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DIY Seashell Incense Stick Holder Tutorial

Updated on June 19, 2013
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A Craft Project for Leftover Seashells

Besides swimming and tanning, picking up seashells is one of the most popular activities to do at the beach. It doesn't require a chiseled, bronzed body, anyone can do it, and collecting seashells can be done any season of the year.

Unfortunately, these shells usually get put in a box or a bucket, collecting dust until more beach treasures are piled on top of them. If you've got seashells lying around with nothing to do, why not decorate a boring wooden incense holder with them?


For this seashell incense burner, you'll need:

  • Various fan-shaped seashells
  • Hot glue gun
  • Craft glue
  • Bag of crushed shells (I bought mine at Hobby Lobby for $4, or you can crush some of yours if you have a lot of them)
  • A plain wooden incense holder (Mine came included with a 90 incense variety pack at Walmart for $5)

I'm using shells I've collected and a cheap wooden burner.
I'm using shells I've collected and a cheap wooden burner. | Source

Step 1: Covering the Plain Incense Burner

Start by gluing crushed seashells over the entire surface of your plain wooden incense burner using craft glue. Concentrate your efforts on the outer edges of the burner since these will be showing more than the center parts. Allow it to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

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Bit by bit......by bit......finally done! (Took me about half an hour but I'm pretty slow...)
Bit by bit...
Bit by bit... | Source
...by bit...
...by bit... | Source
...finally done! (Took me about half an hour but I'm pretty slow...)
...finally done! (Took me about half an hour but I'm pretty slow...) | Source

Step 2: Making the Incense "Holder"

Choose two large shell halves that are about the same size but slightly mismatched. It doesn't matter if the top half has deep ridges, but it helps if the bottom half does so the incense stick will be held in place better.

Rest the top half over the bottom so that the bottom half sticks out (like the shells have an underbite). Next, use hot glue to glue the two halves together.

After the shell holder is dry, lean it backwards so that the incense stick points upward in a forty-five degree angle. Glue it to the side of the incense burner without the upward curve using a generous amount of glue.

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It looks like it's talking to me.This is what the back will look like, with the top half slightly further back than the bottom.Hot glue them together. This part won't show later on, so put as much as you need.Perfect!Set it on the end without the curve.He looks like he's enjoying that smoke.
It looks like it's talking to me.
It looks like it's talking to me. | Source
This is what the back will look like, with the top half slightly further back than the bottom.
This is what the back will look like, with the top half slightly further back than the bottom. | Source
Hot glue them together. This part won't show later on, so put as much as you need.
Hot glue them together. This part won't show later on, so put as much as you need. | Source
Perfect!
Perfect! | Source
Set it on the end without the curve.
Set it on the end without the curve. | Source
He looks like he's enjoying that smoke.
He looks like he's enjoying that smoke. | Source

Step 3: Making the Ash Catchers

One by one, glue shells with the cups facing upward in a single row down the incense burner. I chose to put larger shells near the holder and gradually made them smaller until I got to the end.

Since all shells are unique, arrange them before you glue them down so you know that they fit nicely together. While there may be a couple tiny gaps between the shells, this shouldn't make much of a difference in the end as long as they are touching.

After everything is all set, burn some ocean-scented incense sticks on your new burner and relax while dreaming of the sea.

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Glue the shells down one by one.Don't be afraid to use looooooots of glue.It'll hold the shells on better!The finished product!
Glue the shells down one by one.
Glue the shells down one by one. | Source
Don't be afraid to use looooooots of glue.
Don't be afraid to use looooooots of glue. | Source
It'll hold the shells on better!
It'll hold the shells on better! | Source
The finished product!
The finished product! | Source

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    Chace 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    @Yasmins Art -- thank you! I'm happy you like it :)

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    Yasmin Crawford-Hunt 3 years ago from Derby

    I love incense and this looks really pretty, thanks for the hub!

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    Chace 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    @ CarlySullens -- Awesome! :) I hope y'all have fun making them. I'm going to give seashell crafts out for Christmas, too! :D

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    CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

    These look great! My kids are always collecting sea shells from the beach and we go often. Now we can have a fun project to do together and give them out as gifts for the winter holidays. Thanks Chace for the great ideas!

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    Chace 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    Thank you, Angelo52! :)

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    Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

    Nice project. Seashell crafting is one of my hobbies also. Thumbs up and shared.

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    Chace 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    @frogyfish - I actually debated just leaving it with only the crushed shells because I thought it was pretty :)

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    frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

    I thought, "I like just the crushed shells glued on the stick." Then when I read why the shell halves were glued on, that was a 'turned on light'!

    Great idea and simple instructions for a useful item!

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    Chace 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    @pinto2011--Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words :) Incense sticks are amazing!

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    Subhas 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

    I love incense sticks and after your hub, I think I will love them more. You have made this DIY very easier with your greater understanding and explanation.

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