Mercury Glass Project

Up·cy·cle // Verb

  1. reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original.
    “the opportunity to upcycle trash, or turn it into new products, was vast”

For a while now, I’ve really enjoyed the idea of taking something you have and turning it into something completely different. I think I’m also in love with up-cycling because it’s thrifty and it reminds me to use what I have instead of going out to the store for something new. Today, I decided to take sauce jars and make them into candle holder using some Rustoleum Mirror Effect Spray Paint. I also found a glass heart shape bowl that has been tucked away in a closet somewhere for the last 4 years and I’ve never liked it enough to put it out in our apartment…until today. I decided to add the mirror effect spray paint to give it a whole new look. Here’s how it turned out…

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Use a spray bottle to lightly mist water on the inside of the jar/glass dish you’re using. Then lightly spray on the mirror effect spray paint. Let it dry for a few minutes and then using an old rag/paper towel, gently dab off the water. The idea is to leave it looking some what distressed.IMG_2068 IMG_2067 IMG_2069


Let dry and then check to see if it looks the way you want it to look. For me, being my first time doing this craft I added a few more coats of the mirror effect spray paint until I decided it looked to my liking.


You can also add a metallic gold craft paint to the inside to give it a more golden look. I did not have this paint on hand today, so next time I go to the craft store I’ll be picking some up so I can try that look next time. I really do love mercury glass, here’s a shot of the jar I spray painted today and a mercury glass votive candle holder from Target.

IMG_2072I do like the golden look that the votive candle holder on the left has, but I tried hard to use what I had in the apartment today so mine on the right will have to do for now.

Here’s a few more shots with a candle inside the mercury glass jar that I created today…

Here’s a few other things I decided to spray paint using the mirror effect today for your viewing pleasure!

The options are endless!


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