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Use colored glass to create a glowing sea glass candle. This project takes minutes to make, requires no special tools, and creates a beautiful item for yourself or gifts. All you need for this project is two clear glass jars and pretty colored glass pieces.
This sea glass candle honestly takes ten minutes to make. That’s of course not counting the wonderful hours spent finding the sea glass on the beach. That’s not work though, that’s an adult scavenger hunt! What makes this project really attractive though, is that it’s simple enough for children to make but ends up looking so professional. You honestly cannot go wrong on this DIY, and it makes a beautiful gift as well.
There are so many wonderful projects you can do with sea glass, whether it’s displaying them on their own or using them in the garden. I thought of this idea when noticing how pretty sea glass is when held to the sun. Sandwiching the sea glass between two glasses replicates this effect. A small tea light in the center acts as the sun and glows prettily through the glass. If you’re not near a beach, no worries. You can also make this project with marbles, or colored glass from the craft shop.
What you need to make a sea glass candle
- Sea glass, marbles, aquarium glass, colored craft glass
- Two glasses or clear jars. One small enough to fit inside the other
- A tea light candle
The glasses I used were an old tea-light glass and a short Kilner/Mason jar. You probably have a couple of glasses in your home that could work for this project but if not, look for them second-hand at a local charity or thrift shop. Next, use your choice of glass to fill the space between. I decided to stick with the lighter and brighter pieces since the idea was to place a small tea light in the center. The flame from a tea light isn’t strong enough to shine through my darker pieces.
No glue or tools are required to make a sea glass candle
Essentially, all you do is place one glass inside the other and fill the space between. Make sure that the glasses allow for at least a centimeter of space between them. That will give you plenty of space to fill with sea glass. No glue, tools, or other equipment is needed. When you’re finished you have a beautiful handmade votive that you can keep or gift.
What I also like about my design is that it’s easy to change up the design or clean it. Since there aren’t any pieces glued in place you can empty the inner glass pieces out. Then you can wash and rearrange as you’d like and you’re back in business with a fresh new design. Easy, fun, quick, creative, and beautiful. What else could you ask for in a rainy day project?
More Creative Candle Ideas
Making candles is far easier than you’d think! Usually, it involves melting the wax, adding scent and color, and pouring it into a vessel. Here are some creative candle making ideas to get you inspired:
- Pretty DIY Ramekin Candles
- DIY Wine Bottle Candle
- Make Ombre Candles in Glass Jars
- Make Massage Oil Candles (you pour the warm oil on your skin)