How to Make Seashell Candle Holders

I’ve always loved seashells. They remind me of the beach, the ocean, warm summer breezes? What’s not to love!!! Especially with the crazy winter weather we’re having here this year.

My parents used to go to Florida for their winters and over the years they collected literally boxes and boxes of seashells for me to craft with.

There are so many ways that shells can be used in crafting, and here’s just one: seashell candle holders.

Seashell Candle Holders

2 white dripless candles
2 coasters
white spray paint
2 – 1 1/2″ roofing nails
and also:
2 washers
Opal Glitter
GOOP Marine Adhesive
Glue Gun


Seashell Candle Holders

I spray painted the coasters white, and then added shells of the same size around the outside rim of the coasters with my glue gun.

After these shells were all on and the glue was dry, I turned the candle holder over and filled each shell back, where it met the coaster, with glue to give each shell more stability.

Seashell Candle Holders

Then I added the next row of shells, making sure to mix colours and patterns.


Seashell Candle Holders

And the next. This is sooo easy peasy. Just make sure to use enough glue.


Seashell Candle Holders

Then I used the GOOP Marine Adhesive and glued the washer into the centre of the candle holder. Then I glued the roofing nail into the centre space of the washer. I did this so that the candle would have a uniform base to sit on when it’s put on the roofing nail.

It’s very important to allow this to dry for 24 hours to make sure the washer and nail are permanently adhered. When the glue is cured I’m able to pick up the candle holder by the nail.


Seashell Candle Holders

Before I put the candle onto the roofing nail I brushed a little mod podge onto the washer and the coaster area in the centre and sprinkled it with some Opal coloured glitter.


Seashell Candle Holders

This covers up the washer quite a bit. Then I lightly shook the glitter around a bit so it would fall in around the shells.

Seashell Candle Holders

I also lightly sprinkled the shells with the Opal glitter and it looks really pretty in person, but it doesn’t show up in the photos.

They’ll look so nice on the Valentine’s dinner table, especially when I get my other shell project done that goes with them.

Thanks so much for reading, and please never leave candles unattended!


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  1. What a beautiful project! I'm sure I'm going to have to share this with my friend. It would be perfect for her beach house.

  2. You sure do have a treasure trove of sea shells! Your holders are quite beautiful and imagine what you can make with the rest of your collection!!! Can't wait for more ideas!

  3. A wonderful project I'm looking forward to doing soon! Thanks for sharing at Simple & Sweet Fridays.


  4. They look awesome! I love the beach and the sea shells sitting around the house make me happy! Love how you made a candle holder, the roofing nail for the candle to sit on- genuis!

  5. What a beautiful project! I love natural and gorgeous things like this, lovely dear Tuula xxx

  6. Cute cute cute!! I would never have thought to have done something like this! I love it! I grew up by the beach – I love any decor that reminds me of it.

  7. this is just my style, i live near the beach, and keep all kinds of shells around the house and this will fit right in 🙂

  8. What a great idea, and they are so beautiful! You did a fabulous job. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent! So glad to have you share. Have a wonderful week. 🙂


  9. That's really fantastic. So pretty! Thank you for sharing this at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  10. Now I just need a beach house to go with them. 😀 Fun idea. Thanks for sharing.