DIY Seashell Incense Stick Holder Tutorial
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)
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.
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.
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.