Beeswax Seashell Tea Lights

Seashell Beeswax Tea Lights

Beach lovers will enjoy these delightful beeswax seashell candles, which look right at home in a glass terrarium filled with sand. I live near the ocean and like to collect shells whenever I visit the beach so I have plenty just waiting to be crafted into something special. Seashell beeswax tea lights are a wonderful way to create mementos of special trips to the beach or vacations by the ocean.

Beeswax Seashell Tea Lights

If you don’t have a collection of found seashells and don’t live near the ocean, you can buy them at your local craft store inexpensively.Beeswax Seashell Tea Lights


  • Clam or oyster shells, deep enough to hold some wax, similar size to a tea light
  • A double boiler
  • Beeswax
  • Waxed and wired tea light wicks with tabs
  • Decorative sand and small seashells
  • Glass bowl
  • Tray

Beeswax Seashell Tea Lights

Make it!

1. Melt the beeswax in a double boiler. Keep a close watch on it so that it can be poured as soon as it’s completely liquid. Beeswax Seashell Tea Lights

2. Prepare the seashells by washing them thoroughly and setting them as you want to fill them in a tray filled with sand.  The sand will help to keep the shells in place while the wax is poured and sets.Beeswax Seashell Tea Lights

3. Carefully pour wax into the shells, making sure that they stay level and wax doesn’t pour over the edges.

4. Place a wick in the center of each one. The wicks are short and should easily stay in place.

Beeswax Seashell Tea Lights

5. Let the seashell tea lights cool and cure for 24 hours undisturbed.

Beeswax Seashell Tea LightsWhen they are ready, make candle terrariums by filling the glass bowl with decorative sand and shells and setting the tea lights inside.Beeswax Seashell Tea Lights

You could also experiment with colored sand. I personally like the natural look of my white-sand terrariums, but I can see how a little pop of color could add some fun to this display as well. Pastel blues, purples, greens, and pinks might make these terrariums feel more mermaidy.Beeswax Seashell Tea Lights

Try scattering some single seashell tea lights around the terrariums, along with different types of shells (the big spherical one pictured here is an urchin shell), sea glass, and other beachy bits and pieces. One or two air plants growing in seashells would also look great in this display.
 Beeswax Seashell Tea Lights
You might like these Beach Glass Solar Lights for different ocean-inspired decor that glows, or try bringing the ocean to your garden by creating a beach-themed garden design.

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A city girl who learned to garden and it changed everything. Author, artist, Master Gardener. Better living through plants.

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  1. Rachel
    RachelNovember 29,12

    ooh! Love this idea. This would be a perfect holiday gift! Can’t wait to make my own :)

  2. Cheapchick
    CheapchickDecember 6,12

    As someone who finally moved off the prairies and now within 5 min of the ocean I love it! I could even do this!

  3. shirl
    shirlDecember 12,12

    Love the shell tealights and want to do them. I’ve never worked with melted wax of any kind. How do you clean the double boiler post production?

    • Stevie
      StevieDecember 13,12

      Hi Shirl, I use a pot for just candle making and soap making. But if you don’t have one, wipe the pot really well with a cloth when the wax is still liquid, then wash a few times with soap and water. Beeswax is all natural so it’s fine to use this pot for food afterwards. I would buy a totally separate pot of you are using paraffin wax though.

  4. Aparna
    AparnaDecember 13,12

    This is a really neat idea!

  5. Sarah @ SimplyScrumptiousBySarah
    Sarah @ SimplyScrumptiousBySarahJune 12,13

    This is a really neat idea!! So pretty!! :-)

  6. Julia @ FaveCrafts
    Julia @ FaveCraftsJuly 11,13

    Hi Stephanie,

    What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in our roundup of seashell crafts! Check it out here:

    Have a great day!

  7. Emma
    EmmaDecember 11,13

    These are really pretty! Pinning for future project ;)

  8. yvonne
    yvonneMarch 30,14

    i have tried the sea shell candle , but the wick has dropped/drooped into the wax and has gone out within minutes! Any ideas :)

  9. Stephanie
    StephanieApril 3,14

    Yvonne, get a wick with a wire in it. That will keep it upright.

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