How to Make a Seashell Candle Holder

Simple to make rope-wrapped Seashell Candle Holder!

Do you love coastal decor but not the price tag associated with it? If you do, then this simple to make Seashell Candle Holder is a wonderful DIY and only costs a few dollars to make, $5.00 to be exact if you get your supplies from the Dollar Tree.

Vacation Memories

If you have some seashells saved from a beach trip or vacation, this would be a wonderful way to use them and display those memories.

Mason jar with sand and beach photo in a mason jar

I saved some sand and shells from a lake trip a few years ago, added a beach picture, and made these Mason Jar Photo Displays. I still love to look at, though it does make me sad to see my now tall and lanky teenage son this little.

Now, to NEW things!

DIY seashell candle holder in a basket on a buffet.

I made this beach-inspired seashell candle holder with items I already had on hand including a vase from the Dollar Tree.  

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The inexpensive nature of this craft makes it a perfect fit for this month's Thrifty Style Team post. After you check out all the details, including the simple tutorial, you can head to the bottom of the post to see all of the other inspirational shares from the Team!

How to Make a Rope-Wrapped Seashell Candle Holder

Supplies needed to make a seashell candle holder including a glass vase, a white pillar candle, craft rope, sand, and seashells.


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All of the supply links directly below lead to Amazon BUT, if you have a Dollar Tree nearby, I suggest you shop there either in person or online for supplies. You'll save yourself a lot of money by doing so! You can find everything you need there and the cost would only be $5.00 for this entire craft. (I've included a second set of links to all of the Dollar Tree Options at the very bottom of this post).

Glass Vase

Craft rope



Pillar Candle

Hot glue gun


I started by washing my vase well and making sure there was no residue so that the hot glue would stick.  You can wipe your glass vase with a cotton ball dipped in alcohol just to be sure your have a clean surface to work with.

Glass vase on side with craft rope being hot glued to it for a seashell candle holder.

Start at the bottom side of the vase and apply hot glue a little bit at a time attaching the rope to the vase as you go along.  Wrap it up as high (or low) as you prefer.

Tall glass vase with rope glued to it and sand inside - add a candle and some shells and you have a simple DIY seashell candle holder.

Unfortunately, I only purchased one package of craft rope but wanted a little more on my candle holder so I used twine that I had on hand. I may go back and add more of the craft rope at some point.

Add the sand and insert a taper candle or pillar candle in the center pushing down to make sure it is secure. At this point, you can be all done if you would like OR you can glue some seashells to the top rim of the rope.

Completed seashell candle holder with white seashells glued to the top edge of the rope wrapping the base.

Below is another variation of a seashell candle holder I made a few years ago.

Hurricane Candle Holder variations with some shells inside the glass and a smaller candle in the center - a beautiful seashell candle holder

A smaller candle was used in this version and that allowed seashells to be placed inside of the vase/candle holder.

A starfish was propped in front of it and gave it a nice beachy vibe. I also placed some chandelier crystals around the rim that look so pretty when the light dances off of them. I bought mine at a local antique store but they have them on Amazon as well.

If a pillar candle was used, you can opt to use hot glue to add seashells around the top rim of the rope.

Rope wrapped Seashell Candleholder on a buffet

There you have it ~ a 5 minute start to finish Seashell Rope Wrapped Hurricane Candle Holder that's great for indoor or outdoor entertaining.  

I also made some tassels out of a mop head and glued those around the rim as well. I'll be sharing that simple tutorial soon.

And here are the gorgeous shares from the rest of the Thrifty Style Team!

The rest of the team has some amazing shares this month (as always!). Click on any of the links below this collage ⬇️ to be taken to the each of the team member's blogs.

Collage of 14 beautiful home décor DIYs that are budget friendly.

Shop the Post - Dollar Tree Links for Supplies

Glass Vase

Craft Rope



Pillar Candle - there are none available online but I see these in the store often!

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  1. Cindy LONG says:

    So adorable Mary Beth! I especially love the tassels you added, as well as the chandelier crystals! The rope is really everything and makes the candle holders so coastal!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Cindy! I honestly love crystals and tassels...not sure why but when I see something with either of those, I want it.

  2. Paula@SweetPea says:

    I love this project, Mary Beth! It's perfect for summer decorating and I love that it is so budget friendly. The tassels are the perfect finishing touch for this hurricane candle holder.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Paula!

  3. I love this. Everything from the jute to the shells and the tassels. It is my kind of home decor. All year long. Thanks s0 much for sharing, my friend.

  4. Chas Greener says:

    I am so ready to have summer and this is such a great project for the season. Thank you for sharing! Wonderful hoping with you and I hope you have a great weekend.

  5. Laurie@Vinyet Etc says:

    This is such a sweet DIY, I love the beach vibe so much... I'm missing the sea salt air, this project brings all the vacation memories.

  6. Michelle @ The Painted Hinge says:

    This is so pretty and I love all the cool variations of it! So happy to be part of this super fun blog hop with you!

  7. Jennifer Howard says:

    I'm a coastal junkie!! This looks amazing!

  8. Lora Bloomquist says:

    Fun summer decor! I'd love to see a whole bunch of them all down the middle of a table. Thanks for the idea!

  9. This a gorgeous candle, MB! Sharing today on my FB page and in another group 🙂

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Julie! 🙂 I appreciate the shares very much.

  10. Vicki and Jenn 2 Bees in a Pod says:

    Mary Beth - great project. It makes us dream of a beach vacation! The added tassels are a perfect touch!

  11. Kristi L Dominguez says:

    Absolutely beautiful as always, Mary Beth. Always enjoy thrifty-styling alongside you. xoxo

  12. Kristin | White Arrows Home says:

    This is such a pretty and fun idea to do after our beach vacation!