You CAN Make This Faux Mercury Glass Tumbler in a Half Hour

diy mercury glass tumblers

Transform those boring plain tumblers at home with a touch of mid-century style (hello, Roger Sterling!). You can give them a mercury-glass look with a can of mirror-finish spray paint and just a few simple steps. Here’s your quick guide.

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What You’ll Need:

  • Glass tumblers
  • Mirror-finish spray paint
  • Painter’s tape
  • Paper towels
  • Spray bottle
  • White vinegar
  • Water

diy mercury glass tumblers

Step 1: Thoroughly clean the glass tumblers with warm soap and water, then dry. Using the painters tape, make a clean line exposing the area to be painted. Cover the area that will not be painted with paper towels and tape.

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Step 2: Mix a solution of equal parts water and white vinegar in a spray bottle. I used a half-cup each. Shake together.

diy mercury glass tumblers

Step 3: Turn tumbler upside down and lightly spray with the vinegar solution. Next, apply a light layer of spray paint to the exposed glass. Allow to dry for one minute.

diy mercury glass tumblers

Step 4: After one minute, dab off freshly painted area with a paper towel. The areas that were treated with the vinegar solution will reveal a crackled effect.

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Step 5: Pour yourself a drink and enjoy!

Photos by Alexis Jonnson for The Nest

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