The time has come. The time where all the Christmas ads come out, the Christmas music is blasted through the stores and everyone becomes full of merriment and cheer - it's the most wonderful time of the year! Yes, I am well aware it's only the beginning of November (and I have an idealized view of Christmas), but while I was running errands today, I heard Christmas music and the new Pottery Barn catalog came in the mail so bring on Christmas (after Thanksgiving, of course)!
Once the music is busted out, I go Christmas decorating insane. One of the worst things for me is... the Pottery Barn catalog. I've already told you it came in the mail, and yes, it is dog-eared. I found these while perusing over the perfect homes in the perfect pictures.
The Paros Mercury Glass Lanterns... aren't they cute?
There was a part of me that cringed at them too - mainly because of the price... and because I find it odd that they are outside in the "snow." Who would put these outside where they can get stepped on? Also, we don't have a mantle in this house so even if I did buy them, I needed to navigate where they would go. As I was having this little internal conflict, I remembered a pin:
It was a little helpful blurb on ivillage
about how you can make your own mercury glass. Yes please. Lucky for me I had everything I needed (okay not everything
) so I could get to work! I grabbed some of the supplies and got moving. I have to say, this is ridiculously easy.
Get ready, here it is. Spray your chosen glass with water (I used a pasta sauce jar). Now spray it with the Krylon Looking Glass spray. Let it dry. Yup... that's it. I did one with a single coat and one with a double coat and honestly, I like them both. Once the jars were dry I fastened some steel wire to the jars to look like a handle and BAM - done!
What do you think? Now to find their perfect Christmas home in the house - suggestions?