faux mercury vase

Photo: Sabra Krock

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Grace Bonney
Author of Design*Sponge at Home

"I really love doing DIY mercury glass because I feel that shininess, especially on votives and vases, feels very special for the holidays. For a centerpiece: Get inexpensive, clear glass containers from thrift stores or flea markets and apply faux silver-leaf (found at any craft store) to the inside of the vessel using spray fixative. It looks so similar to mercury glass and it costs a tenth of the price of the real thing. Pile fruit or beautiful ornaments in them for an eye-catching display."
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