Ramadan DIY | Walnut Shell Candles

by Eaman Elhadri

Put away the homeschool paraphernalia and let’s handcraft Ramadan decorations, shall we!?

Anyone reading this who knows me well, will be surprised! I’m not a decor lady.

I try to live a minimalist lifestyle (which is so hard with children by the way!), however Ramadan during a pandemic is a different story. I’ve decided to make Ramadan special by handcrafting our own decor, and this handcraft is one of my favorites!

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These adorable floating walnut shell candles make a great centerpiece for any Iftar setting – floor or table!

I love this handcraft because –

  • You’re making memories with your child
  • You’re creating a REAL handcraft made of (mostly) natural materials.
  • It’s beautiful and so stinkin adorable
  • It can be used at any time, not just Ramadan

Floating Walnut Shell Candles

(This bowl is clay, not wooden. Please don’t use wood near fire)

You won’t need much to create these cuties!

Materials Needed

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You’ll only need a few simple materials:

Step 1 – Open the Walnut Shells

You don’t need a nut cracker. Just a knife.

Don’t believe me? Watch the video below and see for yourself!

How to open a walnut shell without a nut cracker

You will need to insert the tip of the knife and twist gently and it should pop right open. Some of them will break, that is normal.

Tell the kids to snack on the walnuts all the while. They’re great fresh!

Ramadan DIY Walnut Shell Candles are perfect for Muslim homeschoolers to do as a craft.
yes, it gets messy 😉

You’ll want to sort of dust them out a bit, making sure there aren’t any particles left.

DIY Walnut Shell Candles are the perfect Ramadan craft for Muslim homeschooling families!

Step 2 – Cut wicks down to an inch

Ramadan DIY decor for Muslim families can be fun, such as walnut shell candles.

Step 3 – Insert wick stickers and wicks into walnut shells

DIY Walnut Shell Candles are a perfect handcraft for Ramadan!
Tray set-up so that the kids can do it on their own!

Step 4 – Melt the wax

DIY Walnut Shell Candles are the perfect Ramadan craft for Muslim homeschooling families!
looks akin to frying donuts

Place the wax into the double broiler and place the double broiler on top of a pot. Let it come to a boil then turn it down to medium.

It takes a bit to fully melt. Set up all the shells on the counter next to your burner.

Make sure to protect your surfaces with a tray or paper, plastic, etc.

DIY Walnut Shell Candles are the perfect Ramadan craft for Muslim homeschooling families!
ready to be filled

Step 5 – Pour the wax into the shells

Adults or big kids only! You have full control when you hold the walnut shell yourself, however if you’re uncomfortable with this, you can always place them in an empty egg carton first.

Allow them to cool and voila!

so stinkin cute
DIY Walnut Shell Candles are the perfect Ramadan craft for Muslim homeschooling families!
looks good enough to eat!

How we plan on using our floating candles

They burn out quickly, so we decided that we’ll burn one for each night of Ramadan, during Iftar time.

DIY Walnut Shell Candles are the perfect Ramadan craft for Muslim homeschooling families!
DIY Walnut Shell Candles are the perfect Ramadan craft for Muslim homeschooling families!
The best Ramdan DIYs for Muslim homeschooling families are those that are real handicrafts and that use natural materials.

I’m thinking of giving away 30 of these cuties during a giveaway soon, so hop on over and turn post notifications ON!

Helpful Tips

If you have leftover melted beeswax, add coconut butter and shea butter to make your own lip balm!

Variation – you can always turn these into adorable boats by inserting a toothpick into the warm, but not completely hard, wax. Then place a piece of washi tape on the top.

Helpful Links & Free Printables!

DIY Ramadan Felt Envelope Advent Calendar

Ramadan Resources Roundup 2021

Ramadan Activities for kids

Eid at Home Guide

Free Eid Alphabet Printables

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