How To Make Inexpensive Mercury Glass At Home With Old Vases And Glassware

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Over the years, one undoubtedly accumulates various vases and glass pieces. If you’re like me, they make their way into a cabinet or closet, where they sit and collect dust.

I personally like to keep vases of various sizes for different floral or holiday arrangements, but with mercury glass being the “in” design trend, I wanted to come up with a way to really put all that glassware to use.

I found this idea on 17 Apart and decided to try it myself. Aside from needing a space to spray the glass-looking spray (and some rubber gloves to keep the stuff off my fingers), it was relatively simple.

If you like the look of mercury glass and want to transform a few pieces in your home, you should definitely try this. If you don’t want to take the plunge on some of your favorite pieces at home, consider going to a local Goodwill or thrift store and pick up some glassware there. I found pieces for as little as $0.50. This is also a great (and inexpensive way) to add custom center pieces for a wedding or fundraiser event.

Materials Needed

  • Various glass containers
  • Spray bottle
  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • Krylon looking glass spray
  • Paper towels
  • Newspaper or other protective covering
  • Rubber gloves

Craft Instructions

  • Clean and dry all glass pieces you’re going to spray.
  • Mix one part water, one part vinegar into spray bottle. Adjust nozzle so it’s on a fine mist setting.
  • Gently spray the outside of jar with spray bottle mixture (you should create small droplets that bead up, but don’t run).
  • Immediately spray a gentle, even layer of the metallic spray.
  • Allow this to dry for 1 minute.
  • Add another fine mist of water/vinegar spray over entire glassware.
  • Allow to dry for another 2 minutes.
  • Gently blot jar with paper towel to lift off water/vinegar & reveal the antiqued look. Don’t rub or it’ll streak!
  • Repeat above steps to create a layered, antiqued look.
  • Let completely dry for 2-3 hours, then add any adornments or flowers!