Vintage Light Fixture “Mercury Glass” Oversized Ornaments

Vintage Light Fixture “Mercury Glass” Oversized Ornaments

Today marks the official halfway point to Christmas, so why not celebrate with a holiday project?? By no means am I encouraging Christmas to arrive sooner…but for crafters like me, there is just NEVER enough time to do all of the yuletide projects!

So, late last year, I saw this project floating around Pinterest from Home Stories A to Z. I mean, HOW BRILLIANT. She took old light fixture globes and created these large Christmas ornaments to line her front steps. I was floored from the genius of it…and knew I had to recreate my own version. I’ve played around with old light fixtures at Halloween (Example 1, Example 2) and it was high time I did so for Christmas! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Well, being the vintage-Shiny-Brite-mercury-glass ornament gal that I am, I knew that’s the look I wanted to achieve. So, after months of searching at various Habitat ReStores and Goodwill stores, I finally found a pair of old light fixtures that would work brilliantly.

Salvaged vintage glass globe light fixture to be repurposed as DIY oversized Mercury glass Christmas ornaments by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

So much potential!

Let me tell you- they were perfect, but oh-so-filthy. Each one had become a mass grave for departed insects.

Blegh.

A good soaking/sanitizing later, with electrical components removed, I prepared my pretty cut glass globes for their makeover. I decided to spray paint *inside* each globe using metallic spray paint in gold and silver.

Salvaged vintage glass globe light fixture to be repurposed as DIY oversized Mercury glass Christmas ornaments by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Like new and old friends, one will be silver and the other will be gold.

Salvaged vintage glass globe light fixture to be repurposed as DIY oversized Mercury glass Christmas ornaments by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A pretty pair…

Important note- I dried the inside with paper towels, but left just a tiny smattering of water droplets inside. Why, you might ask? Well, that’s an easy way to ensure a mercury glass look!

Salvaged vintage glass globe light fixture to be repurposed as DIY oversized Mercury glass Christmas ornaments by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I “mercurized” it!

See? Perfect!

I set the glass globes aside to dry, and then tackled the ornament “cap”. I saved two small tin cans (from salmon, I think? Or maybe cat food?) and cleaned the heck out of them. Even ran them through the dishwasher- I just can’t handle that canned-meat smell, and wanted no trace of it in my project.

Repurposed tin cans as ornament caps for DIY oversized Christmas ornaments from vintage light fixture by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Who’d a thunk it?

Since they were a weird tannish-gold color and had serial number printing on the side, I gave them a quick hit of silver-gray spray paint.

Repurposed tin cans as ornament caps for DIY oversized Christmas ornaments from vintage light fixture by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Much better!

They *almost* fit perfectly atop the now-painted glass globes. Definitely good enough by my standards.

Repurposed tin cans as ornament caps for DIY oversized Christmas ornaments from vintage light fixture by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

How cute is that?

Final touch? I popped holes through the center of each can and stuck a large eye bolt through the hole and secured it with a nut.

Salvaged vintage glass globe light fixture to be repurposed as DIY oversized Mercury glass Christmas ornaments by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Time to finish the caps

Repurposed tin cans as ornament caps for DIY oversized Christmas ornaments from vintage light fixture by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Hello, ornament caps!

And just like that, I had large mercury glass “ornaments” to use on my front porch/stoop this Christmas. Aren’t they so pretty??

Salvaged vintage glass globe light fixture to be repurposed as DIY oversized Mercury glass Christmas ornaments by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ta-da! Perfect for my walkway or front porch come Christmastime.

Sorry for the lack of snow in the pics…I mean, it’s summer. I’ve just learned the hard way that I need to work on Christmas crafts all year long- otherwise, I’ll never finish them in time.

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. Elizabeth Little says

    OMG that is tooo cute!! Something else to search for in the antique stores!

  2. girlfromwva says

    just awesome! i have a “stash” of light fixtures & globes that i hide in the garage! can’t pass them up when i find them for 50 cents a-piece at the thrift-store.

  3. mary scott says

    So cute!!!!!! To me, the best part of the year begins now – 1/2 way to Christmas including Halloween & Thanksgiving & FOOTBALL season. Thanks

  4. nikimeiners says

    Those are really really awesome.

  5. Christmas say waa, lol! I agree with the commenter above they look like antique ornaments. I love tht you used little cans on top! Very clever! Thank you so much for linking up to Merry Monday this week! I am sharing your post today on our Pinterest board! We hope to see you next week for another great party! Have a great week!
    Best,
    Kim

  6. What a great way to reuse and recycle. I can’t wait to make some of these. Thanks for linking up at #HomeMattersParty. Hope you come back this weekend to link up again.

  7. Mary Slade says

    H ow did you get the cans with the hook to stay on the top?

  8. Great idea! I sprayed mine with a stained glass spray paint and finished off the top like yours. Except I added a hole in one side of the can so that I could let wire out. This allowed me to add lights to the inside and it has a wonderful glow. They look great in my urn with greenery on my front porch.

  9. Joy Cleckley says

    You have the most creative ideas. So love it. Wished you were my neighbor. I have a ton of junk you would love.

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