As a budget crafter, I love finding ways to make inexpensive dollar store glass look high end.  I like to stock up on glass items from the dollar store and thrift store to craft with.  Here’s a pretty idea that will make great decor for fall and holiday parties: create faux cracked glass votive candle holders that shimmer and shine!

This post first appeared at Dollar Store Crafts, where I am a contributor.


  • Glass candle holder
  • Gold Spray paint
  • Glossy Accents
  • Distress Crackle Paint (Rock Candy
  • Glitter
Step one: Spray paint the glass gold.  Choose a spray paint that has a metallic finish and will work with all surfaces.

Step two:  Paint a thin application of Glossy Accents over the spray paint.  Pour a small amount on your craft mat, then use a brush to apply a thin layer over the paint.  This will help keep you from scraping the paint off in the next step, and helps the Rock Candy adhere in step three. Let it dry.

Step three:  Paint a heavy coat of Rock Candy Crackle Paint over the dried surface.  Sprinkle glitter onto the wet paint.  I used ultra fine Glamour Dust Glitter.  Set it aside to dry.

As the crackle paint dries, you will see the gold paint bubble and crack as it is pulled apart.  It takes a few hours to dry, and you will see more cracks develop.  The surface is not sharp, and you can handle it carefully.  The paint does not chip off when handled gently, but you could peel it off if you tried to, so handle it with care.  You could probably seal it with another layer of Glossy Accents, but I did not.  I have had mine on my shelf for over a year and it still looks great!

These faux cracked glass votive candle holders would be great for lots of different holidays and special occasions.  Display them with acorns that have been painted gold for pretty fall centerpieces.  Another idea is to attach a jewelry pin with some pretty ribbon and transform the piece in to sparkly Christmas decor.  You can even try different spray paint and glitter colors to create different effects.  Have fun crafting and creating!



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