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.
I decided to paint the noodle with a coat of some chalk paint that I had on hand just so you wouldn't see the green underneath my shells.
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.
Since the ring was quite large, I decided that I needed a large base for the candle. I remembered that I had one of these large, aluminum cans.
I spray painted it with flat white paint.
I also had this white nautical looking rope left over from another project that I decided to wrap around the can. The rope came from The Home Depot where they cut it into whatever length you need.
A candle with a 6 inch base sits perfectly on the top of the rope-covered can.
Underneath the base, I added the fishnet that I used on our sea inspired mantel display last year.
The shininess of the rope matches the pearly inside of the shells, don't you think?
A perfect centerpiece for a summer party!
Christy @ Our Southern Home
This is so very pretty! I love the idea of the can to elevate the candle! Smart, my friend!
Wendi @ H2OBungalow
This is such a pretty project and I love how you upcycled the pool noodle and can for bases. I'm a pushover for coastal projects and love this one:)
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I LOVE this gorgeous oyster shell candle holder....what a great idea and thanks so much for the detailed tutorial....Beautiful job Jane!
Christy @Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer
Oh my goodness, how pretty is this?! I absolutely love it! XO
Maryann @ Domestically Speaking
You can't go wrong with shells and rope! Super cute!
The pool noodle idea is BRILLIANT.. and the rope wrap is darling. I love it!
I love your candle ring Jane. It looks like a designer product. Thanks for sharing!
I LOVE this! It's absolutely gorgeous!!!
Sonya~at home with the barkers
OHHHH, love it! Great idea spray painting the ring first! Great shell collection too! ~Sonya
Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule
I adore this!!! I live right on the coast and there are an abundance of oyster shells here...and I've yet to do much with them! 😉
This is great!
Love the rope wrapped candle Jane, and all the white washed oyster shells~very festive for summer!
Love this Jane! Every time we visit Savannah and I see all those oyster shell light chandys and mirrors I think they'd make a fun DIY project for a coastal home. Plus you get to eat the oysters 🙂