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Mercury Glass (like) Candle Holders

I have been coveting candleholders like these for years. The true antique versions are way out of my price range. Fortunately I’ve figured out a way to make my own version for very little money and I can have as many as I want. Plus, let’s just face it, they are beautiful and super easy to make. Just don’t tell anyone the secret, OK!


Extract from

The Big-Ass Book of Home Decor: More than 100 Inventive Projects for Cool Homes like Yours by Mark Montano

Published by Abrams

You have a problem. Your current home ?décor” is ugly, shabby, and boring, but you can’t afford lots of new stuff. Or maybe your house is filled with tired old junk that you just can’t bear to throw away. Or maybe you bought all your furniture at a big box store, but it irritates you that it all looks like you bought it there.


You have a solution?or, rather, a whole houseful of solutions. In this newest Big-Ass Book, do-it-yourself guru Mark Montano presents 105 practical, simple, and decidedly unboring projects for every space in your home. Montano’s wizardry?accomplished with masking tape, spray paint, and glue?transforms everything from accessories, to walls and windows, to lighting, to major pieces like headboards, tables, dressers, and chairs. (And there’s even a chapter on turning the anonymous items you got at IKEA into one-of-a-kind treasures.)

© 2015 Mark Montano / Abrams · Reproduced with permission.


  1. How to make a votive / candle holder. Mercury Glass Candle Holders - Step 1 1

    Experiment with the different glass pieces. Groups of 2 and 3 work best for this. Stack them and see how they might look glued together.

  2. How to make a votive / candle holder. Mercury Glass Candle Holders - Step 2 2

    Once you figure out which will be glued together, spray the insides of each piece with the Krylon Looking Glass paint until you get the desired reflection.

  3. 3

    When the Looking Glass paint is dry, glue the pieces together and let dry.

  4. 4

    Cut the sticky felt the exact size of the bottom piece of glass and adhere.

  5. How to make a votive / candle holder. Mercury Glass Candle Holders - Step 5 5

    Fill with candle and enjoy.

    HINT: Several of these clustered together make an amazing table centerpiece.

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