Mercury Ornaments

I love the look of mercury glass year round, but it’s especially great during Christmastime.  Last year I made some NOEL mercury glass candle holders, which are currently sitting out on our bar, but after an unsuccessful ornament shopping trip at Hobby Lobby, the candle holders got me thinking…. Could I make glass ornaments with a mercury glass finish for our tree?  The answer is yes.

Mercury Glass Ornaments

What you’ll need:

  • Clear, glass ornaments
  • ‘Looking Glass’ spray paint
  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Spray bottle
  • Paper towels
  • Gloves


Start by cleaning off the ornaments – they should be clean and dry because the mixture doesn’t work well on soiled surfaces.  Mix up 1/4 C vinegar and 1/4 C water in you spray bottle, and get your crafting area prepped for spray painting.

Lightly spray a glass ornament with the vinegar / water mixture.  Emphasis on the light spray, because you don’t want beads dripping down the side.  After the ornament has been sprayed, immediately spray a thin layer of Looking Glass spray paint on the ornament and let it dry for a minute.  After 60 seconds, dab the outside with a paper towel to give it the distressed look and remove some of the excess paint.  Wait another minute before repeating to allow it to dry some more.

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Applying the mercury glass finish was much easier on flat surfaces than the round ornaments, and I found myself dabbing the glass with the paper towel more to stop any drips.  Also, since you’re holding the ornament while doing this, I learned the hard way to wear gloves to protect your hands.  Luckily the Looking Glass spray washed off pretty easily..


Repeat as many times as it takes to get the color you want.  I did 4 coats on mine before letting them dry for a few hours in the garage.  The process can get kinda hectic, so I recommend doing one ornament at a time.  I also accidentally dropped and broke one of the ornaments, so only ended up with 11 instead of 12.

Let them dry for a few hours to make sure they’re completely dry.  When they’re dry, they are ready to be hung on the tree!
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I think these are way better than the generic, out of the box ornaments.  I really like seeing the mercury glass finish on the tree, and how they look when the light hits them.  I’m calling this project a success!