I am so excited to share this fun upcycle idea using mason jars, pickle jars, and/or all those floral vases stored under the sink. You know what I am talking about, right? Those “just in case” jars or vases. Well, haul them out from the cabinets or from under the sink for this quick tutorial on how to create mercury glass decor.

You are going to love this one hour upcycle project!


It is such a fun and easy project! Grab the kids or the grans for this fun craft. Supervision is a must if you are doing this with kids. Teenagers may love the chance to create sparkly decor vases.

Here is a peek at just one of the floral vases I used to create mercury glass accessories. It is a bit addictive.

You will want to create more when you see the effects when the mirror glass magic takes hold. 

how to create mercury glass accessories

The first thing to note is the contrast between the two vases above. That’s the fun/frustration part of this project.

No two jars or vases yield the same results. I’m not sure what was different about the glass jar on the left, but the supply list is below. 


The Supply List: I have a cute pin graphic for easy reference.

However, I forgot to mention a spray bottle and a roll of paper towels or rags. 

supplies to create mercury glass


  • Start with clean jars. I wiped my glass vases & jars with rubbing alcohol.
  • Add equal parts vinegar and water to a spray bottle. I keep a stash of recycled spray bottles.
  • Spritz the vinegar/water mixture around the vase. Do not wipe off.
  • Immediately follow with the Krylon Looking Glass . I found it online, Michaels or Home Depot.
  • Spray around the vases multiple times.
  • Dab around the vase with a soft rag to blot the drips.
  • Let dry. Repeate this process 1-2 more times until you achieve the look you want.  

I took this photo in the garage, but I sprayed the vases outside. 

There is a noticeable difference between the two vases. I ran low on the Krylon spray which explained the smoother finish on the shorter vase. My plan is to repeat the process to see what happens to the finish.

I love the finished look and I can’t wait to do it again! I would love it if you pinned it to your Pinterest boards!

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how to create mercury glass decor

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  1. Marty Oravetz says:

    Yours look gorgeous.

  2. I’ve seen this technique and have always wanted to give it a try. Your vases turned out really pretty, especially the one with the spotting. I may have to finally take the jump and try creating some of these mercury vases.

  3. What a great project! Thanks so much for stopping by!! That Tornado was too close for comfort!

  4. I love these Laura and can’t wait to try it! I have tons of old jars and vases that need a new look! Thanks for another great post!

  5. Jann Olson says:

    You did an amazing job! My friend did this a couple years ago and I couldn’t believe how real it looks! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  6. Laura, great project. I did this with some plain glass years ago for 2 mirrors. Thanks for reminding me of this wonderful technique. Thanks for sharing at Happiness is Homemade.

    1. thanks Carol!I think I saw you in some Haven pics! Hope to go next year! laura

  7. I’m headed to home depot today and am planning on getting some of this spray paint to try. Thanks for the easy tutorial! Hope you’re having a great weekend Laura!

  8. So clever, Laura. Thanks for sharing!

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