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Vintage Glam: Winter Edition

The time for Christmas decorating is such a short window; what about something that carries through winter? After Christmas, I need a little carrying-through the winter season. I introduce to you: Vintage Glam: Winter Edition. Mercury glass styled jars with rusty lids.

Overall this project wasn’t very difficult; just a little time in monitoring the progress of the rusty lids and the time it took opening Krylon’s Looking Glass paint. Krylon really nailed the safety of their cap… My patience on a normal day is that of a 6 year old, waiting in an hour-long line to see Santa; so I called-in the heavy artillery after the cap’s insert to pry the lid off didn’t work. I am not kidding you that I had to beat the lid senseless with a a screwdriver, hammer and pair of pliers. Then when the cap finally did come off… There was a whole second cap inside! Do you know what my face had to look like when I saw that second cap? It was as if Krylon knew how difficult this cap was to take off that they intentionally added the second cap, just to mess with me. I would guarantee the inventors of Krylon’s Looking Glass paint are sitting in a room somewhere; laughing, thinking about everyone’s faces after mastering the cap, only to discover the second cap. – If you try this project: please, PLEASE share with me what the cap to your Looking Glass paint looked-like after opening. We could really have something here! Like the mannequin or running man challenge, only for crafters.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Canning Jars
  • Krylon Looking Glass
  • Distilled White Vinegar
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Salt
  • Baking Soda
  • Sandpaper
  • Spray Bottle
  • Bucket or Plastic Tub
  • Paper Towels
  • Styling Decor (floral, candles, decorative box, etc.)

The styling decor I used was from the shop:

Here’s a secret, I NEVER use a full spread when decorating. Audrey’s florals are so packed with a variety, I only needed one spread that I dismantled and had enough for several jars.

Mercury Glass Jars

For this process you’ll need the glass jar(s), Krylon’s Looking Glass paint, spray bottle, distilled white vinegar, water and paper towels. Before you begin, you’ll want to take the lids off the canning jars and sit them to the side.

First, in your spray bottle: mix 50% distilled white vinegar with 50% water.

Yep. There it is… Next step, after you’ve opened the Looking Glass paint (best of luck to you), spray your glass jars. The technique that I found worked the best, was to aim the paint towards the ground. Once the jars are fully coated and still wet, spray with the vinegar/water mixture. It will look something like this:

In approximately ten minutes, blot the containers with paper towels. You’ll see the speckling start to appear on the jars.

Last step is let dry!

Rusty Metal Lids

To oxidize your canning lids, you’ll need a bucket or rubber tub, jar lid(s), sandpaper, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide and baking soda.

The jar lids have a coating on them so you’ll need to sand them down first. I was a little nervous about seeing the sanding lines on the lids, but when oxidizing, this will disappear in the mixture.

In your bucket or tub, add enough salt to heavily coat the bottom and place your lids on top. Then add enough hydrogen peroxide to fully cover the lids. Add 1/4 the amount of distilled white vinegar and then just a splash of baking soda. You’ll see the mixture begin to fizzle. It’s not until the mixture starts turning brown that the lids are oxidizing. How well the lids are sanded and how rusted you’d like the appearance, will determine the length of time. The time could range anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours. Keep checking the lids for progress and then once satisfied, run under water and set on paper towels for drying.

Styling Options

Now the fun part! Screw your lids back on the jars and style.

Here are a few different styling options for you with everything from floral to flameless candles. Thank you for following along with us!


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