November 17, 2018

Sand and Sea Candleholders

Even though we live here in sunny Southern California, many of us don’t have time to get to the beach. I live a mile away from the water, and I get to the sandy shore at most two or three times a year. Well, if you can’t go to the beach, the beach can come to you with these candleholders. Blue sand poured into glass containers look like tranquil ocean waves, while shells and sea glass dot the miniature landscape. All that’s missing is a seagull trying to grab your lunch.

What you’ll need:
Blue- and tan-colored sand
Glass container
Sea glass

1. Pour tan-colored sand into one side of a glass container and blue sand into the other side. Gently shake the container to level the sand, and the two colors will look like water lapping on the beach. Because it is illegal in California to take sand from the beaches, I recommend buying it at crafts stores. You’ll know the sand is clean, and it comes in fun colors like blue and pink.

2. Position shells and sea glass around the perimeter of the container. Leave room in the middle for the candle. Again, because it’s illegal in the Golden State to remove any elements from the beach, purchase shells at the crafts store. You can get a big bag of shells for about $5.

3. Place a small candle in the middle of the sand. For safety reasons, I prefer battery-operated LED candles. If you use real candles, keep a watch on them and never leave them unattended.

Jonathan Fong is the author of “Flowers That Wow” and “Parties That Wow,” and host of “Style With a Smile” on YouTube. You can see more of his do-it-yourself projects at