Mercury glass is one of my favorite items to put out during Christmas time. I just love the look of it mixed in with the winter pines. I came up with my version of mercury glass ornaments one of the first Christmases that we were married. I didn’t have a big budget for buying Christmas decorations so buying mercury glass ornaments at $4-$5 each was not going to work for me. I had tried the water and vinegar with spray paint method and didn’t love the look of it. I figured out a different method that was much faster and more of a look that I was looking for.
DIY Mercury Glass Ornaments
Here is what you will need:
- Silver Color Christmas Balls Ornaments – Any size will do for this tutorial I used 1.5 inch bulbs
- Black Acrylic Paint – I used Deco Art Americana acrylic paint in Lamp (Ebony) Black
- Sponge Dabber
Take the sponge and dab it in the paint and then dab it a few times onto a paper towel. You want the sponge to be dry. Very similar to the dry brushing technique. Then you are going to dab the sponge all over your ornament.
I like the feel of the glass ornaments over the shatterproof plastic ornaments, they feel more like the real deal to me. The glass ornaments are of course more easy to break and I have lost 4 of my DIY mercury glass ornaments already from toddler mishaps. You can use the shatterproof ornaments for your project if you are worried about them breaking the technique would still be the same. Although my children have figured out how to break the shatterproof ornaments as well, so who knows. Go with what you like.
My friend Lauren from Gather and Flourish shared her great idea of spray painting the tops of her ornaments to look more authentic in her Cheap and Easy Mercury Glass Ornaments post. I did not have any spray paint on hand. GASP! I know! Its like a crafting sin. I have spray paint just not the right colors. My solution, I just took a flat paint brush and covered the tops with the same black acrylic paint.
The paint dries so quickly that the ornament is almost completely dry by the time that you finish dabbing.
I strung these small ornaments on some twine to make a garland. I just slid the ornament on the twine and then tied it in place so that the ornament’s didn’t slide around.
I hung them across my chalkboard that hangs in my mini hallway off of my kitchen. You can check out my original mercury glass ornaments in my post Simple Christmas Bedroom.
Do you decorate with mercury glass during the holidays?
Have you ever tried making your own mercury glass ornaments before?
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