Faux Mercury Glass Ornament with Vinyl Snowflakes

Every year for the past few years I have taken place in an ornament crafting exchange and it's one of my favorite craft projects of the year!  This year I was paired up with Vicki from Two Bees in a Pod. As soon as I saw a picture of her beautiful blue and white tree in her family room with the touches of silver I just knew I wanted to make something for that tree.  



I set about making my own faux murcury glass ornamants.  I read a few different tutorials on how to do this and then tried out my own technique.  Using clear plastic ornaments, some looking glass spray paint and a small water bottled filled with approximately half water and half vinegar I went to work.



First I sprayed a few squirts of the paint into the ornament and shook it up to make sure I had good coverage.  Then I added a few squirts of the water/vinegar mixture and kept swirling the paint and water around for a few minutes.  (As you can see I plugged the hole with paper towels to protect my hand).


I used my hair dryer to speed up the paint drying process and each ornament needed a good 3-4 coats of paint intermixed with the water.  I just kept layering the paint until I had an effect I liked.


They are super hard to take photos of because the looking glass paint makes them all shiny like a mirror but if I back light them you'll see that there are darker and lighter specks like mercury glass.




Once I had the background of my ornaments to my liking I pulled out my computer, Cricut, and some sticky backed vinyl in a nice deep blue.  I cut out 4 different snowflake designs and put one on each ornament.






I made all 4 ornaments in one morning and I just loved how they turned out.  I packaged them up and sent them on their way... hoping Vicki would love them too.


Make sure you pop over to the Ornament Exchange Party and see all the ornaments that the 38 talented bloggers joining us made!  There are some pretty amazing tutorials linked up with us that you won't want to miss. 

Comments

  1. Joann - as the fortunate recipient of these ornaments, I can attest that they are even more beautiful in person! I had no idea that you created the mercury glass as well. Thank you so very much for your thoughtfulness and talent.
    Vicki
    2 Bees in a Pod

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  2. Super cleaver idea! I have to make some of these. I love mercury glass.
    Happy Thanksgiving,
    Kippi
    Ps. please share this post on my site at the You're The Star Blog Hop

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  3. These are lovely! I haven't tried using that paint for a mercury glass look, but now I want to!

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    1. It really was much easier and no where near as messy as I had feared.

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  4. The solid blue images are perfect! Love these fun wintery ornaments.

    Alexandra
    EyeLoveKnots.com

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    1. Thank you! I loved the contrast of the dark blue with the silver myself.

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  5. Your DIY mercury glass ornaments are lovely, Joann! Too funny that we both did mercury glass ornaments. Now I want to try your version too because I just turned on my Cricut Maker for the first time last week and want to try your pretty vinyl snowflakes. Pinned :)

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  6. Such a beautiful idea! I love your faux mercury glass ornaments.

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  7. These are so cool! The faux mercury glass looks amazing and the snowflake is perfect for them.

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  8. These are beautiful, and I hope I can make some soon!

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    1. Thank you. I hope you get a chance to make some soon too; they were pretty fun to make.

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  9. I've always wanted to try a mercury glass project and this makes me want to try it even more. I bet they are so pretty when the lights on a tree hit them. Pinned.

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    1. I thought they'd be real pretty reflecting the lights of the tree too.

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  10. Love the mercury glass look. Lovely pieces. Pinned to my ornament board. Set to share on FB too.

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    1. Thank you and thank you for the pin and share too.

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  11. So pretty! I was just looking at some mercury glass and thought how nie they would look at Christmas. These ornaments are perfect for the tree!

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  12. Thank you for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too!

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  13. This is so cool. I love mercury glass ornaments and never thought about making my own. These are beautiful.

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    1. Thank you! I was pretty intimated by the process but ended up really enjoying the results.

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  14. They look great and I'm sure she will love them! Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party this week. Pinned!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comments and for pinning.

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  15. I love the Mercury Glass. I'll be sharing and Pinning to my Craft Board. Thanks for sharing on Sunday's Best. Looking forward to more of your posts.

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  16. Visiting again! Thanks so much for linking up at #AThemedLinkup 7 for Christmas Trees and Ornaments. Shared.

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