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How To Paint DIY Mercury Glass

Hi there and welcome back to the blog. You know I love a good, budget friendly DIY and this one does not disappoint! Today I am showing you how to paint DIY mercury glass.

This is a Dollar Tree vase that I already had on hand and I had the paint and the metal trim on hand as well. But if you did not have these things sitting around already you would spend $1 on the vase, $8-$10 on the spray paint and $10-$15 on the metal strapping.

These additional materials can be used on many other projects so this is the up front cost but you won’t spend that much on this project alone.

If you love Dollar Tree crafts and gift ideas you can find a lot of inspiration here.

And if glass crafts are your cup of tea you will love it here as well!

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DIY Painted Mercury Glass Video

How to Paint DIY Mercury Glass

Step 1: Use painters tape to mask the vase

This step is optional if you want to add the mercury glass look to the entire vase. I wanted to it only on about 2/3 of the vase.

I added the painters tape to the top of the vase.

Dollar Tree vase with painters tape on tope third portion of the vase

Step 2: Use the Looking Glass paint and water

This is when the magic happens. You will want to have the Looking Glass spray paint and a spray bottle of water ready to go.

Spray the glass vase with the looking glass spray paint, you can work in sections if you want.

Then immediately spray the paint with water.

The paint will drip and become spotty. This is what give us the look of mercury glass.

It is pretty cool.

Krylon Looking Glass paint spray can.
Spraying the first bit of looking glass paint onto the glass vase

Repeat this process all the way around until the vase is completely covered.

Wipe off the drops of water with a paper towel and let dry completely.

Remove the painters tape.

Removing the painters tape from the top of the vase.

Look how pretty it is! I love this technique of painting glass.

Revealing the mercury glass look after the painters tape is removed.

Step 3: Add the metal strapping

This is another optional step but I thought it added a bit of an industrial or rustic look to the vase.

You will need the metal strapping and some thin-ish wire. I think mine is 20 gage wire.

Measure around the vase to find the amount of metal strapping you need.

Measuring the vase to get the right size piece of metal strapping.

Use tin snips to cut to length.

Using the tin snips to cut the metal to size.

I tried to use the E6000 to glue the metal piece onto the vase. Don’t even try. It was a huge fail. It just did not stay put.

So I decided to use a piece of wire to hold the metal strap together and slide it onto the vase.

Using wire to secure the metal band to the vase.

Clip off a small amount of the wire and thread it through the holes at the ends of the metal band.

Threading the wire through the holes at the end of the metal bands.

Twist the wire to close the band together but don’t cut the extra wires yet. We will do that later.

Twisting the wire to attach the ends of the metal piece.

Once the wire is secure slide the piece onto the vase.

Sliding the metal piece onto the vase.

I moved mine down to cover the edge where the diy mercury glass meets the glass vase.

Sliding the metal band to cover the edge of the mercury glass look.

When the metal band is where you like like it, tighten it up a little more then clip off the extra pieces of wire and push them down out of the way.

Tightening the wire so the metal band is secure.

I love the way it looks. Now add your favorite seasonal flowers or one that can stay up all year long.

The finished DIY mercury glass look for the Dollar Tree vase.

Materials Needed

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How to Paint DIY Mercury Glass

Finished DIY mercury glass look on a Dollar Tree vase.

Learn how to paint DIY mercury glass to make a Dollar Tree vase into high end home decor for any occasion or season.

Active Time 2 hours
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 3 hours
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $0 - $15


  1. Add painters tape to the top of the vase
  2. Start spraying the Looking Glass paint onto the vase. Immediately followed by sprays of water onto the paint.
  3. Repeat these steps until the entire bottle is painted and sprayed.
  4. Wipe off the glass vase and let the paint dry completely.
  5. Remove the painters tape
  6. Use the tin snips to cut a piece of the metal wire to fit around the vase.
  7. Cut a small piece of wire and thread it through two of the holes at each end of the metal piece to keep it together. Twist the wire to secure it.
  8. Slide the metal piece onto the vase down as far as the mercury glass.
  9. Tighten the wire a little bit more and use the wire cutters to cut the excess bit of wires.
  10. Enjoy.

What do you think?

Finished vase with fall flowers.
Finished vase with fall flowers

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