DIY Arranging Flowers & Mercury Glass Vases

I’m sure you’ve seen mercury glass everywhere over the last few years. Pottery Barn has it all over its catalogs. I bought some candlesticks at the holidays from TJMaxx. The trend is not exactly new but I like the look. During the holidays I noticed that many bloggers were making their own mercury glass ornaments and I even bought the glass balls and paint to make them myself but I never found the time.

Learn about arranging flowers and making your own mercury glass vases from thrift store finds.

On my trip to Trader Joes I found so beautiful flowers and really wanted to bring brightness and beauty into the home so I thought I’d post how I arrange flowers. On my way home I stopped at the  Goodwill and found a couple of great glass bowls to use as vases for my flowers. Total cost, $2.10.

Learn about arranging flowers and making your own mercury glass vases from thrift store finds.

Then I thought, why not try the faux mercury glass effect on these items. I dug the Krylon mirror spray paint out and went to town. They turned out pretty good. You can find the how-to all over the place online but the gist of it is; you spray the inside of your item lightly with the paint. Wait a couple of minutes then spray with a fine mister of water and vinegar in a 1 to 1 ratio. Take a paper towel and dab here and there to get the effect you desire. Wait another couple of minutes and repeat. Continue or stop if you like what you have done. Overall pretty easy and the more you practice the better the effect. Isn’t that true with everything.

Now for the flowers:

I used some chicken wire for structure. You can also use thin pieces of tape in a criss-cross fashion across the top but the chicken wire works really well for a short bowl like this one.

Learn about arranging flowers and making your own mercury glass vases from thrift store finds.

Simply arrange your flowers by placing the largest first. In this case the hydrangea.
Add the next largest flowers in next and fill in with the filler material or most delicate last.

Learn about arranging flowers and making your own mercury glass vases from thrift store finds.

Turn as you go to make sure it looks good from all sides. Fill with water and set out for all to admire.

Learn about arranging flowers and making your own mercury glass vases from thrift store finds.

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Learn about arranging flowers and making your own mercury glass vases from thrift store finds.

 

About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Garden Matter, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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Comments

  1. Lisa Barker says:

    I love this Patti…so, so pretty!

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