DIY Faux Marble Bookends/Shelf Decor

by Amanda
4 Materials
1 Hour

I discovered this faux marble painting technique and am now obsessed with trying it on different things. I found two almost identical snow globes at a thrift store and had an idea.

Thrift product

I knew I wanted something round for this project and these snowglobes had almost identical bases and figured they'd work great!

Paint solid color

I scuffed the glass and then spray painted both so that the glass was completely covered.

Get your soot station ready

Light a candle stick and place a fork in the flame. Notice how the smoke turns black. This is what we will use to add the marble to our base paint color.

Roll the product in soot

I put the candle on a candle holder so I could have a free hand. Hold the globe in one hand and the fork in the other. Hold the globe about 8 inches above the lit candle.

Place the fork in the flame. Roll the globe around in the black smoke as you want it to land on the product.

Note that the closer you get the more black the markings will appear.

Paint base and Seal

Sealed with a spray on poly!

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  • Kate Kate on Dec 06, 2020

    Was the fork regular stainless or was it silver?

  • Char Char on Nov 08, 2021

    I don't get the fork. Is that what creates smoke? They're beautiful, reminds me of the moon. It would be cool to use something you could put lights in too. Hmmm, gotta go search through my 'stuff' now. Lol

  • Sherilyn Lawson Sherilyn Lawson on Nov 14, 2021

    is the paint wet or dry when you "smoke" it? thanks

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  • Leslie Leslie on Nov 08, 2021

    Hi Amanda, Very creative thank you for sharing. For those that would not want to use the glass globes for this project wooden, paper mache', or even hand made ones by balling up tin foil and covering with poly or paper clay might work. Spray paint, smoke and then seal with a non yellowing polyurethane or acrylic sealer. You can make a base from anything. Ornate lamp bases, wooden corner door inserts made in to a box form or even tiles made into a box form. If you still want to use the glass, get the small "fish bowls" from the dollar store and set them into anything. You can also make hideaways if using the fish bowls. If using real snow globes, and they are not leaking or have not evaporated, you can calk around the bottom of the globe just to make sure. I have several that are old and they have never lost the water.

    Also make sure the snow globes you use are not collectables. Just an aside the first snow globes were used as paperweights :)

  • Lyn24515305 Lyn24515305 on Nov 08, 2021

    I have done this before but I use a butter knife and a citronella candle. Best to do it outside tho.