Today I wanted to share with you my latest project which I just completed for DecoArt, faux mercury glass Christmas ornaments. I know, it's not even Thanksgiving yet! But for those of us who craft and create, we need to get a jump start on the season, right?!
So, here is what I came up with............
Do love mercury glass as much as I do?
I just adore it and can't seem to get enough of it!
So, I decided to create these using plain ol' clear plastic ornaments!
Yep, I used plastic! While I would rather have glass ornaments, I didn't want to worry about breakage if I were to ship these. So after much debate, I went with the plastic (you can easily find them at Hobby Lobby or Michael's).
For my project, I wanted to make a coordinating storage box. Something that would not only be a convenient place to store the ornaments after the holidays, but would be a pretty addition to Christmas decor.
I decided on a French theme, all dusted with plenty of glitter!
(still holding Paris close to my thoughts and prayers.)
I sat up my little faux tree in our sunroom for the photo shoot.
Making the ornaments was a bit of a process. But thru trial and error, and more than a bit of lack of patience, (I might have tossed out a few 4 letter words, gasp!), I finally got the look I was going for!
First, you spray a fine mist of water into the insides of each ornament.
Squirt in a bit of metallic silver paint...............
Sprinkle in a generous amount of fine silver glitter (I know, you are shocked by that, right?!)
Then swirl it around in the ball.
Place them upside down in disposable cups overnight.
If you are like me, you can't stand the thought of wasting anything!
Don't worry, you can reuse the excess paint for another project if you wish!
I was really liking the look so far.
But, the next day, not so much!
More of the paint drained out than I had expected, and I just wasn't happy with how things were looking.
So, a bit of brainstorming, and I decided to swirl in some more silver paint, along with just a few squirts of black to give more depth and again.
Ahhh, just what I was going for!
I repeated the steps a few times, letting the excess paint drain out overnight.
It took quite awhile for the paint to totally dry inside.
Then I could begin decoupaging them!
I found my images on Pinterest, as well as the Graphic's Fairy.
Those pretty butterflies are from the premium membership that I bought from the Graphic's Fairy (love!!).
And surprise, more glitter was added!
I tied narrow silver ribbon to the caps, and must say I am really happy with the end result!
Who would guess that these are just plastic?
I bought a large paper mache box, which I painted with chalky finish paint.
Then I decoupaged the sides and lid with my French graphics, and dusted with more glitter.
Pretty creamy cotton lace trim was added to the lid as a final touch.
Here is one more look..........
Hope this enspires you to create something fun and glittery!