Posted: Mar 31, 2014 9:00 AM
Mercury glass can be found in vintage stores for a pretty penny, but when you find out how easy it is to make your own mercury glass you'll never drag your kids through another thrift shop again! Follow these step-by-step instructions on how to create your own DIY mercury glass decor.

allParenting mercury glass materials


  • Hurricane, vase or glass jar
  • Krylon Looking Glass spray paint
  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Paper towels


allParenting mercury glass step 1

First, mix equal parts of vinegar and water inside a clean spray bottle and set aside. You'll want to also make sure your vase is clean and dry.

Then, give the inside of your hurricane a light coat of Looking Glass spray paint and allow it to dry for about a minute.

allParenting mercury glass step 2

Next, spray your vinegar and water mixture on top of your first coat of paint, but don't spray too much liquid. There should be just enough for it to bead up but not run.

Now, right after you spray your liquid, cover the droplets with a second coat of Looking Glass spray. Again, you'll want to keep your coat of paint light; spray too much at one time and it will run. Patience will pay off when you make your own mercury glass decor!

allParenting mercury glass step 3

Allow it to dry for one to two minutes, depending on how much sun your hurricane is in. Then, crumple up a paper towel and use it to blot the inside of your hurricane, soaking up the liquid and the paint that pooled on top of the liquid beads. This is when you decide how distressed you want your DIY mercury glass to be — the more you twist your paper towel as you blot, the more light will shine through your final piece.

Next, repeat the process two more times: spraying liquid, spraying Looking Glass spray, waiting one to two minutes and blotting. You should have a total of four layers of spray and three rounds of water and vinegar mixture.

allParenting mercury glass step 4

Finally, allow your DIY mercury glass hurricane to dry. Feel free to add a final coat of Looking Glass spray if you think it needs it, but keep in mind when you make your own mercury glass that the light is supposed to shine through so don't go crazy with the coverage!

Tip^ For glass containers with small openings, you can use the DIY mercury glass technique on the outside of your glass. It gives it a slightly different look but is just as pretty!

allParenting mercury glass

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