Looks can be deceiving: How to make milk glass out of a candle holder

In the Victorian era, milk glass — whose predecessor, opaque glass, originated in the 1500s — became a popular substitute for the more expensive porcelain of that time. As with all trends, its popularity eventually waned. In the 1950s and '60s, however, milk glass again became trendy. It's likely from this time period your grandmother or mother acquired her pieces.
This quick craft produces a similar milk-glass look with spray paint. White glass looks simple but stands out when placed on a colorful table runner or filled with flowers. In addition to votives, these holders would look nice with fake berries and greenery overflowing the tops at Christmastime. Textured holders that look crystal-cut evoke the milk-glass look best.
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Materials
- Clear votive candle holder
- Tarp or newspaper (not shown)
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue sticks
- Semi-gloss white rustproof spray paint
- Face mask (not shown)
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Instructions
1. Clean and dry the empty votive, and put newspaper or a tarp down on the work surface.
2. Dab round beads of glue at 1-inch intervals around the votive's circumference, 1/2 to 1 inch down from the rim. If the holder is textured, place the beads in spots that do not interfere with the pattern. Let the glue harden.
3. Don the face mask and ventilate the area. Place the holder on the tarp or newspaper.
4. Apply spray paint evenly to the glass per the can's instructions. Let the paint dry before using the holder.
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5. Repeat the steps for as many holders as you need.
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