Faux Mercury Glass Ornament {PB Knockoff}

Once again, Pottery Barn has inspired me to create something fabulous!  Today I am going to share with you my Faux Mercury Glass Ornament!

faux mercury glass ornament

 Wanna see a pic of my original inspiration?

Pottery Barn Mercury Glass Polar Bear Ornament

 Here’s what you need to make your own!

Power drill with 1/32 drill bit

17/32 inch screw eyes

Plastic polar bear figurine

Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint

Ribbon or twine (to hang)

Ever since the foot going through the glass stitches incident {you can read about that here}, I am not allowed to use power tools.  {Or any tools for that matter..LOL}  So I enlisted the help of my non-bloggin’ hubby to help me drill a hole in my polar bear.  Find the bear’s center of gravity and use that as a mark of where to drill your hole.

Next, I screwed in one of the screw eyes until it was secure.

Then the bear and I took a little trip to the spray paint area in my garage.  I applied five light coats of Krylon Looking Glass spray and let it dry over night.

Be sure to use a sealant after the paint has dried (otherwise it will leave marks).

Once the ornament was dry, I attached some red ribbon to hang it from the tree.

faux mercury glass ornament

I ADORE this ornament!  Personally, I think my Faux Mercury Glass Ornament looks better than the original!


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About Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

Jill Fritz is a full time outside the home working mommy turned craft blogger. She offers craft/DIY tutorials for Pinterest addicts, craft junkies, DIY fanatics and busy mamas. Jill started Create.Craft.Love. as place to showcase her craftiness and to encourage others to do the same. Create.Craft.Love is a place where passion and creativity collide!


  1. I love a girl who can create a great knockoff! I did something similar for our wedding and they turned out amazing! New to your blog by way of the blog hop. So glad to have found your creative spot on the web:)


  2. Love it, Jill! I bought the same Looking Glass spraypaint and had no idea what to do with it…LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!

  3. This is awesome!!! I love spray paint :)

    Brie @ Breezy Pink Daisies

  4. Yes, looks much nicer! Luv.

  5. oooh love how this turned out! i need to get some of that spraypaint!!
    — jackiejade.blogspot.com

  6. I love this, Jill!! You could use this effect on anything to make it festive!

    • Jill @ Create.Craft.Love. says:

      Thanks Adrianne! You could just go through the entire PB catalog and start spray painting stuff!

  7. WOW! That looks fabulous!

  8. Love, love, love it! I think it turned out better than the PB one too!:)

  9. Hi Jill wondeful idea!!!! Thank you so much for sharing and have a merry Christmas!!!

  10. Beautiful! Found you on Artsey Corner. So glad I did. I love your blog. Will be following!

  11. This is probably one of my ABSOLUTE favorite holiday projects to date…. I want one!! Need to add to my To-Do list for next year :) This was brilliant. LOVE!!!

  12. Oh my god! I love this ornament. Where can I get this glass bear? :)

  13. So cool. Pinned!

  14. L O V E – shared it on my FB page…xo

  15. Super cute! I love the painted animal figurines so much! Did you have any trouble with the paint sliding off on the plastic?

    • Jill @ Create.Craft.Love. says:

      No! But it took forever to dry. The sealant helped protect it from getting all over your hands. LOL

  16. Please – what type sealant did you you use? I agree- yours is better than the PB bear. Yours had more detail! Beautiful and the possibilities are endless !

    • Jill @ Create.Craft.Love. says:

      Thanks so much, Judy! I used the Krylon Make It Last. You can find it at Michaels! Merry Christmas!

  17. You did an amazing job! No one would ever know that the figurine is plastic. I’m gonna’ have to copy that!!!!!

  18. This is fantastic, Jill! I’m sort of obsessed with faux mercury glass and Looking Glass spray right now, so this is totally going on my to-make list! :)

  19. I like yours better.

  20. LOVE IT! Pinning so I can remember to do it next year!

  21. Personally, I like the knockoff better. Thanks for the idea!

  22. gorgeous!

  23. Actually, I like yours better than the original!!! Much more detail. Awesome job!

  24. I totally agree, your ornament is better than the original! Love It!

  25. What a great idea…now I have to find some plastic snowmen and the Krylon paint.

  26. Love, love LOVE!!! Looks WAY better than the PB version!!

    Thanks so much for linking up at Artsy Corner, you were featured today! Hope to see you again this week :)

  27. how clever!! :)

  28. I agree, yours does look better than the inspiration!

  29. How did you handle painting the bottom of the feet? I won’t usually worry about that but since the ornament is hanging the color may be noticable. Thanks!

  30. I sprayed and sprayed, in short bursts, allowing 1 minute between as the directions for the looking glass paint show. All I got was a grey polar bear, then I see on the paint can “paint sprays dull but reverse side has mirror-like finish”, which implies this will only work on glass. How did you get the shiny, reflective bear?

    • Jill @ Create.Craft.Love. says:

      I have no idea why it’s not working! Maybe add a light coat of a chrome color to shine it up? Hope that helps, Trish!

  31. What kind of gold paint did you use?


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