DIY Mercury Jars

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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. Shari, I for one am glad you couldn’t decide which style to create, as it gives us a look at all three ! I still don’t have a fave, I love all three! What a great home decor project and tutorial, thanks so very much.

  2. Oh. My. Gosh. These are absolutely fantastic! I love the faucet top on the one (I will be going to that section of Home Depot soon!). Love the paper pinecones – amazing! And I really thought the poinsettia was ribbon, not plastic – gorgeous! Just stunning.

  3. Thank you for sharing Shari. The finished jars are gorgeous. I love how you have created the poinsettia using alcohol inks and the gorgeous bling is perfect! I will have to look through my stash to see if I could create one of these because I love them Karen x

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