It’s a Cinch – Dollar Vase into Glimmering Candle Holder!

I heart good mercury glass crafts.

So what better way to turn those ugly old glass vases that we all have

multiplying in drawers and on shelves and not really doing anyone any good

in their boring, unadorned state.

How to Turn an Ugly Dollar Store Glass Vase into a Glimmering Candle Holder

Great glass crafts - Dollar store vase turned mercury glass candle holder.


* Ugly glass vase (on hand but can find at Dollar Store – $1)
* Rubber bands (on hand from my girls giant rubber band ball)
* Spray paint (on hand but around $6 with Michael’s coupon – I used Rustoleum Metallic Silver – $6)
* Candle (on hand – but you guessed it, Dollar Store – $1)

Cost – $2 (plus cost of spray paint – one can is enough to create dozens of candleholders)

The oh so simple deets:

1) Wrap rubber bands any which way around ugly glass vase.

Great glass crafts - Dollar store vase turned mercury glass candle holder.

2) Apply one coat spray paint,

wait 20 minutes (check your email, thumb through a magazine, sip a cocktail) …

apply second coat of spray paint.

Great glass crafts - Dollar store vase turned mercury glass candle holder.

3) Wait about an hour (wash your hair, write a poem, sip 2 cocktails) then remove rubber bands from vase.

Light a candle, pop open a bottle of bubbly and voila – instant romance!

Great glass crafts - Dollar store vase turned mercury glass candle holder.

My Über talented posse is in on the Cinch action too.

July It's A Cinch.taco-seasoning-4 (2) July It's A cinch Andrea

Eclectically Vintage    July _its-a-cinch-Painting_Project_Thumbnail (2) Kari


Like a fish, I’m attracted to all things shiny

and this candle holder really fits the bill.

Quick and cheap (unlike myself) but very good qualities in a craft!

Great glass crafts - Dollar store vase turned mercury glass candle holder.

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  1. shouldn’t this be reading…It’s a SNAP ; ) get it…rubber bands… lol! this is brilliant but i expect nothing less from your genius mind! oh the possibilities and i don’t even have to go anywhere for anything…it’s all here (ashamed to say how many supplies i have for this project…shutter to think!) many ugly vases thank you for the movement to beautify them…that is what is going to happen internationally after this posts leaks out! KUDOS my Jersey Girl…you rocked another fabulous project! hugs…

  2. HI Kelly, great idea:). I love your blog & your home, it’s beautiful! We are neighbors, we have lots of friends that live in NJ, so many lovely places. My husband works in NY so many times we almost made the move ourselves but… our family is here:). I am putting your blog on my blog list so I can follow. Have a great week, Jen

  3. Wouldn’t these make great gifts around the holidays?? Love!
    xo Heidi

  4. I love this. I’ve written a poem, read 3 magazines, washed my hair twice and sang yankee doodle dandy all while reading this post. 😉

  5. What does it mean that I like this so much….does it mean that I’m cheap and easy :)

    Love this project my dust bunny friend!
    :) me

  6. Another great idea and project…my head is spinning (not the Linda Blair kind of spinning!!)…of what I can do with this terrific idea of yours!….I love this project!!…

  7. Cool!! I kinda like it just with the multi coloured rubber bands all over it! Great idea.

    ps I LIKE those vases… 😛

  8. Okay, I got the cocktail-sipping part down, but now I’m too tipsy to work with glass. :-)

  9. Oh I am so all over this ugly vase turned gorgeous shiny (mmmm … shiny) candle holder. And I just love all the suggestions of what to do as you watch the paint dry … so when will you be debuting that poem?



  10. How do you guys think of this stuff. I’m in awe of how your brain works.


  11. Can this paint work on a shiny brass lamp? I do not want to ruin it if it does not.

  12. I like this. but I never can find a rubber band. Maybe I should have more kids so I will have rubber bands again….or not. Definitely not.

  13. Oh my gosh! I have a ton of plain old boring glass vases. What a great idea, and I’m thinking CHRISTMAS! You’re just so stinkin’ smart!

  14. Cool idea!

    I crown you Queen of easy and creative!

    Hope you have a fabulous week!

  15. Great idea. I too have millions of those cheap glass vases. Love it

  16. Kelly,
    Great project.You took an everyday vase and gave it new life!So pretty.

  17. Damn! I’m so mad I donated all those glass vases to Goodwill! Great idea. I’m going to try it on the one I have left.

  18. That’s pretty Kelly! Thanks for the tutorial. I bet everyone has the goodies on hand to make those. Love cheap and easy 😉

    Happy 4th of July holiday =)

  19. Well that’s fun! I LOVE simple projects…I’m going to have to check out your other blog too :) Laurel

  20. Hi Kelly,

    Super great project! I like easy and quick results. Thanks fro the tutorial.


  21. This is such a clever idea.

    Mrs. Delightful

  22. You covered about everything except which cocktail goes with silver spray paint and cheap vases? I have been painting on glass stuff, too. Have gotten sorta crazy about it. Now that you have posted a project, I don’t feel so insane and just might post something.
    I was trying to think of some eighties song that would fit this, but I’m sure if there was one, you would have made it crawl around in our brains!

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  23. What a terrific and easy project to accomplish, yet it looks so-o expensive!

    Thank you for sharing your creativity at Potpourri Friday!

  24. WOW – now I have to run out and buy some elastics – what a great great idea!!!
    Thanks for sharing

  25. Kelly, Every time I get flowers I get an UGLY vase! I have a shelf of them in the basement. I love how you have transformed yours into really chic decor! I think two of these in a tablescape would be gorgeous!

    Your project would be perfect to share at TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS, my new weekly linky party going on now! Come on over and join in!

  26. Modern and refreshing!!

  27. Pinned and fb’ed!


  28. I have several ugly glass vases and love your idea…
    going to spray paint mine too!
    Thanks for sharing

  29. The. Coolest. Idea. Love it!

  30. Did I thank you for linking this up to the Hot Fun in the summertime party? No? Well thanks!


  31. I’ve seen this technique before but haven’t tried it. Can’t wait to tho! Yours turned out great. Thanks for sharing. Love anything simple and easy! Check out my tutorial on Tinting Mason jars the EASY way with just glue and food coloring.

  32. Love this Kelly!! I have almost all the supplies…scary!!!! fantabulous idea!! Thanks for sharing at Uncommon! featuring this on our FB page today! 😉

  33. Well, hello their nice lady!! Great project, i never thought about wrapping something around the vase before spraying it!!! Looks Great! Thanks for participating in my Linky, unfortunately for me it was a bit of a bust, my fault, it was a bit premature!! The good news, if no one else links up tomorrow you’re a shoe in for the Birdcage!!! LOL I just have to laugh about it, cause it is what it is!!! Thanks for your support, much love, Stacey

  34. CUte! I love the colors and how this turned out! If you get a chance I would love if you stopped by to follow my blog at

  35. So creative. I would have never thought of doing this, but I am impressed by your vision.

  36. WOW! This vase looks so high end- I love it and lucky me have some ugly vases floating around my home that could use some love

  37. Tammy Atkinson says:

    Great idea just wondering if there is any special paint to be used? How do you keep the paint from coming off do you use a sealer?

  38. Right away I am going to do my breakfast, after having my breakfast
    coming over again to read more news.


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