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 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
- 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 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.
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