Give plain glass votives a trendy mercury glass makeover with mirror-effect spray paint. The antique-looking votives lend a sparkling glow to a table setting, mantel, coffee table — or anywhere. Easily make your own with our step-by-step instructions.
Colorful maps add a classic touch to glass vessels and votives. You'll need the following materials for this project: an assortment of glass votive candle holders and vases, scissors, maps, a pencil, a ruler or straight edge and double-sided tape.
“The holidays are such an expensive time of the year in general, I wanted to come up with a beautiful, affordable tablescape,” says Fotini Roman of Farmhouse Chic Blog. By incorporating her collection of mercury-glass votive holders with a fragrant cedar garland and mini silver ornaments, Roman created a warm, inviting and elegant holiday table.
“Instead of sticking to simple pillar candles for centerpieces, opt for mixing and matching," suggests Audrey Isaac, of 100 Candles. "Select assorted stemmed glasses or votive holders for a fun, clean look that will add character to each table.” Floral design by Intrigue Designs.
Natural Silestone tile dazzles in this lovely master bathroom. A raincan showerhead adds a luxurious element to the glass-enclosed shower, while the gorgeous tub is accented by 12 votive candles and an Oncidium orchid.
The built-in acrylic tub by Americh in the HGTV Dream Home 2010 master bathroom is surrounded by natural Silestone tile, as is the adjacent glass-enclosed shower stall. A 12-votive candle centerpiece dazzles on the countertop.
Designer Alice Cramer includes a soft and cuddly fur throw at the foot of the bed in this muted, grey-toned bedroom. As Cramer attests, the holidays don't have to be complicated. Use things you already have and just add the bling with seasonal touches. "Nothing prettier to a tabletop," says Cramer, "than simple glass containers of different sizes filled with cranberries, red berries, greenery and floating votive candles. Mix it in with silver service pieces filled with white flowers and various candlesticks." It's a look that works for a beautiful tabletop, or in accent tables in a guest room.
Hosting a holiday party this year? Line your walkway with these simple DIY luminaries. Fill clear glass or plastic vases with stones or sand and add tea lights or votive candles (we prefer the battery-operated kind). Finish each luminary with a cute yarn bow.
Combining the idea of the clock striking midnight and a favorite destination, Laura Ingalls Gunn of Decor to Adore was inspired to create her Bonne Année table decor.
Gunn’s centerpiece features mini towers under glass cloches, faux snow, metallic ornaments and votive holders along with an array of vintage-style clock faces—printed from the computer and detailed with glitter.