How to Create Your Own Mercury Glass Charger Plates

Hi All,

Can you hear what I hear??? I just got back from a wonderful, yet exhausting week in Disney World with my family. Now that I am back home I am being taunted by the Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock of the Christmas clock, reminding me that I only have a couple of days left to finish my shopping and preparations for the big day! Although I am scurrying around like mad woman, I wanted to stop in for a few moments to share with you how I created those beautiful Faux Mercury Glass Charger Plates from my last post An Elegant Christmas Tablescape .



A couple of weeks ago I read a featured article on Creating Faux Mercury Glass Plates on another blog. She created a wall vignette from a bunch of dollar store plates she created. When I read her tutorial I was inspired to create my own “mercury glass” plates. I thought to myself, “Wow! I would love to get my hands on some charger size plates, they would look great on my holiday dinner table!”

So the search began. I ran to Dollar Tree and was disappointed when they only had small textured dinner plates in stock. I knew I needed at least a 13″ clear glass plate to get the look I wanted.  I turned to the internet and did not have much luck. Either they were very expensive or sold in sets of 6. I needed eight! I was about ready to give up when I wandered into my local Walmart to scan their selection of clear dinnerware. That’s when I noticed at the end of the aisle a stack of 13″ Glass Serving Platters at $4.48 a piece! Game on!



You can also buy a set of six platters at Amazon.com  for $39.99.

DIY Mercury Glass Charger Plates

I started off by setting up my plates outside on a large piece of cardboard.


The magic ingredients for this project is Krylon’s Through The Looking Glass Spray paint and a little water. I found my paint at Walmart.


Source: Krylon.com

I sprayed the bottom of each plate and removed some of the paint to give it a mottled look with a few extra simple steps.


You can actually see yourself in these babies! This mirror glass paint is awesome!


Place your favorite dinner plate on top, add a decorative napkin and you have a beautiful place setting that is elegant and worthy of the fanciest dinner party! My soon-to-be 17 year old son even commented on how nice they look when he wandered down the stairs looking for a snack!


I love how these faux mercury glass charger plates turned out and you can bet they will be on my table for every future holiday and special event.

MAKE YOUR OWN:

If you would like to create your own mercury glass charger plates you can purchase and download detailed, printable instructions for DIY Mercury Glass Charger Plates Here.

Final tip:
When storing your plates, stack them with a soft cloth or paper towel in between each plate to protect the paint.

Now I better get back to my Christmas To-Do List. It’s nearly here!

Have a Wonderful Christmas!

~Lisa

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Learn How To Make Quick and Easy Holiday Napkin Rings

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How to Create Your Own Mercury Glass Charger Plates — 15 Comments

  1. Great idea and nice tutorial. I was just contemplating painting some plates earlier today. I think that it must be meant to be! Thanks! Cherry Kay

  2. Came across your tutorial via French Country Cottage…Congrats on the feature! I pinned it for you and am following you on FB, now. Hope you’ll stop by my blog and FB page, too!

  3. These look great! I’m thinking about taking on this project for my wedding. I wanted to have a mixture of gold and silver. Do you think I can replace the Flat Black Spray Paint with Flat Gold Spray Paint to give it the look I am going for?

    • Hi LaKeisha,
      I think that would look great! You could even maybe mix the gold and black for an old world look. Congrats on your wedding! I’d love to pics of the chargers when you are done!

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