How to Create a Mercury Glass Lamp Base with a Twist

Do you the love the look of mercury glass like I do? For this DIY project, I not only created a mercury glass lamp base, but added some jute to the lamp base for an extra special twist. Step-by-step instructions below.

Mercury glass lamp base DIY

I absolutely love the look of mercury glass. And I am on a mission these days! Today I’m showing you how I took a clear glass lamp and created this beautiful look. Next…I’m moving onto some ornaments, vases and votive candle holders. And the best part? IT’S SO EASY!


I’m joining some friends today for our monthly DIY Blog Hop, where we have a different theme each month, and this month is lighting DIYs. You will find a variety of inspiring posts and all the bloggers and links are listed at the bottom of my post so you won’t miss any of the great ideas!


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clear glass lamp base

It all started when I found a glass lamp base at our Goodwill for $5.99. I’ve always wanted to try to create a mercury glass lamp base, but kept procrastinating. I now had some motivation.

materials to make a DIY

Material List

If you are going to add jute to the lamp base

  • Roll of Twine
  • Hot Glue Gun
clear glass lamp base

Step-By-Step Instructions for a Mercury Glass Lamp Base

Step 1

Using painter’s tape, tape off the entire outside of the glass base of the lamp. I removed the electrical cord and wires for this project to keep them from touching the wet paint inside. After taping, poke a hole where the wires come through the top of the lamp base. This will allow the water/vinegar solution you are spraying inside, to drain.

Turn the lamp upside down and inside an old cardboard box to secure the lamp. We actually used a couple of masking tape rolls, which worked great.

Step 2

Mix one part water with one part vinegar in a spray bottle. 

Mercury glass lamp base DIY

Step 3

Using the finest mist setting on the spray bottle, mist the inside of the glass lamp base with the 50/50 water and white vinegar solution.

Mercury glass lamp base DIY

Step 4

Immediately spray the damp lamp with a light coat of Krylon Looking Glass spray paint. When using the spray paint, work outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Let the spray paint dry for 1 to 2 minutes, then spray again with just the water/vinegar solution and let dry for 3 to 5 more minutes.

Mercury glass lamp base DIY
Mercury glass lamp base DIY

Step 5

Using paper towels or a cloth, gently blot away the excess moisture on the glass, which will give the glass the mercury glass effect. It’s important not to rub.

Repeat steps 3 through 5 as many times as you it takes to get the effect you are looking for. I did this a total of 3 times.

Mercury glass lamp base DIY
The glass is still drying

Step 6

Allow the glass to dry completely before removing the protective tape from the glass lamp base, and reinstalling the electrical wiring.


And Here’s the Twist – Adding Jute

I wanted to add some warmth and texture to the lamp, so I decided to use some jute to achieve this look.

Attaching jute with glue gun

Step 1

Apply a drop of glue with the glue gun to the back of the lamp, where you are going to start wrapping the jute, providing a solid anchor to hold the jute while wrapping it around the lamp.

Attaching jute with glue gun

Step 2

Wrap the jute around the area of the lamp base you want to cover.

Attaching jute with glue gun

Step 3

Apply another drop of glue at the finishing point to end the jute wrap to secure.

Mercury glass lamp base DIY
Mercury glass lamp base DIY

And here is the finished mercury glass lamp base with a jute twist.

Mercury glass lamp base DIY

Because it was my first time using this technique, I learned a lot about how I wanted the finish to look. I will probably spray the lamp an additional time (that would make 4 coats) to get the finish just a little darker next time. But overall, I really liked the way it turned out.

Mercury glass lamp base DIY

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This month’s feature was a lighting project. Are you ready to be inspired?

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Mary (Life At Bella Terra) – How to Clean a Crystal Chandelier

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Andrea (Design Morsels) – How To Paint A Chandelier

Kristin (White Arrows Home) 3 Christmas Lighting Projects

Niky (The House on Silverado) Cozy Lighting Tips & Tricks

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18 Comments

  1. Kim, I like how this came out! It’s stunning! I’d like to give it a shot! And I adore the lamp to which you’ve added jute!! Great instruction, and I had a great time hopping with you and your companion. Thank you for your contribution. What a wonderful project! I’m so excited you’re joining us for these hops!! Noritz Contractors

  2. Kim, I like how this came out! It’s stunning! I’d like to give it a shot! And I adore the lamp to which you’ve added jute!! Great instruction, and I had a great time hopping with you and your companion. Thank you for your contribution. What a wonderful project! I’m so excited you’re joining us for these hops!!

  3. I’ve been wanting to try this technique forever, so I’ve Pinned your post, hopefully I can try it out after the holidays. Your lamp is gorgeous, and love the burlap shade and the twine on the bottle neck!

  4. Kim, I have always wanted to learn how to do this. I love mercury glass and I actually have a votive that has lost most of its mercury look. First of all, I was surprised to see the base of the lamp was open. For some reason I thought it would have a glass bottom. Your tutorial is very easy to understand too, and thanks for all the pictures. Adding the jute does provide some texture and goes well with your Shiplap and Shells theme.
    Thanks for sharing and fun to be hopping with you!

    1. Thank you Mary! It was fun to hop with you as well. Because the bottom of the lamp was open, I think the technique worked better painting the inside. But as I was writing the post, I forgot that most lamps have a closed base. I may need to rewrite the materials section. Thank you for bringing that up!

  5. This is gorgeous! I’ve never seen this technique before, but I love it. The jute was the perfect touch, too. I think it turned out amazingly well! Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial!

  6. This is just lovely Kim – and what a great idea! I might try this for our bedside lamps – I have an old beat up pull chain lamp on my side and my husband his his old white desk lamp from high school! Maybe it’s time for some grown up lighting! 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration and How To!

  7. I LOVE how this turned out Kim! Its so beautiful! I want to try this! And I love that you added the jute!! Such a cute project! So glad you are joining us for these hops!!

    1. Thank you Kristin. So happy it turned out, you know that DIYs are always a challenge for me, but fun to try something different. So glad to be part of this group.

  8. I’m such a sucker for mercury glass – and I LOVE your lamp Kim. I think I need to do this too!!!! Great tutorial, and so wonderful hopping with you friend. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I can’t believe you haven’t done something like this yet Chas. I thought you have done it all! You know you are my DIY hero.

  9. This looks like real mercury glass. It turned out so pretty and i like the twine at the top, it’s a nice accent. Great step by step tutorial. So happy to hop with you today.

    1. Thank you so much Andrea. It was so fun trying this. So happy to be hopping with you all, I had so much fun!

  10. Your lamp turned out beautiful! I used this same technique on a lamp over the summer, and while I like it, it didn’t turn out as well as yours. Plus the jute accent and the shade finish it off perfectly!

    Thanks for “hopping” with me!

    -Niky @ The House on Silverado

    1. Thank you so much Niky! I was shocked that I pulled it off. Very happy though. So fun to be hopping with you.

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