DIY Mercury Jars


Vintage + Holiday = a very happy me! How about you? I’ve always loved the look of mercury glass and thought the effect would look great with the Tim Holtz Mini Mason jars. I’ve seen a few tutorials on Pinterest and thought I’d give it a try. The trick to this technique is to use Krylon Looking glass spray paint on the inside of the jars followed by a vinegar mixture spray.

I’ve created three styles, one being natural with Linen Ribbon and Craft pinecones, then a bedazzled one using dangles of Holiday Idea-ology, and finally a jar using Poinsettia flowers die cut from Clearly for Art film.


I went with non traditional colors for my poinsettia using Pool and Aqua alcohol inks. I die cut the flower out from Clearly For Art film, colored them then heated with my craft tool to bend and shape.


This next one was super fun to create dangly pieces to hang from the ball chain. I used jump rings to add tokens and snowflake charms. I had my husband Tom drill a hole in the lid so I could add a faucet knob!


This last jar has a little more natural feel to it using Desert Storm card stock with the Tattered Pinecone die. I also glued on a metal wreath to the jar and added a jingle bell and a few gems.


I’ll be putting small battery votive candles in these to display in my home. As a note, once you use paints and products on the inside of the jars, they are no longer food safe. Also, be sure to use spray paints in a well ventilated area (I went outside). This Krylov Looking Glass paint is especially smelly while spraying, so use a mask if you’re sensitive. The results are amazing and it only take a few minutes!

I’ve made a video of how to create the mercury glass effect and instructions to create the poinsettia flowers. You can view it below or on our YouTube channel.

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Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you have a wonderful crafty weekend!

  1. Thank you so much for today’s video on these jars. This has really given me inspiration for Christmas gifts this year. You rock, Shari!

  2. These are neat, I especially like using non traditional Christmas colors like this poinsettia. Thanks for sharing your work!

  3. These are so awesome! Now, I have a new love for mercury glass I didn’t know I had! All the jars look fabulous, but that poinsettia/bow really knocked my socks off! So beautiful, and so easy! Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. What sweet little jars for some holiday decor. I’m sure that the addition of the battery operated tea lights will look gorgeous. Thanks for some great tips on making these ourselves.

  5. Lovely how to. I’ve never heard of mercury glass and this was a wonderful introduction. I really like the bow. Thanks!

  6. I will echo what many have said – you Miss Shari are an incredibly talented & inspiring artist! Thank you for sharing your talents with us!

  7. Shari, Im totally in love with the jars and the cool techniques that you used. One question…what is the purpose of the vinegar solution? Is it just to be able to move the paint around?
    And this is the first time I ever noticed your tat on your wrist. What is it? Thank you for an awesome video, Im off to SSS to buy some stuff so I too, can make these!!! Thank you again!!

  8. Oh wow! I love the look of these! It’s great that they are so easy to make! Thanks for sharing this with us today.

  9. I saw these very mini mason jars at the store the other day….. I WISH I had picked them up now! LOL I thought they were ADORABLE!!!! AND the silvery kisses are YUMMY TOO!!! ;) These are decorated BEAUTIFULLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)

  10. This project looks amazing! Just another reason why I love the SSS blog & the amazing Artist posting here! TFS!

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