Striped Frosted Glass Candle Holder {DIY Tutorial}

Today, I am going to show off a wonderful product that Krylon offers to create your own frosted glass. I’ve had this spray for quite awhile, and I was actually kind of stumped on what to use it on. Yesterday, I was crafting in my dining room/office space, and I happened to glance over at my new curtains (yes, I finally found some!), and it hit me…I need something striped! Stripes are truly all the rage right now in blogland. People are making striped curtains and painting striped walls. Stripes are in. Big time.


See that pretty striped candle holder resting on a simple mirror? I’m going to teach you how to make one. It takes less than 30 minutes, and you probably have most of the supplies on hand.


Supplies: -Vase or candle holder (cylindrical shaped containers work best and it should be glass.)

-Painters tape or masking tape as wide as you want your stripes to be (I used 1” painters tape).

-Krylon’s frosted glass spray (I used the pearl gray finish for this project) {Alternatively, you could cut contact paper strips and use that instead of the spray for a temporary look. }


I took my garage sale vase (which was actually free since my pal Mandi just gave it to me- score!) and I thoroughly cleaned/dried it. Then I used a ruler to help measure my 1” sections for my stripes:


The bottom of my container is curved, so I made sure to really smoosh the tape on there so it’d be completely covered. Before spraying the glass, make sure your tape is super smooth and that no air/bubbles/gaps are present that could ruin your finish. I then took the glass outside and did 1 coat of the frosted glass spray, waited 15 minutes and did another light coat. I let it dry for an hour, and then I brought it back inside.


I started removing the tape from the bottom, and if all worked well, you’ll see a very distinct difference between the glass/frosted glass:


Peel off all the tape and you’ll have your striped glass candle holder/vase:


I absolutely adore candles in my house, so I decided to use this as a vessel for a floating candle.


Pair it with some simple home accessories, and you have yourself a lovely display perfect for décor year round.


(the other candle holder is actually a Bath & Body Works candle + 1 of their new sleeves)


I absolutely love the way the stripes look- very simple, yet beautiful.


And the stripes work well with the curtains from World Market (I finally caved and bought the darn things):


Sigh. I love me some simple striped décor. Swoon.


This is such an easy DIY project with many uses: weddings, soirees, showers or home décor. Put a flower under the floating candle, and you have yourself a simple, stunning addition to any tablescape. I plan on gathering up some other glass containers and making some more in a variety of heights/widths to create a monochromatic display for my mantle. The spray from Krylon provides a ton of coverage using very little product, so don’t be too heavy handed with it. I would guess that I could probably make 6-8 vases with 1 bottle before running out.

Tomorrow I’ll be back with how to make DIY mercury glass. Actually, it’ll be 2 ways- a super easy, but kinda pricey way and a cheap way that delivers a pretty realistic look for 1/4 of the price. As usual, I’ll be using Krylon products. Speaking of which, will you take 5 seconds to vote for me in the Krylon Duel? Click here, click vote and you’re done!

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Would you make something like this? Where would you use it?

Disclosure: I was provided with the Krylon product used in this review for free. My ideas, tutorials, photos are all my own as are my opinions on this product.



  1. Julie
    September 12, 2011 / 1:57 pm

    I LOVE this look and I had no idea this product existed! Thank you, thank you…I've done other 45 step projects to get the same effect. Gorgeous!

  2. christa
    September 12, 2011 / 2:39 pm

    I didn't know that spray paint existed! I was just thinking about trying the frosting paste that actually eats away at the glass, but I like this idea much better. Thanks for sharing!

  3. TheNextMartha
    September 12, 2011 / 3:24 pm


  4. cols
    September 12, 2011 / 8:22 pm

    Oh this looks awesome! I can't wait to do some thrifting (or look in my cabinets!) for some glasswear to "stripe". Looks great, thanks for [email protected]

  5. Andrea
    September 12, 2011 / 10:27 pm

    What a really great and simple project!! I love the look of this. So elegant.

  6. Megan
    September 12, 2011 / 10:40 pm

    I've done the etching thing in a class in high school, but even though I loved the look, didnt want to go through the trouble. I am going to be in trouble with this stuff though!

  7. Kassi @ Truly Lovely
    September 12, 2011 / 10:50 pm

    That would've come in handy for my glass etching mishap this last weekend! haha! Thanks for the tute!