DIY Mercury Glassed Mason Jars

I am so excited about this project! I’ve been looking for a way to display some silk flowers (since I cannot afford to buy fresh ones all the time and have no garden to speak of) and this challenge was just what I needed! I had seen a tutorial a long time ago about how to ‘mercurize’ glass and wrote it down. Thank god I kept that notebook! Here’s how I did it:

Materials –

  • Mmason jars (any size, smooth or not, really doesn’t even need to be mason jars – just any glass thing)
  • Silver spray paint
  • Krylon “Looking Glass” spray
  • Spray bottle full of 1/2 white vinegar and 1/2 water
  • Paper towel
  • Flowers (silk or real)


First and foremost (1) make sure your glass is clean. I thrifted mine so they took a pretty rough cleaning to make them spotless.
Next (2), you’ll want to evenly spray the glass with the Looking glass spray. I chose to just spray the outside since I wasn’t sure how to spray the inside – but it’s totally up to you if you spray outside, inside, or both. I’ve heard they all get the same effect. After the Looking Glass spray sets a while, (3) spritz the glass with your vinegar dilution.

After the vinegar mixture has set a few minutes, dab away the droplets with a paper towel. Repeat steps 2-3 as desired. I used two coats of Looking Glass and two coats of vinegar mixture to get the effect I wanted.

After the second coat:

All three jars completed:
This next bit is entirely optional. I chose to save the rings around the rim of the mason jars. But they were brass and I was looking for a uniform color distribution. So here’s the ring before:

And after:

And that’s it! See how easy?! This really only took about 30 mins including wait time between coats and dry time for the lid rings. Here’s the final product:

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