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DIY Faux Mercury Glass Votive Holders

If you love the look of mercury glass, try making this easy and inexpensive DIY Faux Mercury Glass!  Today I am sharing a simple tutorial for creating these DIY Faux Mercury Glass votive holders.

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Welcome!  I am so glad you’re here.  If you are visiting here from my friend Rita’s beautiful blog, Harbour Breeze Home, welcome to My Family Thyme!
We’re all spending lots of time at home lately and it’s the perfect time to craft. Today I am thrilled to be joining a very talented and creative group of bloggers for the Creative Craft Blog Hop, hosted by the lovely Chloe from Celebrate and Decorate.  If you are looking for creativity and inspiration, you have come to the right place!  Please make yourself comfortable and spend some time enjoying all of the amazing ideas you will find at the end of this post!
I love the look of Mercury Glass.  I admire it when I see it in the latest Ballard Design or Pottery Barn catalog, but new pieces are not always practical or in my budget.  Over time, I’ve tried a few different methods to create my own and today I am sharing my favorite method with you.  With a few simple materials and just a little time, you can create your own DIY Faux Mercury Glass Votive Holders. This is one of those easy and inexpensive projects that will add a little sparkle to you home and a smile to your face.



  • spray bottle
  • water
  • vinegar
  • spray paint (I used Rust-Oleum Imagine Metallic Spray Paint in Silver and Gold)
  • painter’s tape (I used Frog Tape)
  • glass jar (I recycled empty Oui yogurt jars for this project.)



  1. Mix equal parts of water and vinegar in a spray bottle
  2. Wrap the exterior of a glass jar with painter’s tape.
  3. In a well-ventilated area, lightly spray the interior of the glass jar with the silver spray paint.
  4. Immediately after you spray the interior with paint, lightly midst with the water and vinegar combination.  You will see that the paint bubbles up and creates an interesting effect to mimic Mercury Glass.
  5. Now, lightly spray the interior of the glass with the gold spray paint.  This different color with add some depth and interest.
  6. Again, lightly midst the interior with the water and vinegar combination right away.
  7. As hard as it is to wait, let it dry for a couple of hours.  Trust me, it is worth the wait.
  8. Wipe the inside of the jar with a dry paper towel and peel off the paint’s tape.


Add a tealight and watch it glow.


So pretty next to my dry brushed painted flower pots.


Maybe I will have to try adding one next to my DIY topiary too!


Where would you like to add a little sparkle to your home?

I have joined in with some blogger friends as part of a Facebook group called Craft and Chat Live.  This group is organized by the very creative and generous Chloe from Celebrate and Decorate.  Last week I took a leap of faith and did my first Facebook Live. During the live recording, I had shared this easy and inexpensive DIY Faux Mercury Glass Votive Holder. I am excited to share a new idea today at 4 p.m. EST.  I would love it if you joined me on Facebook!

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  1. Hi Lynne, So pretty… I’ve always wanted to try this! I need to order some metallic paint for curbside pick up! Happy to be crafting with you today, stay safe!

  2. I’ve collected lots of Qui jars and often try to think of ways to use them! What a great idea! Looks awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  3. So smart. I really love the look of mercury glass and have used the spray on vases before but I think using it on the Oui containers was super smart. Next time I go to the store I’m going to pick up some. These would be really pretty at a small wedding or shower.

  4. Lynne, I’ve been meaning to try this look for over a year. Using the little yogurt jars as mercury glass votives is perfect! They can be tucked into a hutch or set out on a tablescape for extra sparkle!

  5. Isn’t mercury glass wonderful?!!! I have done this to several different projects because I’m so addicted. Yours turned out lovely and thank yours for sharing.

  6. I am a mercury glass sort of gal, so if there is a way to DIY it, I am all over it!
    Great project and fun to share this craft hop with you.
    Jemma At Home With Jemma Blog

  7. How cool is this! I’ve not heard of this method before, very brilliant! I have some Oui jars I have been saving to do something with, I am inspired! Thanks Lynne!

  8. I just love mercury glass. I have done something similar with pumpkins. I love how your votive candle holder turned out. Very pretty.

  9. Who doesn’t need more sparkle in their home? I’ve always admired mercury glass, but have never tried it. I’m encouraged to give it a go; great project!

  10. I absolutely love these!! So pretty!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. It has been such fun to see yours and Chas’ crafts that I got to watch live! I am thinking about making some of these for a tablescape with some other silver accessories I have! Thanks so much for hopping with us!

  12. This came out beautifully! I love mercury glass and I love how you created this. I also love how you styled it next to the potted plant – so pretty!

  13. Mercury glass is gorgeous, Pinning this to remember to try it for Christmas ornaments. Love it Lynn, thank you for the information.

  14. Stopping by to say hi– it’s nice to meet you through this Blog Hop.


  15. These sure came out pretty. Great tutorial? So fun hopping with you.

  16. Lynne, I’ve always wanted to do this — thanks for the great tutorial! At Christmas, I spent a tidy sum purchasing each of my sons a trio of mercury glass candle holders from Pottery Barn. I’m definitely going to try this!

  17. I had no idea you could get a mercury glass look with spray paint. I love the way mercury glass looks too. This really idea really got me thinking, what do I have that I can try it on. Thanks so much!

  18. Lynne, mercury glass is such a pretty finish. Years ago, before I ever heard of blogs, I used a similar technique using vinegar to make plain glass look like mercury glass mirrors. Framed them in vintage flea market frames. Still one of my favorite accessories in our home. Loved this and Pinned.

  19. Lynne, you would never know those votives are upcycled yogurt jars. They look just like something you’d find in a home decor catalog! They would make great gifts or favors. Thanks for sharing your technique!

  20. Wow! This is such a great idea. You can use it for so many things!

  21. I eat this yogurt all the time–what a perfect repurpose for the jars! It is a pleasure to join you for the hop. Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  22. Lynne I love how you used these little yogurt jars. I have used them in my home but, never thought to paint them like this.

    1. Thanks so much, Sonya! The yogurt jars are so cute and they’re fun to repurpose. Hope you’re enjoying a wonderful week!

  23. Those are so pretty! I love the look of mercury glass and what a fun DIY!

    Happy day friend!

    1. Thank you so much, KariAnne! It was such a fun and easy project to make. I hope you’re having a great week!

  24. Rita Joy @ Harbour Breeze Home says:

    I watched your live with this craft and just loved it! I’ll have to try it someday!

  25. Omg!! Genius!! I have a bunch of the Oui jars saved to use for votives but I didn’t think of the Mercury glass idea!!! Thanks, Lynne!!

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