Today I’m sharing my second ornament DIY I made this year. If you missed last week’s, you can check out my DIY icicle ornaments tutorial for another simple project.
We all know ornaments get pretty expensive. This was our first year together in the house so I didn’t have any decor to reuse from last year, and after browsing Target’s adorable ornament section, I knew right away I’d have to come up with a few more affordable DIY solutions. $3 or more for an ornament just didn’t seem worth it to me.
While I was browsing the aisles in Hobby Lobby I saw some clear glass bulbs and suddenly my mercury glass tutorial using spray paint popped in my head.
This tutorial is only 2 steps and SUPER easy. The ornaments look beautiful hanging on our tree, especially when the lights are turned on and the bulbs reflect the light.
Keep reading to see how I made these mercury glass ornaments…
- Large glass bulbs, $4 on sale for a set of 4 at Hobby Lobby
- Mirror effect spray paint, $9 Amazon
- Paper towel
*If you remember from my mercury glass vase tutorial, I sprayed the inside of the vase to achieve the mirrored look on the outside. For the bulbs, I experimented first by removing the metal topper and spraying the inside of the bulb. I then experimented by spraying the outside on another bulb and decided I liked the outside look better so that’s what I did to the remaining bulbs.
I also previously sprayed water on the object I was painting to help achieve the mercury glass look. But because I wanted a very light coat of paint, I skipped the water part.
VERY lightly spray the outside of the glass bulb. I wanted a light coat so you could still see through the glass rather than an all-silver bulb. The key to spraying lightly with a spray paint can is by softly pressing the nozzle so it sprays out in specks rather than a whole coat. If you accidentally spray too much (which I did a few times) and it starts to run, you can quickly wipe it off and spray it lightly again. The bulbs that turned out the best were the ones I lightly sprayed and didn’t have to wipe so you can’t see any “streaks”.
If you want a more finished look, I would spray the bulbs with water first so there are droplets, then spray the paint with a slightly heavier hand.
Once your bulbs are dry, tie twine string loops to hang them and that’s it!
I love how easy they are to make and how beautiful they look hanging on our tree! They really glimmer in the lights.