Mercury Glass Pumpkins: Luxe Method {DIY Tutorial}


Yes, that above, my dear friends, is THE mercury glass pumpkin that I created. Me. I know, I am on a roll. What can I say? I’m just really inspired lately to create and share projects with you all. Are you all enjoying them? Am I posting too much? Let me know!

On Tuesday, I posted a thrifty method for DIY-ing mercury glass, but I promised I’d come back with a tutorial on how to create the effect on glass (which is far more realistic, but a smidge more expensive…sorry!)

I hope this tutorial is easy to follow, but if any of my projects are ever unclear, feel free to leave me comment so I can clarify.


Glass pumpkin/vase/bowl you want to mercury glass-ify (I snagged my glass pumpkin from Goodwill for $4)
-Krylon’s Looking Glass Spray or the Rustoleum version (Both are on Amazon Prime!)
-A spray bottle with water
-A way to prop your item to dry

Here’s my glass pumpkin:

I made sure to thoroughly clean it and make sure there weren’t any smudges.

Got my Krylon looking glass paint ready + my water sprayer thingy. I then sprayed the inside of the pumpkin about 5-6 times and I swished (like my technical terms?) the water around so it coated all the inside of the pumpkin. If you got spray happy, like I did, give your pumpkin a quick, firm shake over a sink to get rid of the puddle on the bottom. Then, very, VERY lightly, coat the inside of the pumpkin with a light coat of the looking glass paint. Leave it upside for a moment so it has time to set and run down the sides.

And I also did the same to the lid:

After a few minutes (I’d say 3-4 minutes), prop your pumpkin/vessel so it can dry. I got creative and used 2 boxes on Pantene intense hair conditioner. Hey, it’s what I had on hand. You can see I propped the lid on the stem so it could also air dry. Let them be for about 30 minutes.


And again, spray the inside with water and do another LIGHT coat of the looking glass spray. Let it dry an hour or so if this is your last coat and you’re satisfied with the coverage. If you’re not, do another coat. I was happy with it after 2 coats for 2 reasons- one being I didn’t want it to be too opaque and the second being that this spray is hard to find and I want to preserve it. I’m honest, y’all.
Once it’s all dry, you can marvel at your creation. I have some actual mercury glass, and I took a picture of it so you can get an idea of the imperfect finish it has (which is what we’re aiming for!)


See how it’s not opaque and there are circles/streaks? That’s what you want, so don’t worry about doing this wrong. If it’s wrong, you don’t wanna be right. Embrace the imperfections!
And I wanted to embrace my gorgeous pumpkin! Ain’t she a beauty?! If you want to make that frosted glass striped candle holder in the background, here’s the tutorial.


This Krylon spray is like a miracle worker…it turns the ordinary into extraordinary. You can even see my reflection in this photo:



If you’d like to make the smaller pumpkins in the photo below, you can learn how to do that here.



Easy enough, right? I plan on making a couple of Christmas gifts using this method. I know of a couple of glass containers I have that would benefit from a little makeover. Again, the looking glass spray can ONLY be used on glass, but if you’re not too heavy handed with it, you could use it to make 5+ mercury glass containers, so that’d be about $2.50 each if you divide the cost of 1 can by 5 projects. Or make sure to print a coupon if you’re shopping at places like JoAnn’s, Michaels or Hobby Lobby.

Overall, this is WAY cheaper than paying $29 for the small mercury glass pumpkin over at Pottery Barn.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my tutorial.

Are you looking for more pumpkin ideas? I have plenty more over here.



  1. Brooke
    September 15, 2011 / 1:34 pm

    one of these days i'm going to have enough money to make you move to TN and put you on retainer to decorate my home!!

  2. Naomi
    September 15, 2011 / 7:27 pm

    Wow, that turned out really nice! Thanks for the tips!

  3. Carolyn
    September 15, 2011 / 7:31 pm

    I actually have that exact glass pumpkin that I bought years ago. I am going on the hunt for Looking Glass paint.

  4. Glenda
    September 15, 2011 / 8:09 pm

    Beautiful! I love decorating for fall. Thanks so much for the great ideas.

  5. Kathy
    September 15, 2011 / 8:15 pm

    I love that! Great job.

  6. Candace @NaturallyEducational
    September 16, 2011 / 4:42 am

    You are a wizard! Love the effect! Thanks for sharing how you did it!You should really teach classes!

  7. Miz
    September 16, 2011 / 10:00 am

    OH to have your skills.

  8. Miz
    September 16, 2011 / 10:00 am

    OH to have your skills.

  9. Erica
    September 16, 2011 / 3:15 pm

    Wow, that's so cool! Totally going through your DIY tag to snag more ideas. 🙂

  10. Rebecca E. Parsons/Cre8Tiva
    September 19, 2011 / 2:36 pm

    MONICA: THIS ROCKS!!! Just browsing for the M&M's shop and had to comment…way cool. I would love to have this as a guest spot on my maga/blog…interested???

  11. Stef at
    September 20, 2011 / 3:16 am

    This is the second "Mercury Glass" post I've seen in the last few weeks. I LOVE the look! I'm terrified to try it though… silly me!

  12. AmyRuth
    September 23, 2011 / 3:05 am

    Hi there,I found you from @JessicaThinkies. ha ha I live in COMO but lived in Tejas. Woohoo Love your pumpkins and even have one of those clear glass pumpkin candy jars in my stash. Hmm I love what you've done with them. AmyRuth

  13. Lana
    September 23, 2011 / 6:57 pm

    Thanks for the tips! I followed over from Cre8tiveCompass. 🙂

  14. Lesley Anne
    September 24, 2011 / 11:42 am

    I'm over from Creative Compass too. Loved this tutorial, def. going to try it.

  15. Carole
    July 26, 2012 / 4:15 am

    I came across your blog while researching how to use the mirror glass paint. I bought a can some months back, and since that time have tried two different methods, both that gave "adequate" results, but not quite what I was looking for. Both tutorials required using excessive amounts of paint, then wiping or scraping it off for that 'vintage' look. I have to tell you….I just finished using your technique and it's by far the best. Works like a charm. I'm so excited! So thank you for sharing. :-)I just bought a clear glass pumpkins (after thrifting one a few years ago) and can't wait to play with it. Thanks again!

  16. angie gra
    August 6, 2012 / 5:28 pm

    Wow Monica, this is one amazing project. I am definitely going to do this. I hope I can find the paint.Thanks for sharing.

  17. natalieshawn
    August 16, 2012 / 4:09 pm

    Another great tutorial!! I'm off to the thrift store and Walmart to look for that paint!!! Going to pin this too!!!

  18. Gabrielle Gorog
    September 2, 2012 / 7:10 pm

    I love this. I just started collecting a bunch of cheap glass from yard sales and second hand stores. I am going to search for that paint today. I have seen other tutorials that use a half water/vinegar mix to spray on, before the paint. Not sure why…??? I am going to try and turn an old frame into a creepy mirror with this technique, with a scary picture that will hopefully vaguely show through. We will see how it goes 🙂

  19. B @ Time To Start Over
    October 11, 2012 / 7:50 pm

    How durable is the finish once dry? On an item that is to be used, like a vase or apothecary jar, does putting things in it scrape off the paint? I want to do some containers for my bathroom to keep cotton balls, qtips, etc in but since they'll be functional, I'm worried about the looking glass paint rubbing off.

  20. Carole
    October 19, 2012 / 4:22 pm

    I personally wouldn't use the containers for storing things, but that's just me. That said, on the candle holder that I painted yesterday, the finish is pretty durable, though can be scraped off with a fingernail if you try hard enough.I painted my pumpkin and absolutely love it! Again, thanks for the tutorial.

  21. Theresa
    October 23, 2012 / 3:31 pm

    I love the seasonal looks that can go into the next & this has gorgeous results! Thanks for the tutorial. Visiting from drop by anytime.

  22. Katie Gilliam
    November 7, 2012 / 9:25 pm

    I have done this with plates & vases that I used for my wedding centerpieces! I used a vinegar/water mix to "bead" the paint though & then let it dry for about 10 minutes & dabbed up any excess water with a paper towel. Also, if you put a coat of clear finish over the top it prevents the Looking Glass pain from wearing off.

  23. Monica Benavidez
    October 23, 2013 / 11:54 pm

    This works really well!