Hobnail Bathroom Glass Jars { DIY Mercury Glass }

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Have you admired the mercury glass that Pottery Barn and other such retailers have been carrying the past few years? I have to tell you, I love the rustic look, but not the crazy price.


I've shown you how to make colored mercury glass, but making your own plain mercury glass is simple, quick, and makes quite the statement. You can pick up all kinds of glass items at the dollar store or thrift stores and you'll have a statement piece within minutes—promise! I know that I'm not the only crafter to create my own mercury glass look, but when you combine this technique with textured glass, well, the results are too spectacular not to share!


I found these two hobnail decorative jars for a dollar each at my latest thrift store run.


The little cut glass dish was a dollar, as well. First, I gave all three a good washing in dish soap to get all the yucky stuff (dust, dirt, etc) off my finds. They are pretty on their own, but I wanted a little set to store cotton balls and q-tips in our (much neglected) master bath. Adding the faux mercury glass finish would obscure the contents and make my disk match the jars a little better.

All you need to transform any piece of glass into faux mercury glass is:

Looking glass spray paint (I found mine at walmart, in the paint aisle. Do a search on their website to see if your local store carries it!)
White vinegar mixed half and half with water in a spray bottle
Painters tape, masking material (like newspaper)

Mask your glass with painters tape and newspaper so that only the interior is exposed.


Spray a light coat of looking glass spray paint on the interior face of the glass. Spray the vinegar-water mixture onto the glass. This will create speckles on the finish. Repeat until you get the coverage you want (I did 2 coats). Allow to dry.


This craft only takes under 30 minutes from start to finish counting drying time .Hands on time is more like 15, and most of that was in masking and otherwise prepping the glass.


And for a 30 minute craft, it makes a huge impact! You could make a beautiful vase for mom this Mother's Day!


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