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Mercury Glass Candle Holders

By: Mark Montano

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!

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Mercury Glass Candle Holders


  • Various glass pieces from the thrift store. Try different size vases, large dessert dishes and even light fixtures that are clear can work.
  • Household Goop Glue
  • 1 Can of Looking Glass Paint from Krlyon
  • Newspaper and outdoor space in which to work
  • Sticky felt for the bottom (so they don’t scratch the table)
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape


  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.

    Assembling Glass Pieces
  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.

    Spray Paint
  3. When the Looking Glass paint is dry, glue the pieces together and let dry.
  4. Cut the sticky felt the exact size of the bottom piece of glass and adhere.

    Felt Bottom
  5. Fill with candle and enjoy.

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

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Just found this! It's now 2015!! I Googled the name, found hundreds of images of how you can use cool is this? It's not limited to the insides of glass pieces, either, there are images of drawer fronts, lamp bases and etc...Thanks for the idea.... Sylvia

This is such a cool idea! Sharing on my Facebook page now. Thanks. Tam :)

I love this idea! I am now starting to collect my glass pieces. Where have you found the looking glass paint? Thanks for any help/. Carol

It doesnt say in the instructions...but, do you need to leave the top piece of glass paint free? due to fire issues? The paint is probably flammable. I love this idea...however, had a very hare time finding Looking Glass paint, had to order online. I used regular silver paint...and it turned out very nice. I am thinking any color paint...and even making each glass piece a different color might be nice....

Really cool idea and to add more interesting effect cut small shapes out of the tape and place inside in any pattern before painting... once the candle is in and lit you'll see why.

I love this idea! Can't wait to give it a try! Thanks!!!

I have used the Looking Glass Paint, and YES you must cover the outside of the glass to protect it. Also it is important to make sure the inside is squeeky clean and free of dust and oils, as these will effect the smoothness of the mirror finish.

Have you covered the outside of the glass piece so paint does not get on it or does that matter? It's hard to tell in the photos and the info is not included in the instructions.


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