Mercury Glass Mason Jar Lanterns

In the past, Mercury Glass was one of those rare treasures you would find at a garage sale or thrift store and just squeal over. Now, I don’t know what genius came up with a DIY version, but I’m betting my bottom dollar, it was a SuperMom who wanted some Mercury Glass of her own, but refused to pay the antique store cost. Mercury meets Mason Jar in my take of a icy winter lantern to light up my Christmas mantle.

First, let’s start with the how-to’s of DIY Mercury Glass. I was so excited to learn how to add a Mercury Glass effect on any glass surface. The materials are simple and so is the process.
A quick spritz of your vinegar & water mixture and then a light coating of the Looking Glass paint. Lightly dab the little bubbles that pop up, or rub gently, depending on the look you’re after. I repeated this process 4 times, waiting just a few minutes in between the spritzing and spraying (the paint dries really fast).
So, my inspiration for a Mercury Glass Mason Jar Lantern was sparked this summer walking through Home Depot. I spotted a display of these beauties…
…but for $15 bucks a pop no way! I’ll make my own thankyouverymuch. For the lids I used Plastic Storage Caps not because I spray painted them with Chalk Board paint. But because I hot glued LED Battery-Operated Tap Lights, to the bottoms! The Tap Lights easily twist off the cap to change the batteries when needed.
I could have used the tops to real solar lights much like I did with my Mason Jar Solar Lanterns , but I wanted to use this Mercury version on my Christmas Mantle.
No sun necessary! I used silver jewelry wire to wrap around the top and twist together for a make shift handle. The great thing is these jars look just as pretty in the day…
…as they do at night!
What I really enjoy is the ability to use these indoor or outdoor. Having a party outside? Think about how fun these would be on a table. Just erase Santa’s chuckle after the holidays and they’re perfect any time of year.
I can’t wait to show you how they look on my mantle but I still have to finish it! When company comes over I can quickly open the jar, touch the light and have instant ambiance. Here is a picture of the Mercy Mason Jar Lanterns outside at night. I couldn’t believe how bright they are!Looking for a unique handmade gift for a Mercury Glass or Mason Jar collector? Or anyone really… who wouldn’t love this?
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