DIY Sand Candle Home Decor- Beach Wedding Centerpiece

DIY Sand Candle Holder Home Decor- Beach Wedding CenterpieceMy mom has a beautiful candle sitting on her entertainment center.  We’ve looked at it eleventy-billion times and thought, “We could totally make that”!  We’d been looking for a while trying to find the proper materials to do so but had been unsuccessful.  This year for VBS we finally decided to look again and we found it! Seems we just had to wait a few years (or for the right craft store to open in our area) to find what we needed. ๐Ÿ™‚

The one I made is very special to me because the sand I used was given to me by my great-grandma.  She passed away from colon cancer a few months before I got married.  In visiting with her in her final months we talked about my wedding, and she learned we were going to Hawaii for our honeymoon. She was so excited! Turns out she and my great-grandpa went to Hawaii on their honeymoon in 1975, and she had used old film canisters to collect sand from two of the beaches they had visited.  She gave me the sand, but I wasn’t sure what to do with it; up until I saw this candle. Perfect keepsake.

Not only do these make great home decor, but they’d make awesome wedding reception centerpieces too! We had the 7-14 year old kids make these at VBS this year and they loved it; all were fun and unique.  Some went crazy with the seashells, yet they all looked pretty awesome still!

Don't mind the sticker on the bottom of the one... Oops! :)

Don’t mind the sticker on the bottom of the one… Oops! ๐Ÿ™‚

We added a scripture verse to theirs, but you can mix this up however you’d like. If you’re using them for a wedding centerpiece, it would be fun to put the names of the couple and their wedding date. LOVE!

Here’s what you need:

Candle Supplies-Votive candle holder

-Tealight candle holder (must be able to fit down into the votive candle holder and rest on the lip)

-Sand (as I mentioned, mine was from my great grandma taken directly from the beaches of Hawaii. For the kids for VCS, we just bought a big bag of sand from the store. Either works!)

-Seashells of assorted sizes and shapes



Here’s how to make it:

-Pour desired amount of sand into the votive candle holder.  You can pour it in unevenly to change up the look, pile it up along one edge,  make it all smooth and level; it’s totally up to you!

-Choose a few seashells and arrange as desired

-Place tealight candle holder in lip of votive candle holder and add desired candle.  We used both a tealight and a votive candle in it (fun to switch it up). Up to you.

-Tie raffia around the lip of the votive candle holder as desired.


I’d LOVE to see/hear what you did with yours!

Shared at: Tasteful Tuesday, Tuesday Talent Show, Whip It Up Wednesday, Artsy-Fartsy Mama, Not Just A Housewife


  1. I LOVE the story about your great-grandma and the sand! So special! This turned out beautiful :).

  2. LOVE this idea! We snagged some sand when we vacationed this summer and shells too. I have not done anything just yet, but maybe I will go ahead and do this.

  3. Umm I LOVE these! That is super cute and would make a great centerpiece for a shower or event. adorable and simple! #LOVEIT

  4. This is awesome. I absolutely love it. And I like that you could really put anything in the bottom part depending on the theme of the room it was being placed in…. so many fun ideas running through my mind. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Beautiful!! I would like to make those as after vacation gifts, too!! Great job!!

  6. Julie Wood says

    This is so gorgeous and a wonderful idea for a wedding centerpiece. I really like it and this it would be great to make for myself! I just love it!

  7. Where did you find the larger votive holders? I am having trouble tracking down a good size glass bowl with a lip at the top like this.

    • Hi CJ! I found it at Hobby Lobby. We’d been wanting to make this for quite some time but that was what we were struggling to find- the proper size base that would fit the votive properly. Have you tried measuring largest part of the votive holder and then checking Amazon for a bowl base with the proper size opening? I know that’s a bit of a pain, but it might be the easiest way?
      Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. This is beautiful, I’ve been racking my brain trying to think of a beach theme centerpiece for my wedding (that won’t cost an arm and a leg for), thank you for the idea


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