Oyster Shell Candles

Updated: Jan 3, 2021

Re-purposing used oyster shells is one of my favorite DIY projects. I am always looking for new things to do with these gorgeous shells after we have an oyster roast. Recently, I had the idea of hand pouring candles into the shells for beautiful little gifts. Now that I’ve figured out how to do it, I’m having fun using them all around the house! They especially look good in clusters of 3, in a small bathroom on the countertop or near my favorite clawfoot tub.

These would make great little hand made gifts for Christmas. Include a hook and a pre-drilled hole near the top of the shell and the recipient can use the shell as a Christmas ornament when the candle wax is depleted. In this blog, I have included everything you'll need to make about 40 of these candles. For tips on how to clean oyster shells, see my blog, Repurposing Oyster Shells in the Design section.


Soy wax, 18 ounces

Candle wicks


Essential oils (I used lemongrass and tea tree oil)

Food thermometer

Two boiling sauce pots, one larger and one smaller that can nest inside the larger one

Glass measuring cup with handle

Spoon for mixing

Felt chair pad disks, self adhesive (for leveling the oyster shells)

Making the Candles

First, put water in the larger sauce pot. Measure your soy wax and put inside the smaller sauce pot. Float the smaller pot

inside the larger pot. Once the water starts to boil, you can adjust your flame so it won’t boil over. The wax will slowly melt. Insert a food thermometer inside the wax pot and reduce heat once it reaches 180 degrees.

Wait for the wax to reach 140 degrees and transfer it into the glass measuring cup. Add one full tablespoon of essential oils and mix well with a spoon. Now you are ready to pour!

Simply pour the wax mixture into the oyster shells being careful not to spill. If the shells are not relatively level on the bottom, you may need to put some small objects on the bottom of the shell to get them as level as possible. I used felt chair pad disks for this.

Once the candles are poured, use a wooden clothespin to secure candle wicks. Use the clothespin like a handle to place the wick in the middle of the melted wax inside the oyster shell. Adjust the clothespin to rest on the edge of the oyster shell, being careful not to let the wooden part of the pin touch the wax. Keep the clothespin in place until the wax hardens, then trim the wick with scissors and remove the clothespin.

And, just like that, you are done! This is a super easy little DIY that is fun and creative. Send me your pics, and message me with questions. Have fun fellow DIY-ers!

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