Guys I am so excited to share with you that this week I am joining up with Simply Kelly Designs, Two Purple Couches, The House Down the Lane and Where the Smiles Have Been to throw and entire weeklong Holiday Craft Party! You may remember from last year the Holiday Craft Party that Kelly and I threw. We thought it would be even better if we got a few of our favorite bloggers involved. So before I get to How to Make Mercury Glass Ornaments. Let me tell you more about this week. Make sure you stay to the end of this post a.) to see what the other party goers created and b.) to enter to win a $50 Michaels gift card or $50 to Minted!
So let's dive into this. I LOVE mercury glass. Ask me 8 years ago what mercury glass was I bet I couldn't tell you. So where did this love start? I worked for Restoration Hardware for a few years in college (man I wish I had that discount now). One Christmas with RH they had these stunning mercury glass ornaments. I was in love. Since then I try to pick up a piece here and there to add to my home decor but it can get expensive. So I started out on a quest to learn how to make mercury glass so I could add ornaments to my tree that were within my budget.
Take the top off the ornament before spray painting. Now I did this on my back deck and set down a cardboard box so I would not make a mess of my table.
Not pictured here but start out by spray painting the inside or your ornament. Place the nozzle right to the opening and spray into the ornament. Now start to swoosh the paint around inside until the inside of your ornament is covered. You may have to spray a few times into the glass. Once you have sprayed the inside of the ornament it's time to spray the outside. Lightly spray the ornament with the can about 6-10 inches away from the ornament. Now you don't have to saturate it.
In your spray bottle you should have a 50% vinegar 50% water solution. Now I only let the spray paint dry about 25-30 seconds before I started to spray the ornament with the vinegar water.
Spray your ornament. You want to see the water beading on your ornament. Let this sit for a minute or two.
After a few minutes use a paper towel to rub the water/vinegar off the glass. Keep buffing this will distress the ornament letting the inside layer shine through. Beware not to buff to hard I may have broke an ornament or two before I found the right pressure.
I love this! Mercury glass can be expensive. I can't wait to fill my tree with these and it won't even affect my budget!
Now here's the moment we have all been waiting for. What are the other party goers up to today? What type of ornaments did they make?! Make sure to check them all out.
We are excited to give away some awesome prizes this week to 3 lucky winners. There are 3 prize two $50 gift certificates to Michaels and one $50 gift certificate to Minted. Three prizes three winners. Shout out to Minted.com for providing us with a $50 gift certificate to use towards holiday cards!