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 accessories. It is such a fun and easy project! Here is a peek at just one of the floral vases I used to create mercury glass accessories.
Creating mercury glass accessories is addictive. My suggestion? Buy two cans of Krylon mirror glass effect and pull out extra jars from the cabinets. You will want to create more when you see the effects when the mirror glass magic takes hold.
The first thing to note is the contrast between the two vases above. That’s the fun (“fun-strating”) 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.
How to Make Mercury Glass Accessories
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.
Step 1. Start with clean jars. I wiped my vases and jars with a dish towel dipped in rubbing alcohol.
Step 2. Add equal parts vinegar and water to a spray bottle. I keep a stash of recycled spray bottles just in case.
Step 3. Spritz the vinegar/water mixture around the vase.
Step 4. Immediately follow with the Krylon Looking Glass . You can find this online or at Michaels or Home Depot. I went around the vases multiple times. Follow this up with a paper towel or soft rag (rolled up) and dab around the vase.
Step 5. Let dry. Repeate this process 1-2 more times until you achieve the effect you want for a mercury glass finish.
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!