How to Make Mercury Glass Votives

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.

Materials Needed:

  • glass votives and hurricanes
  • 1 package silver leaf
  • 1 package gold leaf
  • leaf adhesive
  • 1" artist brush
  • soft, mop head brush

Apply Adhesive

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.

DIY Glitter Votives

These glitter votive holders are so cute. Best of all they are so easy to make.

You will need:

  • Glass votives
  • Masking tape
  • Mod Podge
  • Glitter 
  • Brush


Mask off about ¾ of an inch at the top of the votive.

Paint on Mod Podge

Sprinkled on the gold glitter.

Shake off the excess, remove the tape, and voila!  Beautiful, custom candle holders.

* NOTE: I would recommend you use a faux tea light rather than a real candle.