Wednesday, May 11, 2016

DIY Blush Mercury Glass Votive Tutorial

When my fiance (now husband) and I set a date for our wedding, planning mode officially kicked off. I was immediately dreaming of a blush and gold wedding, complete with blush mercury glass votives, table numbers, the works. I quickly fell in love with the beauty of mercury glass and decided that it was something I had to have as part of our centerpieces. Unfortunately, reality quickly set in when I started looking at mercury votives. My jaw quickly dropped at the prices - $25, or more, for 6 votives? We were going to need over 200 and I couldn't see spending over $800 on votives that we would never use again....with wedding season creeping up, I'm sure other brides-to-be are in a similar boat.

So, I started looking into DIY alternatives and unfortunately came up empty handed. I found a few tutorials on how to make silver mercury glass, but I wanted blush and gold. After much trial and error, I came up with the beautiful votives you'll see above and below. You don't have to be a craft wizard to complete this project, but you do need to be open to trial and error. Fortunately, with patience, = time and significantly less cash, you can create the mercury glass votives of your dreams!

One of the biggest things you'll need for this project is the votives. I recommend looking at discount factory candle stores in your city. I paid $0.25 (or sometimes less) per votive by looking up sales and using coupons I found online. The rest was easy! Second, you'll need to run by the craft store to pick up your paint. I used Martha Stewart's Transparent Gloss Glass Paint - pick a shade closest to the pink you're looking for - and Krylon's Metallic Paint. Don't try to do this project all in one day. You'll need time between steps 2 and 3, but you could easily complete it over a weekend. Ready? Let's get started!

Blush Mercury Glass Tutorial


Spray Bottle
Foam Craft Brush 
White Vinegar
Martha Stewart Glass Paint
Krylon 18k spray paint

Step 1: Prep the Surface
  • Make sure all the tags have been removed from your votives. Using an old dish rag or cotton ball, clean then thoroughly with alcohol and allow them to dry. 
  • Do not skip this step! You don't need dust or dirt in your finished product.

Step 2: Create Blush Glass

  • Pour small amount of paint onto a paper plate. Using your foam brush, lightly cover the inside of each votive in paint. Do not paint the outside. Repeat until desired number of votives are finished, refilling your paint dish as necessary. Use a second coat of paint as desired. 
  • Next, you will need to cure the votives. Let them air dry for about an hour. Line a baking sheet with foil and fill it up with the painted votives. 
  • Set the votives in a cold oven and set the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, bake for 30 minutes then turn the oven off. Wait a few hours to remove - they'll be hot! I recommend opening the windows in your kitchen for this step as it can cause an unpleasant odor. 

Step 3: Create Mercury Glass!

  • Fill up your spray bottle with half water and half white vinegar. You're going to use the vinegar spray all over your votives. This will keep the gold paint from adhering in all spots and help to create that "mercury" look. 
  • I recommend completing the rest of this project outdoors or in your garage with the door open - the Krylon paint does have an odor and it's probably best to not breathe in the fumes! 
  • Working in sets of ~4, spray the inside of your votives with the vinegar/water mixture. Don't worry if the vinegar water begins to pool in the bottom - what you're looking for is an even coverage of spots on the side. Next, lightly dust the insides with the metallic paint. You just want to provide a gentle dusting of gold, so that the pink will still shine through. Remember, you can always add more gold, but you can't take it away. 
  • Repeat until all votives are finished, allow to air dry. Enjoy your beautiful votives!

Questions about this project? Feel free to ask in the comments below! 


  1. I love this idea but for sum reason, mine aren't turning out like yours. The pink is showing 2 much so I barely see the gold. I only used a very light coat of pink, so light u can see where I brushed it on.

    1. But the inside looks great! Lol. What am I doing wrong???

    2. I would try adding another coat or two of gold to the outside!