November 5, 2014

DIY ∙Pottery Barn∙ Mercury Glass Ornaments

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.



  1. 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. 
  2. You should dry the bulb upside down in between coats. 
  3. 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.
  4. 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.]

This my favorite image, you can see the texture of the bulb. I know it's still early November, so I look forward to seeing all the fun Christmas decor you do this season. Here's a few more holiday ornaments you might like:

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