Saturday, July 23, 2011

The joy of Summer

If you are at the beach somewhere in the world, you can collect big shells and create this centerpiece for a Summer dinner outdoor. The candles can be placed on a tray or a colored dish like this one, together with hydrangea petals and smooth pebbles.

You can also use shells as decoration inside the candle, and shells scattered around to create an instant vignette.
If you like to make this decorative candle yourself you’ll need wax, wicks, a mold for candles, glycerin and of course some small shells.
Melt the wax in a double boiler, add color (the one specific for wax), put a few drops of glycerin on the inside walls of the mold and compose the shells at the bottom in a nice pattern. Add melted wax to cover the shells and wait a few hours, repeat to reach the mid section of the mold, wait a few hours and finally pour the wax an inch below the top of the container, only when wax is partially solidified insert the wick. The wax must be totally cooled before taking it out of the mold.
If you make more candles at the same time in a few hours you can have a nice collection, in that case I would use several thick glass containers you may have already at home.

colored candle holders
Simple as 1 2 3…insert tea lights in colored glasses and gather them together for a great impact.

These candles can be easily prepared by your children, you will need powder wax in different colors, wax coated wicks and colorful paper cups.
Insert the wax in each cup leaving some space below the rim, put the wick in the middle and slightly press around it with your fingers to keep it straight. Composing the candles on a reflecting, mirrored tray and adding some cut flowers will give any party a cheerful touch.

Enjoy your Summer!

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Theresa Cheek said...

I love big sea shells...oyster and abalone shells are amazing! Their iridescent interior reflect the candle light so nicely.

the modern sybarite ™ said...

what a creative and cool way to use oyster shells! will pass on the tip to a friend owner of an oyster bar.

Lisa Porter said...

Always brilliant! Love each and every one of them. So nice to see you in the weekly round-up at Fab Over 50.
Have a beautiful weekend.

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