DIY Mercury Glass Home Decor

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Did you know you could make your own Instant DIY Mercury Glass Home Decor? I found the simplest way to make this gorgeous vintage look. You can get more posts like this one on my Home Decor projects page.

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I bought this cute glass geranium on one of my last thrift store trips. It was pretty old and vintage so I ripped out the old greenery and cleaned it up. Then like a lot of my thrift store finds it just sat around in my to-do pile. That was until the mercury glass trend started showing up in all the stores and getting really popular.  I knew had the perfect glass jar to try making mercury glass with.

The way to get the look of mercury glass is by using a cool spray paint called Looking Glass Paint. It makes a mirror effect on clear glass. For this project, I am going to spray the inside of the glass to get a grey spotted mirror effect. Here’s what to do to get your own instant DIY mercury glass decor.



Mist the inside of the glass vase, the inside of the lid and under the base with a spray bottle of water. Shake off excess water and let it dry a minute or two upside down.

I propped the vase on two spray can lids to drain the inside of the vase with excess water. Spray a light coat of Krylon Looking Glass Paint inside the vase. Let the vase dry upside down for a few minutes.

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Clean off any overspray immediately. Then take a paper towel and wipe away the paint in various areas on the inside of the glass.

Spray black spray paint sporadically inside the vase and over the areas, you rubbed off with the paper towel.  Let it dry for a few minutes, then rub off some more of the paint on the inside of the vase.

Spray the inside with metallic cream colored spray paint sporadically just like with the black paint. I rubbed off any drips with a paper towel.

Make sure you paint the inside of the vase, vase lid and underneath the bottom stem. Do not spray the outside of the vase.

Just keep layering and spraying until you get the look you want. Use short spurts to make the circle spotted patina look. This took no time at all to do and it dried really fast. Love it! It came out awesome, even better than the pictures portray.

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  1. 10.5.12
    Missy said:

    LOVE this! I, too, have seen the tutorials for mercury glass. I’ve got 2 cans of that spray paint I rushed out to buy – a year ago – but haven’t used yet when I think about all the masking off. But I’m thinking your way sounds easier and more fun! Thanks for sharing!

  2. 6.2.12
    Dani said:

    I love it! Thank you for sharing! I can’t wait to try it!

  3. 4.8.12
    Maysem said:

    It turned out awesome! Love it!!

  4. 3.12.12
    Stacey said:

    Hi Kim!
    Love this – so glad you came by to link up! PLease come back again this week – I would love to have you!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  5. 3.12.12

    Great mercury glass! The best homemade I’ve seen. Love the tutorial too. I featured it today on Mod Mix Monday!

  6. 3.9.12

    Hi Kim! Thanks so much for sharing how to “make” mercury glass on our own. Yours looks just fantastic. I saw your post via it being featured as one of the best posts from “Masterpiece Monday” link party…congrats!

  7. 3.9.12

    Love it – I’m going to have to try this on some old apothecary jars. Thanks for linking up!

  8. 3.9.12

    I just saw your link on Mom4Real’s link party and I’m so glad I did!! This is fantastic!! It looks amazing!! I’m like you….I don’t want to fuss with taping I just wanna get to the fun stuff!!! :) The shape of it is fabulous, too!! I’m definitely pinning this one to try very soon!!

  9. 3.8.12
    Kate said:

    Well, it turned out so great! The pictures look so nice- and it looks like real Mercury glass : )

  10. 3.8.12
    Rachel said:

    So pretty!!! I need to try this sometime. Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.

  11. 3.7.12
    Mindie said:

    Beautiful. Hope to see you again this Friday at Bacon Time.

  12. 3.7.12

    It’s beautiful! Love it!

  13. 3.6.12
    claire said:

    Looks great,thanks for joining us at Creative Mondays :)

  14. 3.5.12

    I have to get a can of this mercury glass paint and try it out. I’ve seen so many great projects turning glass into mercury glass, including yours. Love the shape of the dish that you used – and the little moss bird is cute :-)

  15. 3.5.12

    This looks great! Something like this would go well with our master bedroom decor. Thanks for sharing at Fabulous Friday!

  16. 3.5.12
    Mindi said:

    I love it. Thanks for the simple tutorial. Pinning it!:)

  17. 3.5.12

    What a great result! You wrote a really good tutorial too, thanks! Cheers, Andrea

  18. 3.4.12
    Mimi said:

    Seen this project for mercury painting around blog land a lot too, but like yours the best. Like the dish you used and the finished patina as well. Can’t wait to try it. Would be great for displays in my flower shop.

  19. 3.2.12

    Wow! Love it. I like how you layered it with the black and cream metallic paints. I’m totally going to try this as I have a similar apothecary jar! Pinned it. :)

  20. 3.2.12

    looks like the real stuff to me!

  21. 3.2.12

    This looks STUNNING! Can’t wait to try it myself!

  22. 3.2.12
    Jenny said:

    You are so clever! This looks gorgeous! I’m jealous because my Michaels doesn’t ever have this spray paint and everyone is using it to make such pretty things! I’m so glad you linked it up this week!

  23. 3.2.12
    Meegan said:

    Oh my goodness! This looks better than any others I have seen! LOVE it! Thanks for sharing!

  24. 3.2.12
    Lauryn said:

    this is so cool! i would love for you to add this to my new link party… spreading the love. please go check it out if you are interested! there’s a great scarf giveaway going on there as well!

  25. 3.2.12
    Christine said:


    Thanks for linking up at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality Party!!

  26. 3.2.12

    What a super neat trick! Love the finished look. Thanks for linking upat Finished it Friday. Have a fabulous weekend!

  27. 3.2.12

    Wow, what a great tip on doing this! This project would be perfect for our linky party featuring “Transformations” called

  28. 3.2.12
    Shannon said:

    Love the mercury glass. Totally gonna do that for some old pieces I have.
    I’m a new blogger stopping by from the blog hop. Id be honored if you would follow me and give feedback when I post. Thank you!

  29. 3.1.12

    Turned out lovely. FABULOUS JOB! Thanks for linking up this week :)

  30. 3.1.12

    ack, that looks so stinking good!!

  31. 3.1.12
    Jenny said:

    You MADE that? It looks awesome. I might have to try this…

  32. 3.1.12
    Stephanie said:

    You did a great job. I’m going to try this soon. It took me weeks to find that Looking glass spray paint but I have it now!

  33. 3.1.12
    Elyse said:

    Looks like I have a new project for this weekend! Thanks for sharing.

    -Found you at Shabby Creek Cottage link party.

    I’m very new to the blog world! ….

  34. 2.29.12

    I’ve seen Mercury glass how-to’s and even bought the mirror paint online (Amanzon had the cheapest price), but I had not seen it done with the black and shiny cream paint as well. REALLY like this look the best, and saves on the expensive mirror paint as well. Thanks for sharing and I’m going to try your recipe. :)

  35. 2.29.12
    Mrs. Delightful said:

    Great idea! would love for you to link up at my Linky Party via:
    PS: I am your newest Linky Follower!

  36. 2.29.12
    Dear Helen Hartman said:

    Very cool. I would never have thought to try to do faux Mercury glass. Thanks for the inspiration.

  37. 2.29.12
    Tricia said:

    This looks great, I will try this and let you know how it turns out. Come and visit me at

  38. 2.28.12
    Melissa said:

    Wow- looks great! It looks identical to ones that you would spend a ton of money on in the retail stores. Would love for you to link it up:

  39. 2.28.12
    maks said:

    This really looks amazing. The best I’ve seen so far – maks :-)

  40. 2.28.12

    It looks fabulous! Might have to give it a try one day.

    Visiting from Not Just a Housewife!

  41. 2.28.12

    Looks great! Who knew they made looking glass paint?? I would love it if you would come link up with Busy Monday (open Monday through Thursdays) at A Pinch of Joy, a linky party for ideas that make life better, easier and more fun!

  42. 2.28.12

    wow this is super duper awesome …. quite magical .. thanks for sharing x

  43. 2.27.12
    Nikki said:

    Stopping by and following via the Linky Followers Blog Hop at Its So Very Cheri!!! Be great to have you follow back. Have a great day!! :)

  44. 2.27.12

    That looks gorgeous and so fun – I really want to make some fun mercury glass at some point in my life! I found your blog through Cheri’s linky blog hop and now I’m your newest follower! : )


  45. 2.27.12
    geraly said:

    that’s really lovely! and it looks so easy i may even try it! :) visiting via a link on the sunday social at kurtz corner. :)