Halt! Hold the recycling! Glass jars can be painted, dyed, cut and glued together to create a totally new and unexpected form - like this mercury glass table lamp made from peanut butter jars. The fact that I could do this project means admitting the shameful truth about my peanut butter addiction. I could dwell on my feelings of helplessness and shame, if I weren't so pleased with the result:
Mercury glass has been one of the hottest home decor trends this year. But DIY-ing mercury glass is a lot more fun than buying it!
There are two key tools you'll need to re-create this: Krylon Looking Glass spray paint, which is pretty hard to come across in craft or hardware stores. I definitely recommend just ordering it online. Secondly, a glass cutting tool. There are various types you can get.
For the top of the lamp base I drilled a 3/8" hole (the standard size of lamp kit nipples) in the center of one of the jar lids. To keep with the polished silver look of the lamp, I painted the lid and the lamp socket with silver spray paint. The Looking Glass paint doesn't really work well on metal, you'll want to use regular metallic spray paint.
Epoxy the jars together. Make sure the glass ones are really clean inside first! The epoxy glue I used required mixing - some don't. Just follow the directions on your glue. Carefully apply the epoxy to the underside of one of the jars and attach another. Make sure to minimize drips and visible epoxy. Although it's clear, you don't want to see gloopy bits!
Assemble the lamp kit socket. Follow the instructions on the lamp kit. Your base will be the jar lid, where the nipple should screw in snugly. Continue to assemble the socket as directed.
Epoxy the lid to the top jar. Wait for the epoxy to dry and enjoy your chic new lamp!