If you love oysters as much as I do, then you will also love to make this D.I.Y Oyster Shell Candle. 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 May River only a few blocks away. Whether you are using oysters from the beach, or buying from a local oyster factory or craft store, don’t forget to wash them with a combination of water and cider vinegar. The cider vinegar lightens naturally without any chemical smell or irritation to the skin.
- Several dozen of cleaned oyster shells (Try to set aside oyster shells that are 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, place in a cup. Use a hot glue gun and glue the oysters 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 The more you add the bigger the 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 up 6 or 7 layers of shells. You can as many as you want. (The picture above shows the 4 shells that I started with upside down.) That way you can start placing each shell on top of the previous shells.
You can create a mini to a large one that shown below. Totally up to you! I hope you love my oyster shell candle holder.