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. 🙂 

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? 😉

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 Comments

  1. Margaret Robinson
    Monday,November 21, 2016 / 9:54 am

    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!!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,November 23, 2016 / 2:34 am

      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. 😉

      Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Monday,November 21, 2016 / 2:31 pm

    They’re adorable! I’ve got to get some of this spray paint.
    Brenda

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,November 23, 2016 / 2:36 am

      Thanks Brenda! I love using this paint, clearly. I think it’s become an obsession with me. 😉

      Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Monday,November 21, 2016 / 3:50 pm

    They look so pretty! I have been crafting too for my tree and home and will share it soon! We’re on the same boat here dear, too excited for Christmas!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,November 23, 2016 / 2:37 am

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

      Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Debbie H
    Monday,November 21, 2016 / 4:27 pm

    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.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,November 23, 2016 / 2:39 am

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

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

  5. Kathy Ficocelli
    Friday,November 25, 2016 / 9:58 pm

    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!

    • Kristi
      Sunday,November 27, 2016 / 3:35 pm

      Hi Kathy. I haven’t tried using the plastic bulbs, but I think that it should work on those too. Let me know if you give it a try. 🙂

  6. Monday,November 28, 2016 / 1:39 pm

    Beautiful…and red? Oh! You are signing my song! 🙂

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,November 30, 2016 / 3:35 am

      I love me a little bit of red at Christmas (ok, maybe a lot of red 😉 ).

  7. Saturday,December 3, 2016 / 10:00 am

    These are so cute!

    Thanks for linking up with the Home Matter Link Party!

    Have a lovely weekend,

    Randi

    #HomeMattersParty

    • Kristi
      Sunday,December 4, 2016 / 12:31 am

      Thanks so much, Randi!

  8. Saturday,December 3, 2016 / 10:51 am

    Your mercury glass ornaments are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing the tutorial with us at Snickerdoodle. Pinned to my Christmas Board.

    • Kristi
      Sunday,December 4, 2016 / 12:32 am

      Thanks so much, Beverly! They were so much fun to make, and super easy. 🙂

  9. Lisa House
    Saturday,December 3, 2016 / 6:30 pm

    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

    • Kristi
      Sunday,December 4, 2016 / 12:37 am

      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! 😉

  10. Sunday,December 4, 2016 / 11:23 am

    Your ornaments are gorgeous. Any project that involved spray paint is a good one in my book! Pinned and sharing. Thank you for joining us at Family Joy Blog Link-Up Party this week.

    • Kristi
      Thursday,December 8, 2016 / 2:13 am

      Thanks so much, Cristina! You can never go wrong with a can of spray paint. 😉

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