Faux Mercury Glass Trees ~ Another $Store Creation

So I raided my local Dollar Tree ~ Can’t you tell by all of these frugal projects lately!
 


These charming little trees were too cute to pass up – though a little too glitzy. Nothing a little paint couldn’t handle! I saw Let it Shine antique these trees on the DollarStoreCrafts and decided to try and make mine look like Mercury Glass instead.

I pulled out some silver and black acrylic paints and went to work.


I used a dry brush technique and gave them a light coat of silver to start. You want to use as little paint as possible. Dipping into the paint just a tad, wiping the excess off on a paper towel, lightly brush over the mirrored tiles.


While that is still drying, take your brush and lightly stipple on the black paint, again dapping any excess off on the paper towel. You want to make a random pattern and try not to apply that much black.


While the paint is still a little wet take an old cloth and wipe down the tree. You want to make sure that you apply pressure from the inside with your hand as you wipe, as the trees are not that durable.


Next, using the scratchy side of a scrub sponge you want to scrub the painted surface, scrapping off a bit of paint to expose the original mirrored tiles. You can see in the photo above where the paint is starting to chip away. The harder you scrub the more the paint is removed. Repeat the painting and ‘exfoliating’ process until you achieve a desired look. It took me approximately three coats.
I still don’t have a ‘home’ for them yet, (and boy are they hard to photograph) but here they are next to some other Mercury Glass pieces.
Not bad for one dollar…well, okay, two! Enjoy! XOXO
                  

Comments

  1. Wow, I saw these at my local Dollar store and couldn’t figure out how to de-shine them-you done a wonderful job! They are beautiful!

  2. Great idea!! They fit beautifully with your other mercury glass items. You did an awesome job. Thanks for the tutorial.
    Jane

  3. I have seen these at the dollar store and I have almost picked a couple of them up, but didn’t think they were entirely the look I wanted this season…after seeing this I now know what to do with them to make them fit in with the rest of my christmas decor. Thanks!

  4. What a great idea. They look just fabulous. I love them and displayed with the other mercury glass, they look stunning. Thanks for the tutorial. Hugs, Marty

  5. Such a clever idea! I too saw these shiny babies and wasn’t sure how to tone them down. Great tut!

  6. I would love to try this, thanks for sharing.

    Denise
    Denton, TX

  7. Shoot…I should have brought some of those trees home when I was at DT. I was in a hurry and had no vision. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Living it up at Lakewood,
    Cindy

  8. WOW that looks great. Im seriously going out to the dollar store today to see if they have these. I love it!!!

  9. Too cool! I’m going to try this one…thanks!

    Nancy

  10. I’m in love with this! You did a great job!! Glad to find you! I’m a faithful follower now.

  11. I’m lovin’ these! Too bad my dollar store is out of these trees. I finally bought some stuff yesterday to attempt the mercury glass look. I guess we’ll see how it comes out. Thanks for the little tutorial.

  12. You did an awesome job! The mercury glass look is sooo cool!

  13. WOW — how beautiful. I totally love them, and I’ll be hitting the dollar store today. Although after this post, they will probably be all sold out. Outstanding! I must go brag about you now!

  14. Love this idea..you are so creative!

  15. Love mercury glass and this idea is perfect. Hopefully there are some left at Dollar Tree! Thanks!

  16. Those look fantastic. When I saw the original tree, I was a bit skeptical, but the finished tree is fantastic. It really does look like mercury glass. I’ll have to hit my Dollar Tree tomorrow! Thanks for sharing.

  17. How cool and I love mercury glass. Gotta add these to the ever growing – will I ever get it done list of cool things to do.

    tammy

  18. You are so creative!!! I love mercury glass and have been seeing it everywhere recently. By the way, I love your beautiful home. I am definately going to start following your blog. Thanks for the idea!
    Love from
    Ramsey

  19. Wow! You turned those into beauties. Definitely need to try this.

  20. Brilliant! Or, maybe … less brilliant, and that is a good thing. Great treatment to tone down the mirrors.
    Cass

  21. Perfectly fabulous!

  22. Very cool! I am so going to the dollar store tomorrow.

  23. They look wonderful! Good job.

  24. Wow….I am impressed…good for one (ok two) clams! They really look great!

  25. Wow, they came out great!!

  26. I love it!

  27. Amazing! I love how they turned out.

  28. These look great! You should submit it to dollarstorecrafts.com.

  29. These are awesome–I love them
    Thanks for linking to the party.
    I will click to follow and add you to my subscriptions if you have that feature on your blog.

    Cheri

  30. You’ve been featured–come check it out.
    Cheri

  31. Wonderful idea.
    Joyce

  32. Stephanie Lynn,

    I featured your fabulous faux mercury glass tree decorations in my Frugalicious Friday recap! Thanks for sharing and for linkin’ up!

    Jane @ Finding Fabulous

  33. These look great! Gotta love an awesome $store find like those!!

  34. Wow! I love them!! I can’t wait to give this a try. I am filing this away at thecraftersfilebox.com.

    Thanks so much for sharing! :)

  35. These turned out great. Love it!

  36. I think that it is the best you can afford with a dollar.
    Nevertheless I did not meant that it sucks but it is completely incredible stuff!
    Crafts are great!

  37. i like mercury glass but we can increase the beauty by glass paint on it.

        

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