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Mood Lighting




You can use oversize shells to bring a touch of the seashore -- and a bit of romantic atmosphere -- to an evening at home. We used "lion's paw" shells (Lyropecten nodosus), available inexpensively from online auctions and souvenir shops. 


  • Oversize shells
  • Tray
  • Sand
  • Votive candles


  1. Step 1

    Fill a shallow tray with sand, arrange pairs of your prettiest specimens, and place a votive candle at the center of each pair (leaving room for the flames to flicker safely). Set the tray on a low table, and enjoy a quiet drink on the patio.

Martha Stewart Living, August 2007



Reviews (7)

  • tierragirl497 9 Jun, 2010

    If you purchase the shells, they should already be cleaned. If you've gathered shells from the beach, a soak in one gallon of plain water with 1/4 chlorine bleach should remove most gunk. Scrub with an old toothbrush for stubborn areas.

  • carabau 8 Jun, 2010

    How do you clean the shells in order to use them?

  • roseinmiami 8 Jun, 2010

    joduluth: "half" means what you see in the picutre; a half looks like a little saucer from nature. for the craft you put 2 halves together, cupped side facing each other, to make the recess where the candle is placed. Should look beautiful.

  • vatterpa 8 Jun, 2010

    they have to split them to get the scallop out right?

  • joduluth 8 Jun, 2010

    The shells I'm seeing online seem to only be half shells. Any source available where the entire shell is in tact?

  • Mlodz 2 Apr, 2009


  • Deballison 27 Jul, 2008

    Beautiful. My trip to the beach this year, I will be finding these shells to create this at home.