I had been collecting, cleaning, and sorting a bunch of oyster shells lately, so knew another oyster shell craft was in my future.  A few ideas were in my head, but I decided on trying to recreate an oyster shell candle holder I’ve seen in shops and online.  Since I was attempting to figure out how to do it, I decided to do a smaller version and got out the box of small oyster shells..

Oyster Shell Candle Holder

What you’ll need:

  • Wooden base
  • Oyster shells
  • Hot glue gun / liquid cement
  • Small candle

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I headed to Michael’s one Saturday after doing some dining room chair shopping, to look for a base to make my candle holder on.  I chose a the smallest wooden circle they had — this was kinda an experiment, so I didn’t want to start big.

To start, put the candle in the middle of the wooden base to build the oysters around it.  Then hot glue the oyster shells to the wooden base, one by one.  oyster light02

Once the bottom layer is done, glue another layer of shells above the first, pointing up some.  Since this was a smaller base, I just filled in the empty places with more shells, and called it done.oyster light03

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It’s not perfect, but it’s just the first one.  I have a feeling I’ll be making a few of these… and will be heading to find the best oyster shells for this soon.  And the new oyster shell candle holder looks great on the bookshelf I moved into the living room today… Baby steps.

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