Mercury glass ornaments have become more and more popular each year. I love that no one ornament is identical to the next, but the price..... Yikes. I could not see spending between $15-$45 for ONE ornament. So instead, I found a cheaper alternative!
For this project, you will need:
Any type of spray bottle
Glass Looking Spray paint (I used this one)
Your choice of spray paint colors ( I used Rustoleum metallic colors)
I also used my Rustoleum Comfort Grip Handle (You don't need this, I just find it keeps spray paint off my fingers!)
Remove silver plastic tops of ornaments and set aside. Place the nozzle of the Looking Glass spray into the opening of the ornament. You will spray 3 short burst of paint inside the ornament, then immediately start rotating in a circular motion to spread the paint all around the inside. Place a paper towel or cloth over the opening of the ornament and shake it to remove any excess paint. Using a blow dryer on medium heat, blow air into the ornament for about 10 seconds. Repeat this step 2-3 times.
This is after repeating step 1 twice.
Fill a small spray bottle with white vinegar. Set the nozzle to mist or a light spray if it has one. Spray this into the ornament 3 times, then gently shake the ornament around to distribute the vinegar droplets as best you can. Place the paper towel or cloth over the opening and shake out any excess vinegar. Using the blow dryer again, blow medium heat air into the ornament for about 10 seconds. (The ornament will still have droplets showing)
This is where you can add your metallic color of choice. I used Champagne Bronze, Dark Copper, & Charcoal and did a few of each color.
Spray 3 short bursts into the ornament, and immediately start rotating to distribute the color. If you need, you can add additional bursts of color. Shake out excess color on the napkin or towel, blow dry for 10 seconds on medium heat, and leave upside down on a plate, or cardboard box to dry overnight.
I went ahead and sprayed the silver ornament tops with the Champagne bronze spray paint and Charcoal as well, to coordinate with the mercury glass look.
Here are the finished ornaments! Now that I have the method down, I plan to order different sizes and try out on some larger ones!
Let me know if you decide to do this! I'd love to see how they turn out for you!