How to Make a Metallic Candleholder

These twinkling DIY candleholders look like gold mercury glass, but they get their shimmer from an easy painting technique. This quick and easy crafting idea makes a gorgeous (and inexpensive!) handmade gift.

Create a stunning holiday centerpiece with these painted gold candleholders. Transform plain glass tea lights into a mercury glass-inspired gift. Make several and gift them as fun hostess gifts. Once you've mastered the technique, change things up with silver, copper, or other metallic paint.

Make another handmade hostess gift. 


  • Glass candleholder
  • Spray bottle
  • Water
  • Metallic gold spray paint
  • Gold glitter spray paint

Step 1: Clean glass

Clean the inside and outside of the glass candleholder. You want it to be really clean so the paint will stick to the glass. Use a soft cloth to dry without leaving streaks. Make sure the glass is completely dry before moving on to the next step. 

Step 2: First coat

Cover your work surface. Spray a light mist of water into a glass candleholder. Use a spray bottle to get an even mist. Do not wipe up beaded water. Working inside the candleholder, spray a light layer of metallic gold paint over the beads of water, leaving the glass slightly translucent. Let dry completely.

Step 3: Add glitter

Spray the interior of the candleholder with gold glitter spray paint. Let dry completely. Display candleholders on their own or use them as part of a festive holiday centerpiece. 


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