diy mercury glass pumpkins

If you’ve visited any home decor stores recently, you’ve probably seen those beautiful mercury glass pumpkins displayed on the shelves. A little bit rustic and a little bit glam, mercury glass pumpkins are a beautiful way to add some style to your home for the fall holidays.

The only downside is that mercury glass pumpkins can be a tad costly. The pumpkins can cost anywhere from $20 to $80, and if you’re planning on decorating your space with more than one pumpkin, then you better be ready to spend a considerable amount.

Fortunately, you can make your own mercury glass pumpkins at home with this simple DIY project. You only need a few ingredients to carry out this project. The glass pumpkins can be bought at your local discount store, making this an incredibly affordable project.

Mercury glass pumpkins like these can be the perfect decor piece for your coffee table, mantlepiece, or your Thanksgiving table. They look ultra chic, and when you make them at home, they’re an inexpensive decorating idea.

To make mercury glass pumpkins, you will need: 

  • Glass pumpkin container
  • Rust-Oleum Specialty Mirror Paint
  • Paper towel
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Tape
  • Plastic wrap/bag/sheet


  1. Remove the lid on your glass pumpkin and cover the exterior of the pumpkin and lid with plastic. You can use parts of a plastic bag or a sheet of plastic wrap and tape it on the exterior. The point is to protect the exterior of the pumpkin from overspray.
  2. Very lightly spray the inside of the pumpkin and inside of the lid with the bottled water spray. Just add a light mist.
  3. Shake the spray paint can vigorously for a minute, then spray over the wet areas that were just misted.
  4. Let the paint dry for an hour, then use a wet paper towel to rub off excess paint. You should be left with a splotchy looking pumpkin a.k.a. the perfect mercury glass pumpkin! If you want a darker coat, then go ahead and repeat the previous steps for another coat of paint (mist first, spray, then wipe down after an hour).

Note: If you are going to be using the pumpkin as a vase for flowers, note that the flower stems may scratch the paint off the pumpkins. To avoid this, use one to two coats of a clear protectant spray after the original paint has dried.

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