Make handicrafts– for fun

Bring the beach home with beachy touches.  Sand candles bring seaside elegance to the table. 


  • Large heat-proof mixing bowl
  • Sand
  • Empty 1-pound coffee can
  • Paraffin or old candle stubs
  • Candle wicking
  • Thin wood dowel or stick


  1. Fill the bowl three quarters full with slightly damp sand and dig a mold about the size of your fist.
  2. Using your hands, bend one side of the coffee can rim to form a spout. Fill the can halfway with paraffin and set it in a saucepan that’s one fourth filled with water. (Never place the can directly on the burner.) Then melt the wax over very low heat; when it has melted, turn off the heat.
  3. Cut the wicking to 6 to 8 inches longer than your mold is deep. Rest the dowel across the bowl’s top and tie one end of the wick around it. Press the other end into the bottom of the mold.
  4. Now carefully pour the wax into the mold until it reaches about 1 inch from the top.
  5. Once the candle is cool, remove it from the mold, brush off any excess sand, and trim the wick.

5 thoughts on “Make handicrafts– for fun

  1. We’re having a pool party after church tomorrow. My grandchildren D’mitri and Roxy can make these with us after dinner. They have a picnicy balcony off their kitchen, and these might be nice there.

  2. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Love the beach motif. Anything beachy, I’ve got it– shells set around with tropical plants and even a ship in a bottle!

  3. Janessa Breckenridge

    Here’s something cute– a large shell used to hold plants. It works well with succulents or cacti.

  4. Reba Studebaker

    What is it about beachy touches that make us think INSTANT PARTY? Pottery Barn has sea-inspired snack bowls. Tables are pretty with sea glass, coral, and shells. I do like the sand candles, Kathleen.

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