Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom


How to Make (faux) Mercury Glass Vases

My grocery store had the prettiest display of flowers the other day and I just couldn't resist adding a couple of bunches to my already overflowing cart.  (At $4 a bunch, can you blame me?)  I have a ton of glass jars and vases, and was trying to decide which ones to use and the best way to display them.  I remembered I had a can of looking glass spray paint in my craft closet.  (The spray paint was intended for faux mercury glass Christmas ornaments I never got around to making...)

I decided I wanted to use the looking glass paint on a couple of my glass vases (and a pickle jar) to make faux Mercury Glass vases.  I had snapped this picture at a baby shower a while back, so I knew the Mercury Glass would be gorgeous with the pink flowers.

Would you like to try and make some of these vases? (Especially since quite a few of us will be getting the grocery store bouquet special for Mother's Day tomorrow...)

You will love how simple the process is!

Items needed:
  • looking glass paint
  • vinegar in a spray bottle (I added vinegar to an old windex container.)
  • glass vase or jar
  • slightly dampened paper towel

1.  Gather your supplies and cover your work area with a drop cloth (make sure you are in a well ventilated area)

2.  Shake the looking glass paint very well and evenly coat the outside of the jar, one side/section at a time. Working very quickly, before the paint dries, spray the vinegar on the painted jar.  Allow the paint to finish drying and gently blot off the vinegar with the damp paper towel.

3.  Repeat step 2 all around the jar until completely covered.  At this point, you may want a more opaque finish.  It is fine to do another coat.  This is the jar after one coat:

And the jar after another coat:

You can see the difference a little better when I hold them up to the sun.

This project took all of 5 minutes and the vases are just gorgeous!!!

You should definitely give this one a try.

These Faux Mercury Glass Vases are so simple to make! Get the instructions in this simple tutorial from #mercuryglass

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  1. This looks fantastic! I love love love it! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party

  2. This is such a great idea. Such a economical way to achieve great impact. Thank you for sharing.


  3. Very cool, I love this technique and have not seen it before. I'm pinning this post to remember!

    Kristy @ 3 Peppers Recipes - Crafts, Cooking & Color

  4. These are gorgeous! They look great with the fresh flowers in them. I'm here from Catch a Glimpse Thursday.

  5. I really need to try that looking glass paint!

  6. I finally tried this on some jars I had, not perfect but not bad for first try. I'm sure I'll be making some more this summer when I clean out some of my collections of this and that. Your vases looks so pretty, I'll have to try drying the vinegar off, didn't do that first time. I have a glass lamp I want to do it on also. Want to practice on throw away jars first. The flowers look so pretty in your vases. Happy weekend

  7. Love this idea! The vases turned out so pretty! Thanks for sharing.


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