It’s the time of year for cozy blankets and books by candle light. I’ve turned cheap glass votives into imitation silver and gold mercury glass with just a couple materials and few steps. It’s an affordable project that adds a little charm to your holiday party! More after the jump.
- Glass votives
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Cotton Balls
- 1 can each silver and/or gold spray paint (I used Valspar Metallic paint from Lows)
- Fine sand paper (optional)
- Tea lights (not pictured)
Step 1: Clean the glass votives with the rubbing alcohol and cotton balls to get rid of any dust.
Step 2: There should be a little bit (like a drop or two) of rubbling alcohol left in the votive. If there’s any more than that pour the excess back into the bottle. You want a couple of drops in the votive to create the mercury glass affect.
Step 3: Spray a thin layer of spray paint on the inside of the glass, swirl around the rubbing alcohol to create some imperfect designs. Use the straw to blow air at the paint to make more designs. There’s really no wrong way to do this step, it’s all about creating an imprecise look and giving he glass some character. Dump the excess alcohol into the trash when your done.
Step 4: Let the votives dry for at least an hour. Repeat step 3.
Step 5: Let the votives dry overnight. If you see any blobs of paint you can sand them out with fine sand paper and wipe up the dust with rubbing alcohol. Now you’re ready to light your tea lights!
And one more pic for good measure…