Over half term we spent the week in Wales, miles from anywhere, hardly another sole in sight - let alone a charity shop. And do you know what, it was ok! I survived. It was better than ok in fact. We hardly spent a penny all week, we filled our lungs with fresh air and we had FUN!
We did manage to do a little magpieing, and came up trumps at the beach. We visited Harlech and Fairbourne which were both stunning. Because our half term was a week before the Welsh kids broke up, we had miles and miles of golden sand to ourselves.
We went hunting for treasure in the rock pools and along the shore line.
These beaches came up trumps with enormous freshwater clam shells from the estuary, and giant cockle shells.
This was us singing the lesser known One Direction track "Best shell ever", which we broke out into every few yards as each find superseded the last.
Back home, I decided to turn some of these finds into useful objects. A thorough clean and scrub was required first.
Then I melted some tealight candles in a bowl over a pan of water on the stove - you need one tealight per shell.
Choose large shells which are fairly deep and test them on the worktop to make sure they stand level.
When the tealights have melted, fish out the wicks, still in their little metal retainers with a spoon. Carefully stand the wick and retainer in the centre of your shell and leave the residual wax to firm and hold it in place.
Then carefully pour in the wax to about 2/3 full.
Leave to cool and set.
These little seaside candles would be great for a summer party or barbecue, nautical themed home decor, or check back tomorrow to see what we used ours for.
Safety notes: Never leave burning candles unattended. Ensure they are standing on a level, protected surface. Better still, nestle them into some play sand on a plate or tray to make sure they stand still.
What have you managed to find lately? Have you salvaged, upcycled or re-used something?
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