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From Jacin: Is there anything prettier than mercury glass these days? I don’t know the exact moment I fell in love with this gorgeous accent, but let me tell you, I pretty much can’t get enough. When I made my daily stop over at Kelley Maria‘s gorgeous and inspiring blog and saw her tutorial to make your own faux mercury glass, I immediately reached out to her to see if she’d like to share it with all of you!  And lucky us – she said yes!  So here she is today {make sure to swing by her blog when you’re done reading so you can give her a hello!}

Hi everyone, Kelley from Kelley Maria here!  I am thrilled to be guest posting today for Lovely Little Details!  Thank you for having me.  I often feature DIY projects on my blog and like to focus them around saving money because who doesn’t like to save money?

Today’s post features a tutorial on how to make mercury glass.  I have always been a fan of mercury glass, but the stuff is so darn expensive so I set out to make my own in hopes of achieving a similar look while also saving money.  Plus, it is way more fun knowing you made it!

I chose to do this project using goblets (that I got from a thrift store for $1 each) and I am going to use them as votive candle holders.  Small votive candle holders turned into mercury glass would look great on tables at a wedding reception!


-       Krylon Looking Glass Mirror-Like Spray Paint
-       Metallic Gold Acrylic Paint
-       Metallic Silver Acrylic Paint
-       Lamp (Ebony) Black Acrylic Paint
-       Sponge (cut into small pieces)
-       Cotton Swabs
-       Cotton Pads
-       Clear glass candle holder

1.  Spray the “looking glass” paint on the inside of goblet.  Spray the bottom of stem base and lightly spray the stem as well.  *Note:  with Looking Glass Mirror-like paint you must paint the reverse of the side that will be showing.  Spray 5 very thin coats, allowing 1 minute between coats.  Paint sprays dull, but reverse side has mirror-like effect.

2.  This next part is very tedious and takes patience!  Dip the piece of cotton in the acrylic paint, switching off between metallic gold, metallic silver and black.  Dab the inside of the goblet to remove patches of the spray paint.  I switched off using the cotton swabs and pads.  Repeat until you have the desired look.  Next, dip the sponge in acrylic paints and “sponge” the inside of the goblet to add some color.  Sponge the stem and bottom of the goblet as well. I used mostly gold and black for the sponge effect.  Once paint has dried, repeat the process of removing paint from the stem and bottom of goblet.


Are these not amazing??  Thank you Kelley for stopping by today!  We hope you’ll come and visit us again soon!

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  • kristi says on April 7, 2011 Reply

    OMGoodness these are just fabulous!!! I love mercury glass, and this just makes it soooo easy to do! Thank you bunches for sharing ;-)))))


  • Mrslimestone says on April 7, 2011 Reply

    Wow – looks exactly like the real deal. Thanks for sharing!

  • Diana says on April 7, 2011 Reply

    Such a great way to dress up simple glasses. They look so vintage and interesting!

  • Diana says on April 7, 2011 Reply

    I love this idea of turning simple glasses into something interesting and vintage looking! :)

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  • Chelsea says on April 7, 2011 Reply

    This is so funny – I was just wondering if there was a good DIY somewhere online for mercury glass, and where do I find it but on LLD! Thanks Kelley and Jacin!

  • Diana Mieczan says on April 7, 2011 Reply

    This is so brilliant. I was just talking about this with my friend. Im going to send this over to her. She will love it. happy Thursday, my dear

  • Tracy says on April 7, 2011 Reply

    I love this. Super cool!

  • erin * sparkle & hay says on April 7, 2011 Reply

    i love the mercury glass look – and this is so doable (& affordable!)

  • Krystal @ apinchoflovely says on April 7, 2011 Reply

    I was just watching a tutorial last week that used Looking Glass spray paint. I’m going to need to go pick up some of that!

  • Amma // Beyond Beyond says on April 7, 2011 Reply

    Great tutorial… I love the way that looks!

  • Megan says on April 7, 2011 Reply

    That is soooooo cool!

  • Laura @ Saying "I do" says on April 7, 2011 Reply

    wow! These are fantastic, I’m def. going to try my hand at them!

  • postcards and pretties says on April 7, 2011 Reply

    very cool! going to try it!

  • Shana says on April 7, 2011 Reply

    Love this! Thank you for sharing :) I will be making some for my wedding I think!

  • Nicole says on April 7, 2011 Reply

    Those are awesome! i think we did something like this in high school chemistry class….

  • Claire says on April 7, 2011 Reply

    LOVEEEEEEEEEEE. I wish I knew this before!!

  • Jen (peachbride) says on April 7, 2011 Reply

    Wow, that looks fantastic!! I think I have something to add to my to do list. :)

  • Kirby {Colors of Honey} says on April 7, 2011 Reply

    Awesome! really, I’ve been searching for a way to bring the ‘chic’ into our wedding. I think this will be a glamorous touch to our wedding decor! eeek! I’m so excited!


  • Steph {bubblerock} says on April 7, 2011 Reply


  • Sarah @ HereComesTheBlog says on April 7, 2011 Reply

    These. Look. WONDERFUL! I’m afraid I don’t have the patience to try that myself, but I love the after images – they look incredible! What a great idea, and you’re right, they would look lovely as centerpieces.

  • Kate/MagnoliaRouge says on April 7, 2011 Reply

    What a fantastic DIY!!! I’d love to say I’ll try this one day.. but we’ll see :-)

  • Petal floral design says on April 7, 2011 Reply

    Wow- fabulous, thank you!

  • Lena says on April 7, 2011 Reply

    How clever and gorgeous! I can’t wait to give this DIY a whirl!

  • Lauren @ ELD says on April 7, 2011 Reply

    What a cool DIY! Looks a little tedious, but maybe one day I’ll be ambitious ;)

  • Lindsay says on April 7, 2011 Reply

    This is awesome! I wanted to use Mercury glass for my wedding, but thought it was too expensive. Now I can make my own. Thanks!!

  • Tamra @ walkswithBella says on April 7, 2011 Reply

    Nice share!! I am definitely going to use this idea for some events. Thanks!! Lovely to have found your blog through Kelley Maria. Newest Follower!! 400 :)

    best, tamra


  • cailen says on April 8, 2011 Reply

    what a cool project! i love the look of mercury glass : )


  • Dancy says on April 8, 2011 Reply

    LOVE this idea! I’ve got tons of white milkglass on the mantle at home, but I’ve been thinking of swapping it out for mercury glass but it does get expensive. Great alternative!
    P.S. – Love the new site. I’m catching up on blogs (again) & just realized you switched to wordpress. ;)

  • very married says on April 8, 2011 Reply

    my wedding decorations were very similar! but i took the easy way out and prebought it like this…

  • Bri {BeeBeeBisous} says on June 6, 2011 Reply

    This is fantastic!!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Glass Cutter says on August 8, 2011 Reply

    Its really classy! Note how its looks like antique silverware from far :)

  • Kelsey says on August 27, 2011 Reply

    THANK YOU – I have been looking for this exact DIY for my wedding. But serious question, can vases hold water without ruining the effect after this finish has been applied?

    • Mary Beth says on September 16, 2011 Reply

      hi. noticed your question and tho i’m not an expert, every blog i’ve read that mentions using them for flowers says *not* to place water in direct contact with the paint. rather, use a smaller glass cylinder inside the mercury glass one to hold flowers. hope that helps.

  • Mary Beth says on September 16, 2011 Reply

    After looking at *countless* blogs, your directions are the most clear and your results are astonishingly good. Thank you. I’ve been sourcing mercury glass pendant light fixtures for my kitchen –and they are in excess of $200.00 each (ouch, and I need 5). If, with your instructions I can make something half as beautiful as you’ve done, I’ll feel *so* successful. (And I’ll save about $850.00 in the process). Thank you!

  • Marie says on September 18, 2011 Reply

    I have started this project, following your instructions and so far I have really enjoyed the look! I have one tip for anyone attempting this project… do it in WARM weather. The first set I tried was in 60 degree weather and the paint ran a LOT. When the temp was closer to 70, SUCCESS!

  • Kathy says on November 1, 2011 Reply

    Love what you did ….where do you get the mirror spray?

  • Brandie says on November 13, 2011 Reply

    I have followed your tutorial and made some beautiful mercury glass containers…thank you so much for posting this. One quick question I have for you, today I filled my mercury glass with wax and created a candle. After finishing the project I freaked wondering if we could actually light the candles or if because the spray paint was used on the inside they are no flammable? Anyone have any experience with this and/or lit any candles inside of their mercury glass containers? I would go out and light mine now but they are still liquid!

    Thanks so much for any input!

  • Julie P says on December 6, 2011 Reply

    How can I make gold mercury glass? Will regular spray paint work? I can only find the looking glass paint in silver. Thanks!

  • Ruth Ann says on December 18, 2011 Reply

    Beautiful!! Just one note, when using a food serving dish, be sure and write, in little letters, on the bottom – NOT FOOD SAFE… This can be easily done with a fine point Sharpie… and write in very small letters so it won’t take away from your beautiful work.

    You know this, but someone down the years may not know that this item is not food safe

    Awesome idea… thanks for sharing…

  • HipSwap says on March 21, 2012 Reply

    Love this idea! So cool. I’m totally trying this! :)

  • Patty says on April 22, 2012 Reply

    I love this project. I plan to do this to a couple of vases I purchased for a $1. I want something to dress up some shelves.

  • Donna says on July 30, 2012 Reply

    Could I pout a candle inside? My daughter in law to be wants to make them for her wedding.

  • Marceta says on August 3, 2012 Reply

    Do you know how to make red or green mercury glass? Do they make re or green metallic mirror spray?

  • Martha Pelta says on September 17, 2012 Reply

    I love this, I’ts looks sooo nice. Thanks for sharing!!

  • Carol says on November 5, 2012 Reply

    I love the project, my question is, I want to treat the glass doors to a desk I’m converting into a bar, should I spray something over the back of the mercury glass to protect it from damage? Thanks!

  • Laura says on December 17, 2013 Reply

    Hello! Just wanted to let you know that I linked to your tutorial on my blog :D Thanks for your help!!


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