Festive Votive Candle Holders

a.k.a. glass etching project #1 and Mercury Glass post #3! Are you sick of my Mercury Glass experiments yet? Big Grin


I saw some similar votives at Michaels the other day and thought they might be easily re-created with all the stuff I already had at home. And I really like the end result.


You will need:

- clear glass votive candle holders or large shot glasses (mine are form the dollar store, 4/$1)

- Glass Etching Cream

- Krylon Looking Glass Mirror-Like Paint

- clear drying glue (and/or double-sided thin embossing tape, or glitter glue)

- Glitter

- low tack painter’s tape


1. Tape off the outside off your glass and spray the inside of the glass with several coats of the Krylon Looking Glass Mirror-Like Paint as described in this tutorial. If you like a more Faux Mercury glass look, you could even follow the instructions with the water misting. I opted for a cleaner finish in this instance.

2. Once the inside is completely dry, take the tape off the outside of your glass, and tape off the upper third of your glass. Again on the outside of the glass. You can just eyeball it! But make sure the tape goes around your glass somewhat straight and that it is stuck down very well around the edge.

3. Turn the glasses upside down and apply a thick coat of the etching cream to the exposed parts of the glass. Let it sit for about 5 minutes, then wash off the etching cream with water. Remove the tape and dry the glasses thoroughly.


4. Now you can either freehand it with the glue and draw some lines or any other motives you have in mind on the glasses. Then sprinkle with glitter and let dry.

Or you can use thin double-sided embossing tape. Then sprinkle with glitter and press it on.

You could even use glittery embossing powder and hit it with your heat gun to set.


As you can see I was free-handing it Happy

5. Finish off  hide the mess by gluing a couple of faux rhinestones in places. Especially where the glue lines start and finish.


And that’s it!

Just remember, the mirror finish is applied to the INSIDE of the glass, the frosting finish, the glitter and the rhinestones are applied to the OUTSIDE of the glass.


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18 Responses to Festive Votive Candle Holders

  1. Amanda Dale says:

    Pretty, pretty, pretty! These would work great in January as well!

  2. Handy Man, Crafty Woman says:

    Very pretty! You did a great job.

  3. Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack says:

    I love how these sparkle! I bet they look great all a glow! Great tute! Love 'em…

  4. Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden says:

    So pretty! And perfect for a holiday table!

    Thanks for sharing at My Backyard Eden!

  5. Peggy of Plush Nest says:

    oooo! pretty!
    I think these would make a great back up gift (you know in case some gives you something, but you didn't shop for her)

  6. Debbie says:

    LOVE this idea… they turned out beautiful (I LOVE "Bling"). I think I'm going to make some of these to give as small gifts!! Thanks for the tutorial!!

  7. Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming says:

    Hi Brigit, These are gorgeous – they look like they are right from a catalog! Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase Party – I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this today. Hope you are enjoying your week. ~ Stephanie Lynn

  8. southernscraps says:

    These are gorgeous!

  9. Serendipity Chic Decor says:

    I love those. Your pictures look like something out of a catalog.

    Take care,

  10. Colleen @ MuralMaker&More says:

    I like the 'freehanding!' And I'm just amazed at how Krylon keeps coming out w/great sprays! Beautiful votives!

    Would love for you to join us this weekend at Passion for Paint!

  11. Naturally Me Creations says:

    Absolutely beautiful! I love these! :D

  12. Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking says:

    STUNNING! I'm putting them in the PoPP Spotlight. Thanks for sharing them.

  13. FairfieldHouse says:

    Beautiful. I am going to make some and add to my mercury glass collection. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial.


  14. MaryJanes and Galoshes says:

    These looks awesome! I have that mirror spray, I wonder how frosted paint would work in place of the etching cream. I used to have the cream, but I think I'm out now.


  15. Birgit Kerr says:

    @ Taylor
    I was thinking about the spray too as I had it on hand too. I think the only difference there is that the votives are somewhat small and rounded, so there is more of a chance to have drips and uneven coverage.

    I think it could work though if you do several very very light coats from far away in a very sweeping motion, so drips don't build up on the side of the votive!

    Let me know how it works out if you try!

  16. beth says:

    Those are very, very pretty! You are very creative. :)
    Hope you have a wonderful week.

  17. Nichelle @ Vintage Wanna Bee says:

    I LOVE IT!!!

    I would love if you would link it up at my little talent tuesday party at


    mucho love!

  18. michelle says:

    Those are so beautiful!! I have been looking for that looking glass paint and have not been able to find any yet! I am not giving up though! :)

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