Are you getting ready for the holiday season? It seems to come earlier and earlier each year! Last year I remember complaining that stores were parallel processing, selling Thanksgiving and Christmas decor at the same time. But this year I saw Christmas ornaments in one isle and Halloween candy in the next! Now I am scrambling to get our Christmas shopping started, I mean, if they can do it, I guess I can, too.
Pottery Barn is selling these absolutely gorgeous gold and mercury glass ornaments, I mean, they sure know how to do things right. I thought I'd try my hand at DIYing my own version.
- Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint
- Heavy Duty Glass Balls Clear Glass, 80mm
- Krylon Premium Metallic Spray Paint, Gold or Martha Stewart Acrylic Metallic Paint, Gold
- Martha Stewart Crafts Modern Festive Twine or Natural Jute Twine in Dispenser Can
- Use the Krylon Looking Glass as directed and spray inside of the glass ornaments. I would pay a little extra for a higher quality glass ornaments, the 80mm glass. they will hold up better over time and they're a closer match to what the inspiration, Pottery Barn sells. Plan to do several very light coats of spray paint.
- You should dry the bulb upside down in between coats.
- You can add the hints of gold one of two ways. You can do a very light coat of gold spray paint, like Krylon's Metallic Spray Paint. Or you can add touches of gold using craft paint and a thin brush, using something like Martha Stewart's Acrylic paint.
- I used Natural Jute Twine to hang my bulbs, it's a close match to the original. But I thought this red and white Festive Baker's Twine would be cute, too.
See how pretty the light is, shining through the bulb? It really glows. I love how vintage metals add some aged weight to Christmas decor, even when it's brand new "aged" metallic bulbs.
Cost: theirs, 6 for $29.50 | Mine: 6 for $6 bucks
[but I did already have the spray paint from this Mercury Glass Crate and Barrel Hack -here- & -here- Even if I had to buy paint it would have been 6 bulbs for $16 with tons of paint left over.]