How to make faux Mercury Glass vases for your Spring flower displays!
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. What’s new, lol.)
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 a picture at a baby shower a while back of a pretty mercury glass display, 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!
- looking glass paint
- vinegar in a spray bottle (I added vinegar to an old windex container.)
- glass vase or jar
- slightly dampened paper towel
Instructions to make faux Mercury Glass Vases:
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!
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Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.