While learning about the South Eastern Coastal states, we made these cute Seashell Beeswax Candles. Although the kids were able to some of the work, for safety reasons this project requires parental supervision and assistance.
- Filtered Beeswax
- Braided Cotton Wicking (lead free)
- Coconut Oil
- Large Seashell (cleaned well – boil or use a bleach wash or similar to disinfect beach found seashells)
- Pyrex microwave safe glass measuring cup or a double boiler with a candle making pitcher for the stove top
Cut up or shred your beeswax blocks into small shavings. You can use a butter knife on a cutting board or carefully use a cheese grater. My girls enjoyed this part so much they shredded way more beeswax than we needed for this project.
For one large seashell candle you will need one cup of beeswax shavings.
Beeswax dries very hard, so add a 1/4 cup of coconut oil to help it burn.
Adults only: Melt the wax and oil together in either the the microwave or in a double boiler. If you use the microwave, go slowly in 20-30 second intervals. We are using food safe ingredients so we can clean out and use our pyrex measuring cup in the kitchen again if we would like, but it is a good idea to have a few kitchen items designated for crafts only.
Cut about a ten inch piece of wicking. Dip it into the wax and let it cool for a minute. Once the wax is cool, wrap the end around itself to create the base of the wick.
Center the bottom of the wick in the center of the deepest part of your seashell.
Wrap the other end of the wick around a pencil or a skewer. Set up your candle on a heat safe surface. Use glasses to hold the wick vertically.
Adults only: Prop up your shell with whatever holds it steady. You do not want it to tip over while pouring the wax. Carefully pour the wax into the shell.
Let the candle wax cool and harden.
Trim the wick before lighting your new beeswax candle.