These last few months of the year are usually so festive, and one of the most charming things to see is the lights. Oh, the pretty lights! Houses are decorated inside and out to celebrate the season, with some going all out in the light department.

Candles, lanterns, or string lights are pretty enough on their own, but when combined with the right accent, they can add a touch of glam or ambiance to a space.  If you’re looking for a creative way to jazz up your home for the holidays or other special occasion, try some lit-up mercury bottles!

This project from the crafty team of DIYers at The Sassy Sparrow gives old glass bottles an antique look with a shiny, mercury silver finish. Though stylish on their own, the finished bottles are highlighted by the soft glow of string lights. Check out this project on how to make your own mercury glass!

DIY Mercury Bottles

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  • Glass jars or bottles (empty and cleaned out)
  • Krylon brand Looking Glass Mirror-Like Paint
  • Paper towels or old newspaper
  • Spray bottle filled with a half-and-half mix of vinegar and water


  1. Prep the Area

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    In a well-ventilated area, spread some newspaper or paper towels onto your work surface.

  2. Paint It

    Spray one coat of paint onto the outside of the glass, but don’t allow it to dry.

  3. Mist It

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    Set the spray bottle to mist, and spray the water/vinegar mix on top of the painted glass. Let it sit for about 1 minute.

  4. Blot It

    Blot, but do not rub the water specks on the glass with a paper towel. It should start to form a pattern and your glass should be transparent on some parts. For different effects, you can apply pressure while you dab or wipe the paint away for a distressed or worn look.

  5. Dry It

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    Allow to dry completely if satisfied with the final look.

  6. Repeat It

    As an option, you can repeat the process by adding another layer of paint to the glass and following the rest of the steps in the process.


For this project, white Christmas lights were strewn inside and around the finished bottles and arranged on a mantelpiece. The shape of the soda bottles adds rustic charm to the décor. You can also mix up the type of glass container you use for this project. It’s totally your choice. Why not grab a vase, votive holders, or jelly and Mason jars?

If you decide to use a larger glass container, be sure not to miss the bottom. Simply flip the glass onto its top to spray the entire piece. For multiple coats of paint, give the item about two minutes to dry between coats and mist. Once your final spray-mist-blot job is done and dry, add candles, flowers, or string lights to yours too! These not only look pretty in your home, but also make fantastic gifts!

Your mercury glass can be turned into a centerpiece, or be displayed throughout your house. What a way to brighten things up in the dead and dark of winter! They could even bedeck a wedding reception. Visit The Sassy Sparrow’s blog for more info on this project. Have you ever made your own mercury glass before? Are you a fan of this vintage look? Share with us in the comments!