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Spray-Painted Glass Candleholders

When having guests for dinner, the last thing you want to do after spending so much time and energy cooking is worry about making a tablescape. In fact, you can create gorgeous, colorful accessories in under fifteen minutes with items you already have on hand.

spray painted frosted candle centerpiece

Photography: Rachel Mae Smith

Source: Martha Stewart


Excerpted from Hello Color: 25 Bright Ideas for DIY Décor by Rachel Mae Smith. Reprinted with permission from Quirk Books. "If you'd like to bring in additional colors, paint your glass votives in a contrasting hue while the tray is drying," she says. "I went for a subtle look and only sprayed the bottom half of each votive." To preserve color vibrancy, spot-clean by hand.


  • Tray or charger plate that fits your table

  • Cardboard or drop cloth

  • Spray paint in 2 or 3 colors

  • Glass votive candle holders in varying sizes (enough to fill your tray or plate)

  • Candles, flowers, and loose greenery


  1. Lay the clean and dry tray or plate on cardboard or a drop cloth in an outdoor location (or your garage). Spray-paint the top surface entirely. Let dry, then repeat on the back.

  2. Place the votive on cardboard or a drop cloth and spray-paint around the vase, partly painting the drop cloth so that the paint speckles up the side. Let dry. 

    spray painted frosted candle centerpiece
  3. Once everything is dry, arrange the votives on the tray, fill with candles, and surround with flowers. You can also add loose greenery to fill any open spots. Just keep the candles in mind and avoid placing anything too close to the flames.

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