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How To Create A Oyster Shell Tea Light Candle

How To Create A Oyster Shell Tea Light Candle that makes a perfect centerpiece

Welcome to March Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop hosted by My Pinterventures, This month I choose to create an oyster shell tea light candle DIY. These small tea lights holders are perfect beach theme table decor. I had seen them on Pinterest and got inspired.

I love using candles at my parties and many of you know that follow my blog I love using oyster shells for many of my coastal home decor projects. This year my son is getting married and I am in charge of the rehearsal dinner. I have decided to use an oyster shell tea light candle as part of the beach table centerpieces. I am going for a beach theme.  I will need about 25 oyster shell candles. That means I need a few weeks to prepare.

What you need to make these.

There are many types of wax to use to make the tea lights.  I decided on soy wax. You can buy a kit of soy candle wax and wicks at Amazon along with a centering device.  The wax is natural and will burn clean and smooth. There is no worry about the unhealthy chemical that is found in traditional paraffin wax.

When selecting the oysters make sure you select ones that can stand and don’t tilt, otherwise, the wax will drip out of the shell when pouring. Make sure you clean them first. Cleaning post here. You can keep them natural or paint them gold.

    • Oyster Shell
    • Wicks
    • Centering Device
    • Soy Candle Wax
    • A Stainless Steel Pot (to melt the wax)

 Prepare The Wicks.

Cut the wicks to 1 1/2 inch length. Use the centering device to center the wick. This device will hold it firmly in the oyster shell.

 Melt the Wax

You will need 1 lb of soy wax which will make about small 25 oyster shell tea lights. Each oyster shell holds 2 tbsp of wax.

The pot you use should be designated for candle making, so don’t pick anything that you use every day. It’s tough to remove wax from the bottom of a pot. Check out flea market for used stainless steel pots. Measure 1 cup at a time into the pot and place it on the burner. The wax will melt in minutes. It only takes 15 minutes for the wax to harden.


I love the way they turned out and excited to use them for my son’s rehearsal dinner in May. These tea lights are also perfect for beach wedding table centerpieces.

For more oyster shell projects: oyster shell mirror, oyster shell candle holder, oyster shell wreath.

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  1. Great tutorial and these look so pretty on your table.

  2. These are lovely and they will be wonderful for a wedding rehearsal dinner. These have been on my to make list for a while – I’ve pinned lots of them. I need to make the time to do them.

  3. Mother of 3 says:

    Those came out great and I bet they’ll be a huge hit at the rehearsal dinner. Pinned.

  4. Those look so chic, Maria. I never thought there could be a device to center the wicks and keep them in place. Pinning for future reference

  5. These are so cool, Maria! I’m inspired to make my own candles after reading your post. They are going to look lovely at the rehearsal dinner.

  6. Maria, these would go great with my sealife tableware out on the covered porch. Once summer comes to Pittsburgh, I’ll have to give them a try.

  7. What a cool way to make candles, especially for a beach theme rehearsal dinner! They turned out lovely!

  8. Love your ability to use oyster shells in so many creative and imaginative ways, Maria! Thanks for sharing on Homestyle Gathering!

  9. These are going to be the Wow factor on the tables for your sons rehearsal dinner. I love how easy they are to make.

  10. These are so lovely. The candles will add sparkle and shine and a little bling.

  11. I have a ton of oyster shells sitting outside waiting for a project. This looks like a great way for me to create something functional for our home. BTW – did you paint the insides with gold paint?

  12. These are very elegant. I love how you staged your pictures to showcase what you created!

  13. Such an affordable and pretty element to add to your tablescape. Love the touch of gold. Looks beautiful next to your dishes. Appreciate all the tips you provided.

  14. Your tea light candles are so chic! They look wonderful with your dishes! I didn’t know about the wick centering tool. Thanks for all the tips for getting the candle centered and balanced on an organic base. -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  15. These are such a clever, beautiful project! They look lovely on your tablescape and I am sure that they will add a wonderful touch to the rehearsal dinner!

  16. What a beautiful tablescape for a rehearsal or even a wedding! I love how they turned out.

  17. What a wonderful candle DIY. I have been eyeing those in a long time but never felt 100 % the need to recreate them. Your oyster candles on the other hand… I love nature crafts, I love the beach, I love sea food. Excellent combination. I will make sure to pin it to my wedding inspiration board, too, as I think they look fabulous on a set table.

    1. Thanks for connecting and enjoying my candle. Thanks for pinning. I’m happy to hear we have lots in common when it comes to nature.

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