After perusing loads of DIY mercury glass tutorials on Pinterest, I ended up using a ridiculously simple method to make the two candle holders on the porch dining table.
- A clear glass jar / candle holder / vase / or whatever strikes your fancy (these were from Target at $7ish a piece…they have lids that I am not using)
- Krylon Looking Glass spray paint (about $12 but I used a 40% off coupon)
- spray bottle mixed with equal parts water and vinegar
- paper towels
1. Give the jars three thin coats of spray paint on the inside. I had to get in all sorts of strange positions to fully coat these.
2. Let the paint dry for just a minute between coats. It will look foggy from the outside while drying and then turn shiny. You can see these in the process of drying.
3. Spray the inside generously with the water/vinegar mixture. It should bead up like this…
4. Let the mixture sit for about 30 seconds then blot with your paper towel. You might need to gently rub the towel around to take off the paint. You really can’t mess this up. If you don’t take off enough, spray again with the water/vinegar. If you take off too much paint, wait a few minutes for the vinegar to fully dry then start over with a coat of the looking glass spray and repeat the process. It’s not supposed to look perfect!
5. Let everything fully dry!
I adore the finished look and think they are perfect for the porch! I put a flameless pillar candle inside. Stay tuned for my last couple of porch projects!