Today is my first day to share in our A Homemade Christmas series. I been loving it so far. Make sure you head over and check out Christa’s pinecone cluster and Heather’s poinsettia pillow. They are both on my list to do now too.
I don’t know about you but I LOVE mercury glass. It just calls my name when I see it in stores. I don’t know that I have ever seen a piece that I didn’t want to take home, but unfortunately my budget has allowed very few pieces to come home with me.
Like these Mercury Glass Ornaments from Pottery Barn – $29.50 for a set of six.
As much as I love them, $29 is more than my entire Christmas decorating budget so that is not going to happen. Since I knew even last Christmas that I wanted to do a different theme/color in my Christmas décor this year, I have been looking at yard sales and clearance sales all year. I was excited when I found several boxes of glass ornaments for $1 a box at a yard sale.
The key to making DIY mercury glass is one certain paint – Krylon Looking Glass Mirror-Like spray paint. I had a hard time finding it – Wal-mart, Home Depot, Lowe’s don’t carry it. And I couldn’t find it at Michael’s either. I FINALLY found it at Hobby Lobby! But make sure to bring/use a 40% coupon because it is expensive! You can also buy it on Amazon. (Affiliate link – if you buy anything through it, you help support my spray paint habit. )
I also used some metallic gold craft paint, a spray bottle filled with water, a hairdryer and some q-tips (not pictured).
I read many tutorials that I found on Pinterest on how to do it. They varied a little, but basically had the same basic instructions.
1. Spray the INSIDE of the ornament with the Krylon Looking Glass spray paint. Some tutorials said to spray the inside first with water, but I found that didn’t work as well. The way this paint works is the reflective or mirror finish is actually on the opposite side of the paint after it is sprayed. So you want that to show through the glass.
2. Swirl the paint around in the ornament. But this paint is thin and runny and will just pool down in the bottom. At this point you will be thinking that I am crazy and this will never work. I promise it will – just bear with me a minute.
3. What worked best for me was to grab my hairdryer and while I was swirling the ornament around in my hand I was blow drying inside the ornament. I just did this for 10-20 seconds until the paint was ALMOST, but not completely dry.
4. Then I misted the inside of the ornament with water and shook it around a little. You want BIG drops, not little drops.
5. You can also rub the inside of the ornament with a q-tip to rub off some of the paint if you want. I did that with some when I couldn’t get big drops.
As the paint dries you will see it become reflective. And you will have the perfect mercury glass finish!
In one of the tutorials I read it recommended doing the gold paint as well and I do think that adds a little bit of antiquing to the finish. I dropped one drop of gold paint in the ornament and then misted again with water and swirled around drying with my hair dryer until it was dry.
And I painted the the metal tops. Mine were bright silver, but most vintage mercury glass ornaments have dark tops. So I sprayed mine with a light coat of Krylon Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint to give them more of an antique finish.
I love them!
And they were pretty simple to create! I did 12 in about in a hour.
You’ll have to wait until I reveal my tree to see them all in place on my tree. I am still working on finishing touches on the Christmas decorating in the house – how about you? All of your decorating done, haven’t even started, or just about done?
And here’s the rest of the projects in our A Homemade Christmas series:
Laine at It’s Just Laine will be sharing her post tomorrow and I am sure you won’t want to miss it.