I love having something shiny and glowy on the mantel when it’s dreary outside. January is normally one of our coldest dreariest months.
So I brought out my mercury glass collection and decorated my fireplace mantel with it.
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.
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.
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).
I did add some tarnished silver serving trays to my mantel this year. I really love the juxtaposition of the tarnished with the shiny.
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.
- Faux Mercury Glass Tutorial @ Take the Side Street
- DIY Mercury Glass Tutoria @ Lovely Little Details
- Faux Mercury Glass @ Blue Cedar Lane
- Mercury Glass Plates @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Have a great weekend!