DIY Seashell Candles

Slowly but surely our home has been transforming from farmhouse to coastal cottage and I’ve been dying to make beach inspired crafts. This could be one of my favorite little projects, it’s so simple and a wonderful way to make use of the seashells we’ve collected through out the years.

You’ve probably seen this idea on pinterest and I couldn’t wait to try it! I’ve been collecting seashells since 2009 when we lived in Guam a beautiful little island in the western Pacific Ocean. I remember when my husband told me that we were moving to Guam, I truly had no idea where in the world this place was, but I was excited! We met some wonderful U.S Navy personnel shortly after arriving and we couldn’t wait to explore the island.

I was in for a treat, the beaches were amazing and I quickly fell in love with the little island. We lived in a gorgeous condo about a block away from the beach and did we take advantage of it!

I took my sweet little Juliet to the beach everyday for a whole year, it truly became our daily routine. We used to spend hours at the beach picking up sea shells, building sand castles, and applying sunscreen! And every day we brought home seashells, some of them as tiny as peanuts! Juliet also loved looking for little hermit crabs! You would see them peeking out from their shells and quickly run through the sand. Once in a while I would catch Juliet sneaking little hermit crabs back home in her bucket!

Let’s just say we collected a lot of seashells and set free little hermit crabs that snuck in our home.

DIY Seashell Candles

DIY Seashell Candles


Tealight Candles
Glue Gun



Step 1: Separate the wick from the tealight candle, the wick should come out easily.

Step 2: Melt wax in a saucepan over a low heat.

Step 3: Use deep shells that sit upright and hot glue the wick into the center of the shells.

Step 4. Once the wax has melted, pour it into the seashells. Let wax cool fully before you move them.


DIY Seashell Candles

DIY Seashell Candles

Now, I can simply dim down the lights and watch them glow.



  • Janine
    February 19, 2017

    I love this project. I made them but painted the outside silver, but I love your natural version better. It sounds like you have a cool life, traveling all over the world. I enjoy vicariously living through your adventures of exploring various parts of the world!

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    • paintmepink
      February 28, 2017

      Thank you so much for your sweet words, Janine! I bet they look just as beautiful in silver now I really want to paint some gold -hehe- Military life has its perks like traveling the world and actually live in different countries, but it’s hard to grow roots and truly make a place your own knowing that you will leave everything behind in a few years. It’s bittersweet 🙂

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