DIY Sea Shell Candles🕯🌊 made from recycled birthday candles
I’m sure there are plenty of posts like this one, but I’m just proud that I made some myself! So here’s my process!
What I used:
~ Old birthday candles ~ Shells (Mine were mussel shells) ~ Essential Oils of your choice(I used chamomile & peppermint) ~ A peeler, knife or scissors ~ Something to melt the wax in(I was lucky enough to have metal measuring cups) ~ A clothes pin to keep the wick up
Here’s how to do it!
Originally I was just trying to get the white design off the candles, so I could have homemade looking colored candles for spells. I ended up breaking a few of them while trying to peel the design off so I just used the left over candle and reused the wick for my sea shell candles!
🕯First I scraped the design off(carefully), and kept them in piles of the color. You’ll have to break one of the candles for the wick. One wick will work for two sea shells unless your shells are larger.
🕯Second I put the scraps of wax into the metal measuring cup and placed that on a pan on the stove to heat it and melt. Once melted, I tossed a few drops of my essential oils into the wax to make it smell good. I used chamomile(for calming, success, & easing anxiety) & peppermint(for healing, love, cleansing, and that extra little boost I need sometimes!) But feel free to add whatever you like!
🕯Third I poured the wax into the shells carefully. You may want to make sure the shells are evenly placed, maybe put something on one side to balance it so the wax doesn’t spill out. Then, while the wax is still hot I used a clothes pin to put the wick in and left it to dry. Once dry, your shell doesn’t have to be level(unless you filled it to the top - then your wax will shift when lighted!)
That’s it! It was super simple and easy and quick. Now I also have some great, mini and homemade looking spell candles as well as some aromatherapeutic sea shell candles for my desk while I work & read. Enjoy your sea shell candles my fellow witches! 🌙
So at the start of the year, I was looking for a Mehet-Weret statue for my altar. I was having some real trouble trying to find anything online that I liked and was in my price range. I remember being told to stop looking online and the right thing would present itself soon. So I started touring charity shooed every other weekend to try to find something. I had a very clear picture in my head of what I was looking for… but I never found it and so I forgot all about it.
When I stumbled completely out on the blue, on this poor little lovely. She was caked in dirt and broken in two places. The shop assistant seemed grateful someone was finally taking her.
I already had paints so I painted her navy last night and left her to dry overnight.
This morning I added details… and I’ve got to say I’m really impressed with how she turned out.
1. Write down a list
of your current passions, interests, goals, and beliefs. Knowing
this information can help you to develop your witchcraft and to make it more
personal. It’s important to feel a deep
connection to your own style of craft, so it is incredibly helpful to
incorporate the things that you love in life.
While it’s a good idea to think of and list serious things, it’s 100%
okay if your list mostly contains entries like ‘shiny things, stuff that smells
good, My Chemical Romance’; you should definitely add entries like that,
because that right there still tells you that you’ll probably enjoy using reflective
objects, aromatherapy, and music in your witchcraft. The entries on your list can help you to
creatively think of ways to make your magick yours, while still helping you to identify any pre-existing styles
and paths of witchcraft that incorporate elements of your list.
2. Keep a regular
journal, along with any magick journals that you might have. Keep track of your health, your dreams, your
moods, your habits, your life in general.
When you are first starting out, it can be difficult to automatically
see how magick affects you. By keeping a
mundane, regular journal, you’re better able to reference past events against
your magick journals, to see if any changes or unusual entries (negative or positive) occurred at the same time
as something witchcraft-related.
3. Sign up for as many
guided nature walks and talks as you can. It’s
always a good idea to know the nature around you, especially if you’re a witch. Guided walks and talks can give you
first-hand experience when it comes to identifying plants, animals, and other
things that you can find in your area.
If it is allowed, remember to bring along a camera and / or a notebook
so that you can record and reference your new knowledge afterwards.
4. Take an interest in
cooking. This is an especially good tip
for any witches that are looking to hide their witchcraft. Learning to cook is a life skill, and doesn’t
tend to draw unwanted attention. The
food, herbs, and spices that you use all have their own magickal
correspondences and associations, so it really comes down to figuring out some
ingredients that match your magick’s intent, and then finding an actual recipe that
calls for those ingredients.
5. Start your own
garden, no matter how small.
Seeds can be affordable purchased at most stores with gardening centers,
and you can grow some herbs in a leftover tin can. Really, you don’t need a lot of space or cash
to be able to start some sort of garden, whether indoors or outdoors. Just make sure that wherever you are
planting, you have permission to plant there!
6. Develop your DIY skills. Crafting, sewing,
upcycling – spend some time learning about the ‘Do It Yourself’ culture. Aside from being an excellent way to learn
how to create your own tools and witchy stuff, a lot of the skills that you
will learn can be incorporated into your spells. So can any supplies that you have on hand for
regular arts and crafts, for that matter.
And when you get right down to it, nobody has to know that your handmade
lavender lip-balm is actually an enchanted item and a dual healing / beauty
spell. Making anything by hand helps to
give it power, and can be another great way to practice witchcraft
under-the-radar; unless you literally announce that your felt-and-an-old-sock
plushie is actually a poppet, how can anybody know?
7. Find places to
source your witchy ingredients and supplies.
Look up and scout out any local:
Box stores (like Walmart, Target)
o Farmer’s markets
Garden stores / Nurseries
Metaphysical / New Age stores
Tea / herb stores
Rock / crystal / mineral shops
8. Build a non-fiction
library. Cookbooks, how-to books, field
guides, books that teach you skills.
History books, scientific magazines and journals, textbooks on any
topic. Read about first-hand accounts,
theories and practices, facts and trivia.
Read educational books meant for kids, and encyclopedias meant for
months of study. Don’t be afraid to
check your material against a different source, either. Finding multiple sources citing a piece of
knowledge is a good habit to develop, especially
if your knowledge deals with the safety or danger of anything. Whether it was posted online or published in
a book, make sure that the author’s information is accurate!
9. Collect and upcycle
bottles, jars, tins, and other storage. It’s a running joke
here on Tumbler: ‘witches love jars’.
But wow is it an accurate
joke. There have been a couple of times
that I’ve come home with new loose supplies like shells or acorns, only to
stand there and realize that literally all of my other storage is taken and
that unless I want to stick them in a plastic bag, I have to temporarily store
them by taking the last few Piroutte cookies out of the tin and giving it a
quick cleaning (and now you know the exact moment that I thought of posting about this tip! lol). Practicing witchcraft can
be a really quick way to turn into a self-powered miniature recycling plant; it’s
a lot cheaper to clean that jelly jar than it is to go buy an actual Mason jar,
and it’s usually better for the environment as well ^_^