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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  1. says

    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. says

    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!!!

    • Jill @ Create.Craft.Love. says

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

  3. Judy says

    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!

  4. Bridget says

    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!

  5. Trish says

    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!


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