DIY Shark Infested Gel Candle

July 14th is Shark Awareness Day! Celebrate with this fin-tastic DIY Shark Infested Gel Candle project!

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DIY Shark Infested Gel Candle

You all know that I love a good candle craft!  This project was the first time I ever experimented with gel candle wax.  It’s totally different than soy wax, a little easier to use, clean up is fast, and I love that you can add just about anything into it!  Being that today is Shark Awareness Day (did you watch Shark Week?), I thought it would be fun to make a “shark infested” gel candle.

I have to admit that once upon a time, I really wanted to own a shark aquarium in my home.  I thought it would have been pretty bad ass to have little sharks swimming around in a tank!  This shark candle is as close as I’ll get to my little shark aquarium and it’s a hell of a lot easier to take care of!  No feeding, no changing the water, no fear of having your hand bitten off!

Unfortunately, the one thing I realized while working with gel candle wax is that it bubbles like crazy!  That’s just the way the wax sets.  Also, if you’re looking for a heavily scented candle, this isn’t it!  The gel makes it take on a totally different scent.  Your fragrance will be in there.  It just won’t be as strong as you might like it to be.  That’s why I prefer gel candles as more of a decorative piece than anything!

DIY Shark Infested Gel Candle



  1. Add two Glue Dots to the bottom of the glass container, one on each end.  Affix wicks to the Glue Dots.
  2. Pour sand into the container.  Gently tap container to evenly distribute sand.
  3. Push seashells and anchor charm into the sand so they’re snug.  Position a couple sharks in the sand, as well.
  4. Melt gel candle wax according to package.  Add candle scent to melted wax and stir with a skewer to combine.
  5. Carefully pour melted wax into the container.  
  6. As the wax begins to harden, you can reposition the sharks a little higher in the wax using a skewer to make it look as if they’re swimming.
  7. Allow gel to set completely before displaying.

DIY Shark Infested Gel Candle

Did you make your own shark infested candle?  Share it with the hashtag #livinglavidadiy and tag me @lavidaholoka!

DIY Shark Infested Gel Candle


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