One of my favorite holiday decorations this year are the mercury glass Christmas tree ornaments that I made. They added just a touch of vintage glass glam and shine to my tree. If you haven’t noticed yet, I’m really into mercury glass this year. I just love the look and really...really have to restrain myself or I’ll keep making more! I’ve eyed the Christmas ornaments carried by Ballards and Pottery Barn for a while but wanted to stick to recycling what I already had and keeping some “green” in our Christmas decorations.
This technique works great on both glass and plastic. Which surprised me. When finished, both look exactly the same. I like the plastic ornaments for obvious reasons… a few cats and butter fingers me, who dropped one of the glass ornament right out of the box.
This is what you’ll need to make a mercury glass Christmas tree ornament:
- Clear ornament in glass or plastic
- Krylon Looking Glass spray paint
- Black craft paint , optional but adds a lot to the vintage look of the mercury glass ornament
- Water and vinegar mix in equal parts in a misting bottle. Dollar Tree has good misting bottles for $1.
- Paper towels
A few weeks ago I posted two variations of making vintage mercury glass. Follow the steps for using the Krylon Looking Glass version. Click here to read the post. If you’re already familiar with the technique or just feel like jumping right in then here’s how I made my mercury glass Christmas tree ornaments.
Start with a clean, dry ornament. Take the hanger bracket off of the top. Spray a light layer of the Looking Glass spray over the entire ornament. immediately spritz with your water/vinegar solution and dab with a crumbled up paper towel. Follow this step 2-3 more times and allow to dry in-between coats. I turned each ornament upside down on a wooden skewer to dry in-between layers.
If you want the mirrored effect like vintage glass that lost some of the mirror backing then use the black craft paint. Pour some paint into the ornament. Use your finger to cover the opening and shake it to coat the entire inside of the mercury glass ornament. Pour out the excess paint and let it dry. Once it’s completely dry put the hangar back onto your ornament. Adding the black paint made a big difference in the depth of the finish. With or without the black paint they are so pretty!
I’m happy with my new mercury glass Christmas tree ornaments and love that I re-cycled what I had and still got the look of some of my favorite stores!
What’s next? I’m sharing the tricks the pro’s use for decorating those fabulous trees you see in department stores! It’s so easy to get the look once you know these tips!
Are you a “real tree” person or do the “faux” tree route? What’s your biggest challenge with your tree?
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