Categories: DIY crafts-Published On: November 15, 2023-

DIY vintage mercury ornaments

a completed DIY vintage inspired mercury glass ornament

DIY vintage mercury ornaments

Every year, I like to make some Christmas ornaments. I prefer ornaments that look high-end but cost a lot less to make myself. There are a lot of copycat looks out there but if they become too costly to make, well then, I’d prefer to just buy them. Our Christmas tree has an abundance of bird ornaments. I suppose it started from my love for birds and the quest skyrocketed with our youngest daughter’s obsession with these feathered friends as well. So, while I love all the bird ornaments we’ve collected over the years, I also like to have some neutral ones too. Having neutral, base ornaments, adds cohesiveness and helps to pull the whole look together.

DIY mercury ornament in a bowl of pinecones

As you may also know, I love all things vintage, including Christmas ornaments. The mercury ornaments have always been a favorite, but they have always been pricey for me. So, instead of buying vintage, I decided to DIY some vintage inspired mercury looking ornaments, and the process couldn’t be easier. I know you will love how simple this DIY is and the look is beautiful. I used gold as a secondary color with the silver, but you could use any color and get creative with it – red or pink would be stunning. I made a short demonstration video for you visual learners.

It’s important to note that I store my spray paint cans in the house. We have a spot under the stairs where I keep all our paint cans and spray paint so that it doesn’t get ruined by extreme cool or hot temps. This saves me money and I tend to use the same colors, so it works out. Also, using plastic bulbs does not work. Well, it didn’t work as well for me. I ended up getting a box of glass bulbs from Hobby Lobby, 50% off, so I got a dozen for $4, which is a good deal to me. I already had Mirror Effect paint from this fun project, and I usually have matte gold spray paint on hand in general. We also keep white vinegar stocked so the supplies needed are few and easy to get.

  • 1

    Prepare a surface outside for spray painting. I used a box.

  • 2

    Remove the tops from the glass bulbs. Shake the Mirror Effect Spray Paint well. Have a spray bottle of white vinegar ready to go.

  • 3

    Wearing gloves, generously spray the Mirror Effect paint around the outside of the bulb. Rotate and move the bulb around to make sure it’s completely coated with paint. Allow excess paint to drip off for just a second.

  • 4

    Spray the wet paint with vinegar. The vinegar breaks up the paint giving it the mercury look. Rotate the bulb and spray additional vinegar if needed. You can blot off excess with a paper towel or it can drip off.

  • 5

    Set the bulb upside down to dry and to drip off any excess paint and vinegar. Once dry, you may determine if another application is needed. If so, just repeat steps 1-4 and allow to dry.

  • 6

    Once you get the vintage mercury look you like, you can add the tops back on and hang from your tree, or you can spray a secondary color inside the bulb to give it more dimension and more of an aged vintage look. Just spray enough inside, rotate and move paint around, and then set upside down to drip dry.

The steps are easy but be sure to have a space for the bulbs to dry. If they get touched or tipped over, it can mess up the finish. I first tried this technique out by spraying the Mirror Effect paint inside the bulb, but for whatever reason it didn’t work well. Maybe the inside of the glass has a coating or something. The gold paint I sprayed inside seemed to hold where the mirror paint didn’t. I suppose you could also add acrylic paint to the inside of the bulb and rotate it to cover all around. Since I already had my spray paint area set up, I just stuck with a quick spray of gold. The only downside, in my opinion, is that the ornaments are glass. I really try to stick to unbreakable ornaments, but I think these are worth it, they’re just so pretty.

Thanks so much for checking out this DIY craft post. I have a few more ornament ideas coming up this season so be sure to subscribe to my free email to get updates. Let me know if you have any issues or questions.

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