DIY Mercury Glass

I made it and it’s ace. I love it when a Pinterest inspired craft project works out. I magpie towards all things shiny, but mercury glass is a particular variety of shiny that makes my want want want antennae pulse brightly. It calls to me, from Anthropologie, and the glossy home mags, buy me now. 

But if you can DIY it rather than buy it, well, winning. I want it to look great though, less homemade more Heal’s. I was a bit sceptical about this one, but let me tell you, it’s easy and the results are great. 

Stuff you need:

  • Glassware – I bought some glasses from a charity shop as a test case, then graduated to IKEA Sinnlig Candles, £2.50.
  • Mirror spray paint – I used Rust-Oleum Mirror Effect Spray Paint Silver Gloss Finish, £5.
  • Spray bottle with a mist setting.
  • Vinegar.
  • Kitchen towel.

Stuff You Need

You can either spray the insides and let the mercury effect show through the glass, or spray the outside. I’ve tried both, it all looks good, but I think outside is ultimately better. It’s easier, and the only option if your object doesn’t have an inside (e.g. candlesticks, candles) or you want to fill it with water (e.g. vases).

What you do:

  • Make sure glassware is really clean and really dry.
  • In the spray bottle mix one part vinegar with two parts water.
  • Place glassware upside down and spray it with the vinegar solution. You need little beads to form on the glass surface, not run down the sides.
  • Shake the spray paint for one minute, then spray glassware. Keep your distance and do a very light coat.
  • Scrunch kitchen towel into a ball and gently dab the paint, particularly where any pools of liquid have settled.
  • Wait for a minute or two, then repeat until you reach your desired look. You will actually be able to see the paint drying before your eyes. Shake spray between each coat. I did 4-5 coats. 

The finished result is really effective. I put some large tea lights, the IKEA Sinnlig ones, £2.50 for a pack of 12, in my newly mercury glassed charity shop glasses, and the candle light makes the mottled silver glow. 

How great would this be for winter wedding decor, or as DIY Christmas gifts? I fully expect my house to be a mercury glass grotto by December.

Til next time,


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