Decorating with Mercury Glass

I love having something shiny and glowy on the mantel when it’s  dreary outside.  January is normally one of our coldest dreariest months.

Mercury Glass

So  I brought out my mercury glass collection and decorated my fireplace mantel with it.

mercury glass candle holders


So weird… apparently I decorate my mantel with mercury glass every January! See this post in Jan of 2009, or this post Jan 2010, or this post Jan 2012!  At least  in Jan 2011 I changed it up and did this colorful mantel.

mercury glass collection

I also apparently go to Ikea every January. Hmmmm…I had no idea I was such a creature of habit – ummm tradition…now I’m just going to call it a tradition.

mercury glass votives


It’s our “tradition” to go to Ikea every January and to decorate the fireplace mantel with mercury glass every January…. (sounds better than I do the same thing every year).

mercury glass vignette

I did add some tarnished silver serving trays to my mantel this year. I really love the juxtaposition of the tarnished with the shiny.

mercury glass display

Faux Mercury glass objects are available pretty much everywhere these days (especially at Christmas).

However, if you can’t find any,  it’s pretty easy  and affordable to make knockoffs.

Here are a couple of  Mercury Glass tutorials that I think do a good job explaining the process. They’re all a little different but they all use  Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint.

  1. Faux Mercury Glass Tutorial @ Take the Side Street
  2. DIY Mercury Glass Tutoria @  Lovely Little Details
  3. Faux Mercury Glass @ Blue Cedar Lane
  4. Mercury Glass Plates @ The Shabby Creek Cottage

                                                            Have a great weekend!


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  1. says

    Very pretty. The offer is still on for you to come decorate my house with ‘found’ objects from my closets. Husband would tell you there’s a lot to be found. But, probably none of matching, except my hurricane lamps! I bet you could come up w/some theme.

  2. says

    Your habit – I mean tradition is very pretty!!! I also am a creature of habit. Hey – If it works! 😀 Good thing there is not an ikea close to me, as I suspect I would spend to much time and money there.
    Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

  3. says

    One of the things I love most about Christmas is bringing out some of my favorite things. Mine are glass icicles, and this year I bought a mercury glass one. Love your tradition.

  4. says

    Your fireplace mantel looks beautiful with the mercury glass on it. I love the tarnished silver behind it, in front of the mirror. It’s a really fabulous look!

  5. says

    Love all the silver and mercury glass. Looks perfect for January. I’m not normally a fan of mercury glass, but when you integrate it with the tarnished silver, I love that look.

  6. says

    Manuela, I love the look of Mercury glass! Your mantel is gorgeous and so pretty for the cold month of January. Now that my chrismas decorations are down, it kind of looks bare at my house. I was toying around with a vignette for my mantel but haven’t come up with anything I like. I looked at your post from last year and I have a round heart mirror very similar to your mirror. It’s hanging in our home office. I love the lighter look that you are embracing now on your mantel! Of course everything you do looks great.

  7. Debbie says

    Thanks for the faux tutorials. I love the look of it, but the only piece I have is a globe that I got for Christmas. I am too broke to buy any any time soon, too.

  8. says

    Your mercury glass is so pretty and you always arrange it wonderfully! I saw a lot of it out this Christmas season as I shopped TJ Maxx, Michaels, and HomeGoods. I keep trying to find a way to make it fit in here!

    Have a wonderful week!

  9. says

    I’ve found there’s nothing like a blog to remind you of all your hab…I mean traditions, lol. I apparently have traditional meals set deep into each month of the year and a tradition of fretting over when autumn is going to arrive (this year I noted that it’s NOVEMBER) and a tradition of…well you get the idea.

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