DIY Mercury Glass Pumpkins

September 23, 2016

Create the look of mercury glass without the price of an antique with these DIY Mercury Glass Pumpkins made in a just a few easy steps!

I was provided product samples free of charge from Oriental Trading in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was provided for this post.

DIY Mercury Glass Pumpkins

It’s that time of year when I need to stay far, far away from home decor catalogs and websites.  That period between Halloween and Christmas makes me want to decorate the house like crazy! I could spend a fortune on pumpkins, owls, skulls, and more!  Of course, I don’t.  So instead, I try to replicate those looks and designs in my own home.

I am a big fan of rustic farmhouse decor and anything vintage and antique has my heart.  So for fall this year, I wanted to bring some of that design inspiration into my DIY projects.  One thing I’ve been dying to try is imitating the look of mercury glass.  Most projects use this technique on glass objects.  I opted to try the look on a ceramic surface using mirror finish spray paint and mix of water and white vinegar.

DIY Mercury Glass Pumpkins

I have many crafty addictions, but one of them is definitely spray paint.  When my husband and I venture to home improvement stores, he has to keep me far away from the spray paint aisle!  If not, I’ll come barreling back to him with at least three new cans of paint in my arms (and, believe me, I still have a wishlist of paint colors to pick up!).

One of my last spray paint purchases was a can of mirror finish paint.  I don’t even remember why I had originally purchased it, but it certainly came in handy for this project!  I’ve researched so many different ways to mimic a mercury glass finish, but decided to go my own route with these pumpkins.  After a little trial and error, I finally achieved the antique, mercury glass look I was going for!

DIY Mercury Glass Pumpkins


  • Ceramic pumpkins
  • Mirror finish spray paint
  • Spray bottle
  • White vinegar
  • Water


  1. In a spray bottle, combine one part water and one part white vinegar.  Close the top and give it a good shake to mix.
  2. Spray one coat of mirror finish spray paint on the surface of the pumpkin.
  3. While the pumpkin is still wet, spray the water and vinegar mixture all over the pumpkin.
  4. Working quickly, spray another coat of mirror finish spray paint on the pumpkins.
  5. Allow paint to dry completely before displaying.

DIY Mercury Glass Pumpkins


Need more DIY Halloween inspiration?  Head to Oriental Trading for costumes, candy, craft items, and more! You can find the ceramic pumpkins used in this project on Oriental Trading’s website.

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