Bridal Favors: Mini Shell Candles

Give wedding guests an elegant, romantic gift with soy wax candles nestled in real seashells.
shell candles make romantic wedding favor

shell candles make romantic wedding favor

Mini Shell Candles

Photo by: Lucie Rowe

Lucie Rowe

Materials and Tools:

paper or paper bags
soy wax pellets
wick and metal wick holder (both available at craft stores)
disposable pipettes (available at candle- and soap-making stores online)
small dish
old knife
tulle circles
sea-themed die-cut
rub-on letters


1. Choose the shells: shells with deeper cavities will hold more wax and burn the longest. Clean them in a mild solution of water and bleach; rinse with cold water.

2. Crumple paper or a paper bag and put in a bowl. Nestle the shell on the crumpled paper; this will stabilize the shell while you're pouring the wax.

3. Place a wick with preattached metal wick holders (great for shallow vessels) in the center of the shell.

4. Melt soy wax in the microwave, per package instructions. Use a disposable pipette to pipe wax into the shell.

5. Let the wax cool for at least 30 minutes; the surface of the wax may look hard sooner, but the wax underneath takes longer to fully harden. When dry, trim the wick.

6. Choose a sea-themed die-cut. Rub on an initial using the back of a paintbrush or a wooden craft stick. Place the candle in the center of a tulle circle, wrap the candle and attach the monogrammed die-cut to the candle with a ribbon.

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