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.
2 white dripless candles
white spray paint
2 - 1 1/2" roofing nails
GOOP Marine Adhesive
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.
Then I added the next row of shells, making sure to mix colours and patterns.
And the next. This is sooo easy peasy. Just make sure to use enough glue.
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.
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.
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.
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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