My Faux Mercury Glass Vases are the perfect DIY for gifts, or for your home.
The leaves have fallen, and it’s chilly outside! Time to get cozy inside with some more DIY projects. Today I’m sharing how you can create some very pretty faux mercury glassware! All those pretty/aged candles and vases you find in the shops for $30+ can now be made for a few bucks. That’s a win! There are many tutorials for faux mercury glassware, but I have yet to see any DIY’s using a vase. The typical mercury glassware DIY sprays paint on the INSIDE of the glass, but I needed my vases to hold flowers. So I did some experimenting. Instead of spraying the paint inside the glassware, I sprayed it on the OUTSIDE. Check out below to see how I made my Faux Mercury Glass Vases.
- Glassware: an old glass vase, jar, or even an old glass container. If you can’t find anything, head to your local thrift store.
- Krylon Looking Glass Mirror Spray Paint
- Spray bottle
- White Vinegar and water mixture (1/2 water + 1/2 vinegar)
- Paper towels
- Drop cloth/paper
- Respirator mask (safety first!)
- Gloves (messy)
- Optional: goggles
- Clean and dry the glassware.
- Fill a spray bottle with 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 water. Set the nozzle to the lightest mist setting possible.
- Lay down your drop cloth and place the glassware.
- With paper towels on hand, spray a layer of the mirrored paint on the outside of a glass. Follow this with a light spritz of the vinegar + water mixture. Let that sit for 2 – 4 minutes.
- When your wait time is up, dab the vinegar + water mixture off of the glass. Do NOT rub. That will smudge the paint. Just a light dab will do.
- Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you’re happy with how the glass looks. I added about 4 layers of mirror glass to each piece (each layer was followed by a spritz of vinegar + water and then dabs).
- Let the paint dry for 24 hours.
- Add a beautiful bouquet of flowers to your vase! Or, use those beauties as a candle holder.
If you make this DIY I’d love to see it. You can tag me on Instagram @thepapermama!
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