Bring home a bit of that beach vibe you miss so dearly. This quick and easy DIY candle plate is great for indoors and outdoors!
Total time required: Max 4 hours
Effort required: Suitable for very lazy people 🙂
What you need:
- A whole bunch of the sea shells you’ve collected and forgotten about
- A pot or bucket
- Bleach (the one used for clothes is good enough)
- Baby oil – Johnsons is best!
- A nice flat plate: ideally terracotta. Although anything works
- A few candles of different sizes
- Essential oils
- Spray bottle
Step by step instructions:
- Cleaning the sea shells:
- Collect all your sea shells. They probably have a damp and musty smell. We want to get rid of that!
- Fill a pan/bucket with equal parts water and bleach.
- Soak the shells in the solution for at least 4 hours.
- Once this coating is gone, you can remove the shells from the solution.
- Rinse your shells thoroughly in cold water and allow to dry completely. Ideally, place them on a newspaper out in the sun to dry naturally.
- Rub baby oil on the shells to restore shine.
- Get your plate ready.
- I used an old terracotta plate I picked up long back. I gave it a good dose of black paint but you could use the plate as is!
- Place your sea shells all over the plate and fill them up. Arrange them however you like.
- Fit your candles in between the sea shells
- Spritz the whole plate, especially the sea shells with some essential oil.
This is my version at night! I only used one big round candle.