Sand Candles: Making Memories

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Sand candles are the new wave in Home Décor. It challenges our creativity and has us step outside the box. It is art, it’s purposeful, and its ingenuity. Used to design unique concepts that are only halted by our imaginations.

 Given as a gift, bringing purpose to an old forgotten relic and in sighting conversation. Candle Sand is what today’s inspiration contributes to the artistic balancing act between design and functionality in contemporary sand candles for the house, workplace, and thoughtful giving of gifts.

Making sand candles is fun and easy; they make great gifts, and it’s a nice activity with your children!

Recycling of leftover sand candles

Also, you can recycle leftover sand candles this way or transform old ones that you don’t burn anymore. If you want to go ‘all natural,’ use beeswax; it smells great, has no harmful substances, and makes the most beautiful sand candles!

Imagine the Possibilities of making your personalized sand candles without special candle-making equipment! Candle Sand is a fine, sand-like “wax for sand candles” without tapered candle molds or electric wax warmers. 

DIY Candles are easy with sand candles. To create a scented candle and alter the texture of the sand, add candle scents, such as fragrance oil.

What you need


Bucket of sand basic candle-making supplies



Making beach sand candles refers to using the sand as a vessel or container for the wax. The sand takes the shape of an object of your choice, allowing the wax to take shape and solidify into a beautiful candle. 

The process involves pouring melted wax into the prepared sand mold, which provides a unique and textured appearance to the finished candle.

As the wax cools and sets within the sand, it adopts the shape and contours of the mold, resulting in a charming and personalized sand candle.

Steps for making sand candles:


Clean, dry beach sand (alternatively, you can use sand from the craft store)

Wax or candle wax flakes

Fragrance oil & wax dye (optional)

Candle wicks & either hot glue or wick tabs

Plastic containers or pails (choose one large enough for your mold) 

Objects to shape your mold (bottles, jars, etc.) 

Double boiler or microwave-safe container for melting wax

Wax thermometer 

Heat-resistant utensils (stirring spoon, skewers)

Wax paper or newspaper for workspace protection


The first step in making sand candles is to collect beach sand. Choose a clean and dry beach area away from vegetation or wildlife habitats. 

Scoop the sand and collect it in a clean container using a sturdy bucket or a small shovel. For a smooth candle texture, ensure the sand is debris-free, such as shells or rocks.

We can’t emphasize enough that you must be mindful of the environment while collecting sand. As tempting as it may be while you’re strolling the shoreline for sand, avoid taking seashells from the beach.

Every shell plays a role in local ecology, and it can disrupt erosion patterns and harm the local ecosystem when humans take them.


The first step requires you to follow the manufacturer’s directions that came with your candle wax, fragrance, and candle dye squares. We can offer a few suggestions here. 

​​For beginners, paraffin wax is often the easiest to work with due to its lower melting point and availability. 

However, if you opt for beeswax, it’s important to note that it naturally possesses a warm, golden-yellow hue, which can impact the outcome when using color dyes.

Consider this unique characteristic as you choose your color palette to achieve the desired results.

Soy wax also works and is incredibly ethical, non-toxic, and sustainable. (Soy wax is vegan, too, if that matters to you). 

To test the shade of your wax as you color it, dip a craft stick (it looks like a tongue depressor; you probably used these to make crafts as a kid) and allow the wax to dry for a few minutes.

Your final color will be darker than this, as the wax will be denser once it’s poured.


Time to get your hands dirty.

Mix the beach sand with water until it’s wet enough to pack firmly (think sand castle density). Next, fill the damp sand into the bottom of your plastic container or pail. 

Now, it’s time to mold the sand around your chosen object. Grab your bottle, jar, or other entity with a hollow shape and place it on top of the layer of wet sand.

Begin tightly packing the remaining sand around the object, keeping it straight and upright. Leave enough of the thing sticking out from the packed sand so you can grip it firmly for removal. 

Note: Place the narrow side down if you’ve chosen an object with a little side and a wide one. This will reduce the chances your candle breaks when you remove it from the mold. 

Slowly remove the object from the mold. Don’t get frustrated if the whole thing collapses inward the first time—it happens! Wet the sand a bit more and start over.


Cut the wick to the desired length, leaving a few inches longer than the height of your candle. Using a wide object, use two wicks for an even burn. 

Dip the wick(s) into the melted wax and allow it to dry so it stiffens. Then, use a pencil or similar tool to make a small hole in the bottom of your sand mold. This is where your wick will go. 

Place a dab of hot glue or melted wax at the base of the wick and affix it to the center of the sand hole you created. Smooth the sand back over the hole and hold the wick upright until the glue hardens, securing the wick in place. 

Alternatively, you can use a wick tab or sticker for easier attachment. Ensure the wick stands straight and centered for a balanced burn.


Keep the wick centered and ready to illuminate your candle masterpiece throughout this step. Pour the wax gradually and steadily into the mold, being mindful not to run too quickly, as this could create an indentation in the sand. 

If you’re crafting multiple sand candles, returning the remaining wax to the stove between pours is advisable to maintain its optimal temperature.

Allow the candle to rest undisturbed until it cools completely, ideally overnight, allowing it to solidify fully. Once cooled, carefully remove the candle from the mold. 


Remove your candle from the plastic pail. Use a soft paintbrush to gently brush away any loose sand, revealing the true beauty of your creation.

Finally, trim any excess wick and wax at the base using scissors, ensuring a clean and polished finish.


Art of sand candles are a completely different type of candle creation compared to traditional sand candles.

Instead of using sand as a mold or vessel, sand art candles involve layering colored sand within a container to create unique and vibrant designs.


While making candles in the sand by the beach is technically possible, it’s not recommended due to potential safety hazards and environmental concerns.

Leaving hot wax unattended on the beach poses risks, as someone or something could accidentally step into molten wax, resulting in burns or injuries.

 Moreover, the heat from the wax can cause damage to the surrounding environment, such as scorching the sand or potentially harming wildlife.

Never go unsupervised with candles.

A candle with a one-inch wick will burn for approximately three and a half hours before extinguishing. After allowing the wax to cool fully, remove the thin top layer of resin and start again!


Add essential oils to create your custom scent. 

Your candle will burn longer the longer the wick!

Think outside the box! Transfer the resin into a clean jam jar, a vase, or a shell. the possibilities are endless!



Take your sand and dampen it till it’s quiet. Your candle will burn longer the longer the wick!

Think outside the box! Transfer the wax into a clean jam jar and a vase,

firm and wet.

 An excellent consistency to aim for is something akin to a sandcastle mixture.

Form a rounded hole in the sand with your hand, into which you will pour the wax.

Making a hole with a hot skewer, you can counter-sink the wick or add it later.

Let the wax sit overnight, and pull it out of the mold by lifting it out of the sand.

 Remove any loose sand by brushing it off with a paintbrush.

The hotter your wax is pouring, the thicker the sand crust will become. It depends on your design idea.

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