Mercury Glass Look-Alike
Don't have the budget for a real mercury glass vase? Fake the look with spray paint and this easy technique.
For an artistic accent in your home, try this. This project idea imitates the look of mercury glass which is highly collectible, but can sometimes be a little expensive. You're going to achieve the same look with a clear glass vase from the craft store and spray paint. We're gonna make this look a little more interesting there by adding some decals to it. You start with a piece of plain contact paper just like clear kind from the drugstore, cut out some basic shapes that you love. Start with circles or squares, something easy. Peel them off and place them in the vase wherever you like. Make sure to press them around the edges nice and firmly so the paint doesn't sip underneath. Contact paper is great to use for this project because it's soft and pliable and plastic, and easy to peel off when you're done spraying. Now, you can use whatever color you want, if you want silver to imitate mercury glass that's great. We are also gonna try this one in bronze to give a little different look. Hold your spray paint out to the side a little bit and just get the feel for how it's going to spray. If you're a little uncomfortable with this, you can press it first in a glass jar may be from spaghetti sauce or something in the kitchen. Put a nice even coat inside. Let the paint dry thoroughly and then peel your circles off. This is not the kind of project where you're gonna want to put water and fresh flowers inside, but it's great for dried flowers and ornamentals like curly willow. It's also a great idea for votive candles. You can put it in a bottom and then watch it glow through the open circle.