DIY Faux Mercury Glass Votive Holders

6 Materials
2 Hours

If you love the look of mercury glass, try making this easy and inexpensive DIY Faux Mercury Glass! Today I am sharing a simple tutorial for creating these DIY Faux Mercury Glass votive holders.

I love the look of Mercury Glass. I admire it when I see it in the latest Ballard Design or Pottery Barn catalog, but new pieces are not always practical or in my budget.  Over time, I’ve tried a few different methods to create my own and today I am sharing my favorite method with you. With a few simple materials and just a little time, you can create your own DIY Faux Mercury Glass Votive Holders. This is one of those easy and inexpensive projects that will add a little sparkle to you home and a smile to your face.

  • spray bottle
  • water
  • vinegar
  • spray paint (I used Rust-Oleum Imagine Metallic Spray Paint in Silver and Gold)
  • painter’s tape (I used Frog Tape)
  • glass jar (I recycled empty Oui yogurt jars for this project.)

  1. Mix equal parts of water and vinegar in a spray bottle
  2. Wrap the exterior of a glass jar with painter’s tape.
  3. In a well-ventilated area, lightly spray the interior of the glass jar with the silver spray paint.
  4. Immediately after you spray the interior with paint, lightly midst with the water and vinegar combination. You will see that the paint bubbles up and creates an interesting effect to mimic Mercury Glass.
  5. Now, lightly spray the interior of the glass with the gold spray paint. This different color with add some depth and interest.
  6. Again, lightly midst the interior with the water and vinegar combination right away.

As hard as it is to wait, let it dry for a couple of hours. Trust me, it is worth the wait.

Wipe the inside of the jar with a dry paper towel and peel off the paint’s tape.

Add a tea light and watch it glow. Where would you like to add a little sparkle to your home?

Suggested materials:

  • Spray bottle
  • Water
  • Vinegar
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