Blown Glass Pumpkin Mercury Makeover

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Blown Glass Makeover using Looking Glass Paint madeinaday.com

Yay! It’s time for a new Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge! This time I am getting my Fall Home Decor out! I found this blown glass pumpkin at my favorite thrift store. My first thought was that it would look so much better painted silver or the ever popular mercury glass look.

I have seen these blown glass pumpkins for years in thrift stores. I did a little research on them and found that these beauties can be very pricey. They run from around $40 to over $100 bucks! Even Pottery Barn is featuring blown glass this year. I think I got a steal, I paid $4!

An easy way to upcycle glass into gorgeous mercury glass is by using Looking Glass Paint, but today’s project is a bit different. My pumpkin is solid glass. Which brings me to figure out…

Can you use Looking Glass Paint on the outside of glass instead of the inside and get the same effect?

The directions on the Looking Glass Paint can say’s to paint the inside of the glass item, which will make the outside of the glass have a mirror effect. The pumpkin in this post is solid glass and was not sure how it would turn out if I could not spray the inside. The answer to this dilemma is YES!! To my surprise, it came out even better than I had hoped. Let’s get started!

Blown Glass Pumpkin Mercury Makeover



blown glass Pumpkin makeover with looking glass paint

Clean off any dust or debris from the glass before spraying the paint.

DIY Metallic Painted Pumpkin Mercury Glass Paint

Start spraying the paint in short bursts over the entire pumpkin. Let it dry for 10 minutes and spray it all over again. Wait 10 minutes.

Here is where you can stop if you want an even silver color on your item. Keep reading for a more vintage look. 

Mercury Glass with Looking Glass Paint

Fill the spray bottle with water and lightly mist the pumpkin. The paint will start bubble up. Using a paper towel lightly blot the bubbles with the paper towel. This will make it look old and tarnished.

Spray the pumpkin again to fill the spots you blotted. Repeat the blotting and spraying the paint until you get the desired effect you want. For me, less was better. The paint will stay wet on the glass for awhile. Do not touch the paint it will come off on your fingers. Let the pumpkin dry overnight.

Display your glimmering pumpkin and that ‘s it! I will totally be on the hunt for more of these glass gourds!

DIY Metallic Pumpkin with Spray Paint madeinaday.com

Check out my other great tutorial for how I changed a cute glass vase into a DIY Mercury Glass treasure.


Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge


I’ve paired up with a group of talented ladies to bring you a monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge. Each month we will create a new home decor piece from an item(s) we’ve found at a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc. There is no budget or specific theme so we are free to let our creativity run wild!

Thrift Store DecorUpcycle Challenge


Amanda | Domestically Creative     Chelc | Inside the Fox Den     Erlene | My Pinterventures

Kim | Made in a Day     Sara | Twelve on Main     Debra | Shoppe No. 5

Shirley | Intelligent Domestications     Marie | DIY Adulation     Lindsay | Crazy Organized

Michelle | Our Crafty Mom     Julie | Live From Julie’s House     Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek

Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles     Pili | Sweet Things     Sherry | Savvy Apron

Ann | Duct Tape and Denim     Dru | Polka Dot Poplars

Megan | C’mon Get Crafty     Jennifer | Hydrangea Hippo

You can also follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration!

Be sure to check out all of the other creative upcycle projects my fellow bloggers have come up with!


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Copper Pumpkins


  1. These look like those expensive pumpkins from the home decor stores. Lovely makeover and can’t wait to see the rest of your fall decor crafts.

  2. I love this! Looks easy to do, but gorgeous to display. Pinned!

  3. Book Lover says:

    the spray makes it look very elegant, perfect for the decoration of the room <3

    1. I think so too. Thanks so much for stopping in!

  4. I have seen those glass pumpkiins at the thrift store too. You have a keen eye! Very nice change, love the mercury glass look!

  5. This is such a great transformation!! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful project!
    Thanks too for taking the time to stop by!

  6. Love love love this idea! You’re also wayyyyyyy ahead of me on Halloween decor!

  7. I love the idea of spray painting the pumpkin to look like mercury glass. It looks so upscale, great look.

  8. This mercury glass effect is gorgeous! I am on the lookout as I decorate in non traditional colors for Fall as well. This really updates it. I love the copper ones too!

  9. I’ve seen those glass pumpkins around too! Never thought about painting them. I’m not a traditional orange and red Fall color gal, so I love the mercury glass look on it.

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