Close up of the Sea Shell tea lights that we made at home

Here’s a fun and easy way of introducing coastal inspired decor to your table

If you have never attempted a decor project,this is a great way to get started….it costs next to nothing and gets done in minutes

Supplies for the Sea Shell DIY


- shells ( I used the scallop shells which I salvaged from my seared scallop lunch at Borough market, read more of that post here )

- leftover candles or tea lights

- candle wicks and wick holders ( available at most hobby/craft stores)

- one pan or bowl to melt the wax


Cut wicks to size such that at least 1 inch would be exposed after pouring in the wax. Thread the wicks through the wick holders.

melting the candle wax

Meanwhile melt your candle wax in the bowl. Pour a teeny amount of melted wax into the shells and press the wick holders into the wax to hold them in place.

fix the wick holders to the shell using little wax

Once your wicks have been firmly attached to the shells, pour in the rest of the wax. Don’t fill the shells all the way to the brim or else they will spill over when you light them!

final step of the diy is to wait while the wax sets!

(use some prop to level the wobbly shells while the wax sets)


The wax will set pretty quickly and you can enjoy a candlelit dinner at home like me :)

Easy coastal inspired table setting at home

Table setting using the Diy Sea shell tea lights

Cheat Sheet :

If you can’t find wick holders and candle wicks then just use some store bought tea lights. Slip them out of their metal covers and place them on your shells.Once lit the wax will melt and fill the shells.

Use mussel, oyster or large clam shells if you live in India and can’t get your hands on scallops.

If your shells are dirty or grubby, leave them overnight in a 50:50 solution of bleach and water. Give them a good scrub and rinse the next day.Bright shiny shells!

and finally, please be careful with the hot wax, especially if you have kids and pets running around!

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  • Sandeep July 21, 2013, 9:47 pm

    That’s a nice dinner setting, can I have more of it.
    Some more pasta please!

  • Vivek July 21, 2013, 11:13 pm

    The shell candle light looks lovely and the table setting is very tempting. I am inviting myself for the dinner .

  • Nikita July 25, 2013, 5:28 pm

    Transforms the look. I shall give it a try :) :)

    • MakaZai July 25, 2013, 6:45 pm

      Thanks! Let me know how it goes…

  • dilshad August 28, 2013, 11:57 am

    I just had dinner 30 minutes back and yet ur pic has me drooling… N makazai those noodles.


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