DIY Candle Holders for the Holidays

Use a flameless candle and a floating candle to make these easy Christmas candle holders.

| Winter 2015

  • DIY Mercury Glass
    Make DIY mercury glass for the look of an antique candle holder.
    Photo by Kellsey Trimble
  • Floating Candle
    Use floating candles in your DIY Christmas candle holders.
    Photo by Kellsey Trimble

  • DIY Mercury Glass
  • Floating Candle

Safe, Simple Candle Holders

I love the flicker of candles throughout the house during the winter season, but I’m also aware of the safety factor that needs to be taken into account when burning wicked candles. You can find flameless candles that run on batteries and are made to flicker like a real candle in stores or online. Some of them even have timers you can set so they’ll turn on and off at set times.

Here are a couple of easy candleholders you can make, and ones in which you can burn real candles.

DIY Mercury Glass

Old mercury glass has an interesting look to it, and it seems to go especially well with holiday decorations. This is an easy way to achieve a similar look to old mercury glass.

In a well-ventilated area, take a clear glass hurricane and rinse it off, but don’t dry it. Set it on newspaper or a piece of cardboard. Keeping the glass pretty wet, lightly spray Krylon Looking Glass Mirror paint all the way around the outside of the globe. Don’t coat it heavily – a light coating is all you need. Leave it to dry for an hour or more.

The water running down the sides of the hurricane after rinsing it will leave subtle streaks in the paint that will give it that antique finish so it looks like mercury glass. When it’s dry, place your candle, flameless or wicked, inside the hurricane and watch it flicker behind the glass.

Floating Candle Holder

This project will not work with a battery-powered candle; it instead requires a wicked floating candle.

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