Beeswax Seashell Tealights

Seashell Beeswax Tealights

Beach lovers will enjoy getting these delightful beeswax seashell candles, which look right at home in a glass terrarium filled with sand.

Beeswax Seashell Tealights


  • clam or oyster shells, deep enough to hold some wax, similar size to a tealight
  • a double boiler
  • beeswax
  • waxed and wired tealight wicks with tabs
  • decorative sand, and small seashells
  • glass bowl
  • tray


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. 

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.

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

Oyster Shell Candle

4. Place a wick in the center of each one. The wicks are short and should easily stay in place without the help of a glue gun.

5. When the seashell tealights have cooled and cured for 24 hours undisturbed, make terrariums by filling the glass bowl with decorative sand and shells and setting the tealights inside.

Seashell Tealight Candles


Oyster Shell Tealight Candle

About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  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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