Transform inexpensive glass votives and hurricanes into faux “mercury glass” candle holders using silver and gold leaf. These chic, handmade accessories will bring a little shine to any Christmas arrangement.
glass votives and hurricanes
1 package silver leaf
1 package gold leaf
1" artist brush
soft, mop head brush
Clean and dry glass. Using a one inch artist brush, apply leaf adhesive to inside of votive or hurricane. Allow to dry until adhesive is clear and tacky. Tip: Use a thin coat and brush over adhesive after about ten minutes of drying time to prevent drips and pooling.
Add Gold Flecks
Tear gold leafing into small pieces and sprinkle inside votive in a random pattern. Use a finger tip to gently smooth down gold leaf.
Apply Silver Leaf
Gently apply full sheets of silver leaf to entire interior of votive. Smooth down with a finger tip or mop brush. Once leafing is applied, buff with mop brush in a circular pattern to remove excess leaf. Insert candle or tealight and light as usual. Never leave a burning candle unattended. Tip: Gently remove some silver leaf with a finger nail to create a “crackled” effect.
Don’t let concrete intimidate you. Once you create something with it once, you’ll want to do try other projects (like our DIY concrete votive candle holder). This was simple. First, use cardboard or poster board and painters tape to create your molds. After your molds are created (and only after, you need to work pretty quickly with wet concrete), use a disposable cup or bowl to mix cement powder and water to be about the consistency of soft serve ice cream. Place your molds on top of cardboard or another flat protected surface and pour the concrete in. Smooth the top out and bang on the table to release any air bubbles. Let it sit for 24 hours, then remove the mold. Let dry another 12 hours, then you can get to painting.
We used Behr Marsh Grass and Behr Feather Gold to create this ombre look. First, paint on your lighter color and let dry a bit. Then paint your darker color a little more than the halfway point. Using a damp paintbrush, muddle the colors together at the midpoint. You may need to add some more of your lighter or darker colors to get the look you want.