Are you still looking for a good Coastal Christmas decorating idea? If so, I’ve got you covered. There aren’t many DIYs that I can say are easy and also have a big impact. But this DIY large clam shell candle is just that. It really blew my mind at how simple it was. The secret to the simplicity of this candle is microwaveable soy wax.
You will need a large clam shell. The one I used is on sale at the Home Depot. You will also need a soy wax kit. You can buy the wicks separately, but this is what I bought below, and I found the entire process so simple. The scents really make it, so I would suggest the Nature Scents Kit, especially if you plan on making more. This year, everyone is getting a homemade candle in a thrifted vessel. A fancy sugar dish or pretty tea cup would make a great vessel. What do you think?
Be sure to wipe down the inside with a dry cloth. Then stick the round circular stickers on the bottom. They are tacky on both sides, which makes attaching the wicks a piece of cake.
Next, use a piece of wood and tape to hold the wicks straight up. Then microwave two batches, 1 pound each, for about five minutes. I heated the wax for a few minutes at a time to check. Then add the pine scent when it is all melted. I used about 15 to 18 drops, which sounds like a lot, but it’s a large candle. If you’re making a smaller candle, I would say between 3 to 8 drops. There are directions on the bottle. And you can mix and match scents with fun labels.
Next, prop up the bottom so it was level. Your shell may be already; double-check. Then pour the melted soy wax into the clamshell, leaving about 1.5″ space at the top.
It takes only a few hours to harden. After which, trim the wicks. Leave plenty of wick space above the wax because they do settle.
And there you have it, an easy Coastal Christmas project that will wow your guests. And the best part is you can use it all year long!
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