While cleaning my room out this summer, I found a box with a bunch of shells in it from my Florida trip a long time ago. When I say a long time ago I mean when I was a young child. You can probably tell when the last time I properly cleaned my room was. It was in a box on the top shelf in my closet and I don’t generally clean up there okay?
So I decided to make something useful out of them rather than just leaving them in a box their whole “shell” lives. haha. I have always liked beachy decor and beach themed things. So I decided making a candle would be quite fun and also look really cute in my room.
Things you will need:
- glass jar or candle holder
- candle wax or small candles of your choice
- hot glue gun or some other type of strong hold glue
- glitter or other decorate items
I started off by going to my local dollar store and picking up a random glass that I thought a candle would look nice in.
I then went to Bath and Body Works and picked up various beach smelling mini candles that I could later use to melt down into one big candle.
There were many to choose from but I ended up picking up Peach Bellini, Tiki Beach, Spiced Pineapple Samba, and a few others I can’t remember the name of.
I used an old wick from a candle that was all used up and just stuck it in the bottom, but you can also buy wicks at any craft store or probably even Walmart. Then I just chopped off the top to a nice length after the candle was all done.
I then put the candles in the microwave to melt the wax, which I don’t recommend doing because it is not the safest way. The wick could start on fire. There is also a metal piece on the bottom of every wick. It’s a slower process but I recommend just forking out the wax and putting it in a sauce pan over low heat. Or you could just buy the candle wax itself instead of small candles. I poured the waxes from each candle into the jar, letting it cool before each different colored wax.
For the next part you will want to use a strong hold glue. I used my hot glue gun and just started gluing shells of different sizes onto the sides.
When I was done it just looked like something was missing. I wanted to spice it up a little bit. I found some leftover glitter that I had used for a different project. I hot glued a zigzag design up and down each corner and then dumped the glitter on top. However it seemed to stick everywhere else on the jar as well. So I used my hair dryer on the cold setting to get the bits off in the other areas. It didn’t work too well and made a huge mess. I should have figured. Feel free to also use any other method of applying glitter or other various decorative items because I didn’t seem to do a very good job of that! haha 🙂
I hope you enjoyed this! It was a lot of fun to make…even making messes. I think it could have turned out a bit better but overall it gives my room a relaxing beachy feel to it. I have also added a few other beachy things in my room.
I hope you are all enjoying the start to the new school year if you are in school or college! I know I am. (sarcasm) Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to follow my blog if you’d like!