mercury glass votive cup tutorial
{from kara noel}

by @according2kelly on November 4, 2012

for the entire month of november we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season.

& the holidays are coming a wee bit earlier for a few lucky readers, thanks to our three amazing giveaways. be sure to head over to today’s featured blogger {kara noelfor a chance to win a silhouette portrait, decoart paints & stencils, and michael’s gift card. 

so dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects.

rev up your mixers, & visit a southern fairytale for lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss.

& to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.

today, our featured blogger is kara noel, of eli’s’ lids. kara noel writes…

I’m so excited to share my holiday table flare with this year’s Holiday Craft Along! I was drooling over noticed these mercury glass votive cups in the last Pottery Barn catalog and thought they would be great for our Christmas table setting. We recently bought our first home (thank you very much) and now we have the space to host family gatherings. Our funds are low because of the whole first home thing (budget, yo), so the I-can’t-afford-that-so-I’ll-make-it cycle of creativity began again. These votives are ideal for teacher or girlfriend gifts because they are extremely inexpensive to make and colors can be personal. I’m so in love with the way they turned out!

Pottery Barn mercury glass DIY

You’ll need:

Glass votives (mine are from the dollar tree)

Silver metallic spray paint (I used rust-oleum: bright coat, metallic finish)

Spray paint in your choice of colors


Long wooden skewers

Rubber glove (optional, but the only way to avoid a rainbow colored hand)

1. Spray the inside of each votive with the colored spray paint. It’s OK if it’s gloppy or dripping or if you spray a bit of the outside of the votive. Let dry. If you want a traditional mercury glass look, spray the inside with black or grey. Tip: I found the only way to get the whole inside was to hold the votive while spraying. Hence the need for a glove above.

holiday votive DIY

2. Place the votive upside-down on the wooden skewer and spray with Windex. More spray makes more splotches on the finished votive, see the pictures below for desired results.

how to spray paint a glass votive cup

Pottery Barn mercury glass DIY

3. Keep the votive on the skewer and spray liberally with the metallic paint before the Windex dries. Try not to get the inside of the votive but you don’t have to be crazy careful – a little overspray on the inside top boosts up the reflection when the candles are lit.  Tip: After you spray, stick the skewer into a flower pot or planter bed until the paint is completely dry. No finger prints!

The biggest surprise with the finished craft is the way the inside color glows with lit candles. Sooooooo lovely!! This year I’ll be gifting the faux mercury glass votive cups in clusters of three in Christmas red and green.

lit Pottery Barn mercury glass DIY

Thanks for reading and have a Happy Homemade Holiday Season!!

Pottery Barn mercury glass

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Kara-Noel has been giddily married for 8 years and is busy making ordinary life for her 4 children (6, 4, 2 & 1) magical daily. She blogs all about it over at Eli’s’ Lids and is in the midst of starting a new line of children’s gear at Every Moment Clothing (first items available in time for Christmas). She loves stalkers so check her out on twitter,  facebook, & pinterest. She has lots of other great tutorials but one of her reader favorites is this Handprint Heart (made for Valentines but would be great for Christmas gift tags).

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Lynn Kellan
Lynn Kellan

What a neat idea! We could spray paint the votives in Xmas colors, too. Silver and gold. Or red and green. Endless possibilities.

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