Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Faux Milk Glass Hobnail Votive

Everyone is painting the inside of glass bottles.  DIY tutorials abound!  This is my little version.

I love hobnail milk glass.  It's loverly.  It's delicate.  It reminds me of Grandma.  It's perfect for bridal parties, high tea and all things girly and frou frou-y.  It's also pricey.  Unless you fake it.

  1. Hobnail glass votive candle holder (Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Dollar Store, thrift store)
  2. Acrylic or enamel paint in a pale color.  (My votives will hold tissue paper flowers and don't need water.  So acrylic paint is just fine.  Plus, I plan to reuse them, so the paint needs to be removable.)
  3. Paint brush and plastic plate

    1. Wash the inside of votive and make sure there's no wax inside (especially along the sides). I suggest wiping it down with rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover. Let dry.
    2. Use a paint brush to paint the inside of the glass. Air dry completely before applying a second coat. You can also pour the paint into the glass and swirl it around to cover the inside, but I found that method wasted too much paint.
    3. After a couple coats, you should be done. Voila!
    Now, drop a silk flower in your new (faux) milk glass and show off your heirloom treasure!

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