Easy Mercury Glass Christmas Ornaments

Ok…I can’t wait any longer…

First, my post with holiday gift ideas and now it’s Christmas ornaments.  Ready or not, the holidays are coming. 

I’ve been crafting and decorating for Christmas for the last few weeks and I’m excited to share it all. Well, not all of it today, just one of the easy crafting projects I’ve been working on. Mercury glass ornaments. 

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This is our first Christmas in the new house so I’ve been going a little crazy with the decorating and crafting (sorry hubs). I kept our holiday decor pretty traditional, as I usually do, but went a little bit overboard with the red. I’m not sure how it happened, there never was a plan, but now every nook and cranny of our small cottage is red, with a few touches of glam here and there. 

I already had a lot of red decor packed away, but not many red ornaments for the tree, so, instead of going out and buying some, I decided to make my own. I found a box of glass ornaments that I bought last year for crafting so I used those for this project.

Supplies 
  • glass ornaments 
  • Rustoleum red spray paint
  • Rustoleum mirror effect spray paint
  • water bottle with 1 part water to 1 part vinegar
  • damp paper towel

I needed a way to “hold” the glass balls when I painted them so I came up with this little contraption. It’s just a box and a dowel that was cut into four pieces. I pushed the dowl pieces into holes that I made in the bottom of the box and…voila…an instant glass ball holder thingamajig. πŸ™‚ 

How to turn plain glass ornaments into rustic, glam mercury glass Christmas ornaments with just a few supplies. An easy and inexpensive DIY to dress up your tree.

Just to note that I didn’t go into this project with the intention of using mirror effect spray…yet again (I’ve used it here, here and here). I set out to do red ornaments and, although they were pretty after they were painted, I felt like they needed a little something. I tried to resist but the mirror effect spray seemed like it was the perfect choice to finish it off.

My name is Kristi and I have a problem. They say the first step is admitting you have a problem, right? πŸ˜‰

How to turn plain glass ornaments into rustic, glam mercury glass Christmas ornaments with just a few supplies. An easy DIY to dress up your tree.

Ok, on with the project…

First I sprayed a coat of red to cover the glass (one coat was all it took). This will be your base so if you have a few spots that aren’t completely covered it’s ok.

How to turn plain glass ornaments into rustic, glam mercury glass Christmas ornaments with just a few supplies. A fun and easy DIY to dress up your tree.After the paint dried, I lightly spritzed each ornament with the vinegar and water solution. 

How to turn plain glass ornaments into rustic, glam mercury glass Christmas ornaments with just a few supplies. A fun and easy DIY to dress up your Christmas tree.Then I lightly sprayed the mirror effect spray. You don’t want to spray too much because it will easily run.

How to turn plain glass ornaments into rustic, glam mercury glass Christmas ornaments with just a few supplies. A fun, easy and inexpensive DIY to dress up your Christmas tree.The mirror effect spray dries super fast so, once it does, I gently blot the water drops off with a damp paper towel. Make sure to blot, not wipe. 

Once they’re completely dry, add a hanger and they’re ready for the tree. 

Rustic, glam, red, mercury glass Christmas ornaments. So easy and they were practically free. 

Turn plain glass ornaments into rustic, glam mercury glass Christmas ornaments with just a few supplies. An easy DIY to dress up your tree. I love how they turned out!

Turn plain glass ornaments into rustic, glam mercury glass Christmas ornaments with just a few supplies. An easy and inexpensive DIY to dress up your tree.What are you’re plans for the holiday weekend? Family time? Shopping? Decorating for Christmas?

We’ll be spending a quiet weekend at home.

Thank you for stopping in! Have a great week and a very Happy Thanksgiving! 

 


I created this easy and fun lightbulb banner last year with some burned out bulbs. Reduce, reuse, recycle, right? 

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Christmas Banner with Lightbulbs

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20 thoughts on “Easy Mercury Glass Christmas Ornaments

  1. Wow – these are all beautiful! You are so organized and competent. I usually wait far longer to do any decorating and here you are doing these lovely pieces yourself. Brava!!

    • Thank you Margaret. I usually wait too, but was excited to get started this year. I think it’s because we’re in the new house. πŸ˜‰

      Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Thanks Vel! I don’t usually start this early but got the bug to craft. πŸ˜‰ Can’t wait to see what you’ve done.

      Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. The ornaments looked like candy apples before the mirror paint. They turned out great.
    I am in Ohio for Thanksgiving, which we are not celebrating until Saturday, so my weekend will be busy but fun. Enjoy your quiet weekend.

    • They did look like candy apples, so shiny and pretty. I can’t ever leave well enough alone though. πŸ˜‰

      Hope you’re having a good visit. Happy Thanksgiving, my friend!

  3. To make the mirror effect bulbs, can you use clear plastic bulbs or will it not adhere as well? Also, when did you put the clear gloss on the bulbs? I love your decoration ideas!

  4. Beautiful! I am feeling pressured (by me) to make many different ornaments using these empty ornaments…definitely going to try this if we get another nice day here on the north coast…northern Ohio

    • Thanks Lisa! I know what you mean by feeling pressured. I do this to myself every holiday season and never get all the crafts done that I’d like. Let me know how they come out, if you’re able to do them. No pressure! πŸ˜‰

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