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Metallic Shell Candleholder Centerpiece

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2010


A collection of candle-filled shells brings natural charm to the table. Lustrous metallic paint gives them a glamorous holiday look.

We used clam and scallop shells, and added conch shells and sea stars to the display.


  • Newspaper

  • Assorted seashells

  • Metallic spray paint

  • Aluminum foil

  • Paraffin wax or candle remains

  • Pot

  • Candlewicks with metal tabs


  1. In a well-ventilated area, cover work surface with newspaper. Apply 2 coats of spray paint to shells. Let dry.

  2. Form foil into crumpled "cups" for support, and nestle a shell into each one. Melt candle wax over low heat in a pot. Dip a wick tab into the wax, then stick the wick in the center of a shell. Repeat with other wicks and shells.

  3. Carefully pour remaining melted wax into shells.

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