DIY Mercury Glass Planters

I've been enamored with mercury glass ever since I came across this pic from West Elm.
Come to find out you can make your own mercury glass decor & between you & I, it's as simple as pie. Honestly! The only challenging part of this project is tracking down the Krylon Looking Glass; as in like I- stopped -at- five- stores- type- of- challenging. 
Who knew this darn thing was such a delicacy among the spray paint world?
Hobby Lobby ended up being the only place to come through for me. So fist bump to the HL.
Besides the elusive Looking Glass spray paint you will also need:
*Spray bottle with 50/50 mixture of vinegar & water
*Paper towel
*Clean, glass vases {I picked mine up at the Dollar Store}
*Plants or candles to place inside
I started off by spritzing a quick shot of the vinegar/water mixture into my first vase with my spray bottle. This technique leaves water droplets on the inside of  the glass which will help you achieve the mercury effect later. Then I LIGHTLY started to spray my vase with the Looking Glass paint. I emphasize LIGHTLY because this stuff is very thin & watery & if you go all guns blazing you'll get streaks.  The can of spray paint instructs you do about 5 coats of paint. I think I did about seven or eight {I did a spritz of the 50/50 mixture between each paint coat} but I wouldn't take my word on it because I am no good at math under normal circumstances so just imagine what I'm like when I'm high on fumes?
Allow the glass to dry a few minutes. For the final step, spray some of the water/vinegar mixture on a piece of paper towel & with your index finger start gently rubbing away at some of the paint. 
Be random & spontaneous on the places you distress on the vase.
The point is not to be a perfectionist here! Stop once you are happy & then allow the glass to dry again for about a half hour or so.
Okay, I fibbed.
The final step IS actually to add plants, or candles, or what ever floats your boat to your vases.
When lit, candles give an absolutely beautiful ambience inside distressed mercury glass but I wanted something for our outdoor patio table so I went with succulent plants. 
I know these type of plants need good drainage so we'll see how long these babies survive inside the vases. I'm sure there is some savvy way to like drill a hole into glass but I'm not allowed to play with power tools when the hubby's not home.
On an another note, let me tell you it is incredibly hard to photograph mirrored objects with out capturing your fun house midget reflection on every picture!
Any more mercury fans out there? Of the glass, not the planet.
We all know Pluto RULES! Oh Pluto, you'll always be a planet in my heart. Sigh.
Has anyone else been working on sprucing up there outside oasis?
 

19 comments

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

This is SO cool! I had no idea there was even spray paint like this out there! Great DIY girl!

Tonia L said...

So pretty! I really want to make some of those!!

Morgan said...

This is such a great idea. So cute, I am going to have to make some of these!

Regina of Live Delightfully said...

Those are pretty! :)

I've been working on sprucing up our patio. I've got 4 large flower pots out there with pretty new lilies in them! I'm hoping to get several more pots and various flowers out there before the end of the year.

two birds said...

what a cute idea! seriously, spray paint makes everything better!

Meg {henninglove} said...

jennifer those are so cute!! i swear each summer i will get my backyard looking at pretty and fancy and i fail. although my annuals are coming back up so that is the extent of my pretty backyard

Heather J said...

Love this Jennifer! Such a great idea. Your backyard looks so nice.

Sarah said...

These are fabulous! They would be perfect for wedding centerpieces!

Sarah @ Simply Dove said...

Those turned out great Jen!! By the way, I'm completely jealous of you lucky ones who have Hobby Lobby. I've never seen one here in CA. But that's probably a good thing... Especially for my wallet! :)

MYSAVIOR said...

I love this-truly! I bet it would beautiful on Christmas balls.

♥♥♥
Sue

Michelle Paige said...

You make every project sound so easy! I love this look, but am I brave enough?

simona said...

very nice!! i've been meaning to buy spray paint to do projects like these but i keep forgetting to shop for some. at least i know now to look in hobby lobby.

Val said...

These look awesome...just a great idea.

Megan O'D said...

Very pretty..and your writing made me laugh, so thanks for that, as well as the great tutorial...I see (or smell) paint fumes in my future...

Tonia L said...

Stopping by again to let you know that you were featured @The Gunny Sack today! http://www.thegunnysack.com/2012/06/who-was-stuffed-in-gunny-sack-week-40.html

Stacey said...

Looks really great Jennifer :o)
Thanks for sharing!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon said...

Gorgeous!!! Definitely want to try this! Thanks for sharing again at Uncommon! ;) featuring this on our FB page today!

Katie Goldsworthy said...

Really cool! Such a great idea!

--Katie
@ Creatively Living

carports bendigo said...

Wow its very nice ideas for garden interior. You have given very nice information about Mercury glass decor and also vinegar/water mixture into my first vase with my spray bottle.

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