adding the second layer of shells on top of each, let the layers dry in between. Then start adding more. You can add as many as you want. This is post is for small ones, but you can add more layers to create a big oyster shell candle holder. Here is a post on making a large oyster shell candle holder.
You can create a mini to a large one that shown below. Totally up to you! I hope you love my DIY mini oyster shell candle holder.