Collect Sea Shells? Make a Beautiful Candle Plate

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:

  1. A whole bunch of the sea shells you’ve collected and forgotten about
  2.  A pot or bucket
  3. Bleach (the one used for clothes is good enough)
  4. Newspaper
  5. Baby oil – Johnsons is best!
  6. A nice flat plate: ideally terracotta. Although anything works
  7. A few candles of different sizes
  8. Essential oils
  9. Spray bottle

Step by step instructions:

  1. Cleaning the sea shells:
    1. Collect all your sea shells. They probably have a damp and musty smell. We want to get rid of that!
    2. Fill a pan/bucket with equal parts water and bleach.
    3. Soak the shells in the solution for at least 4 hours.
    4. Once this coating is gone, you can remove the shells from the solution.
    5. 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.
    6. Rub baby oil on the shells to restore shine.
  2. Get your plate ready.
    1. 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!
  3. Place your sea shells all over the plate and fill them up. Arrange them however you like.
  4. Fit your candles in between the sea shells
  5. Spritz the whole plate, especially the sea shells with some essential oil.

You’re set!

This is my version at night! I only used one big round candle.

2 thoughts on “Collect Sea Shells? Make a Beautiful Candle Plate

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