Hi there, everyone! Can you believe that it is almost Memorial Day weekend? The upcoming weekend always signals the start of summer for me. And when I think about summer, I always think about great times spent at the beach. Do you have some seashells that you have collected on beach trips? If so, you’re in luck because a group of my blogging friends and I are sharing some seashell crafts this week as part of a 3 day tour of seashell crafts hosted by Kathy from Petticoat Junktion. Today I’m sharing how to make an oyster shell candle ring.
For the summer, I love setting out a bowl of seashells or displaying them on our mantel.
I remembered that I had a box of oyster shells left over from an Oyster Shell Mantel Display that I did a few years ago, but I realized that I didn’t have nearly enough shells to make a candle ring. So I walked next door to where some shells had been thrown after an oyster roast and scooped them up. Since they had been there for a while, they were a little dirty, so I put them in a bucket with a small amount of bleach and enough water to cover them.
Now, if you bleach your shells, be careful not to add too much bleach to the water or it will eat off the pretty pearlescence! After the shells soaked for a while, I rinsed them off and set them out to dry.
After the shells were dry, I got out a pool noodle and some duct tape. Do you remember when everyone was making wreaths with pool noodles a few years ago? Well, the noodle makes a great, inexpensive base for this candle ring.
All you have to do is the connect the two ends with some duct tape. Be sure it’s nice and secure by using several pieces of tape. The candle ring that I made is nice and large, but if you wanted to make a smaller one, all you would have to do is to cut off one of the ends of the noodle to get the circumference that you want for your ring.
Out came the glue gun and I started attaching the shells around the wreath. I used about 75 shells on my large wreath which made it VERY heavy, but I was able to pick it up and move it without any trouble.
Underneath the base, I added the fishnet that I used on our sea inspired mantel display last year.
You can get more summer seashell inspiration by clicking on any of the links below.