DIY Mercury Glass Dollar Store Vase

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Create a high end look with a $1 vase! Perfect for wedding center pieces, home decor and gift giving!

I needed a quick gift for my parents, so naturally I picked up some beautiful flowers at the market. Next, I just needed a cute vase that was special, while also matching their new silver home decor theme.


I had all the supplies on hand, minus this spray paint by Krylon called Looking Glass which can be found at walmart. Mix equal parts white vinegar and water into a spray bottle (dollar tree.) I used about 3/4 of each, although you could use much much less.


Take your vase outside. Using the mist setting, gently mist the vinegar/water onto your vase. You want the liquid to "bead up" on the glass, not run. If the liquid starts to run, wipe it away and start over.


After you've misted the entire vase, spray your Looking Glass spray paint onto the vase. I stood about 2 feet away. The spray paint is very thin, so don't be alarmed. Spray an even coat over the entire vase.


About 30 seconds to 1 minute after covering the entire vase with spray paint, use a paper towel to gently blot the liquid away. When the liquid is blotted with the paper towel, the mercury glass effect starts to show. You may need to repeat spraying the vinegar, spraying the spray paint and then blotting several times to get the result/opacity you are looking for.


After about 4 coats, I was able to achieve the look that I was going for. To achieve a more opaque look, spray the inside of your vase first with a solid coat of Looking Glass spray paint. Embellish the Vase with a ribbon if you'd like once dried. I love the "rustic glam" look, so I tied a twine bow around my vase.

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