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Make a Faux Mercury Glass Cake Stand

This is Day 6 of Twleve Days of Gifts Kids Can Make!

This craft is so stunningly pretty, even I had a hard time believing that kids could pull this off. Creating this faux mercury glass look is as easy as using glitter – though I must admit it is just as messy. (OK, it’s actually a little messier – but it’s worth it! Promise!)

I used a dollar store clear glass items and adapted this tutorial from Dollar Store Crafts on how to make an apothecary jar.

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Faux Mercury Glass Cake Stand - Gifts Kids Can Make

What You Need to Make This DIY Mercury Glass Cake Stand

Safety Note: Metal leaf is very light and will blow up into the air at the very slightest air movement. I doubt the stuff is unsafe, but if you have  a child with respiratory problems, this project probably isn’t suitable for them.

A clear glass serving plate – if you can find one with a molded texture on the back, it will make the final result look even prettier!

A clear glass candle stick holder

E6000 glass glue

A soft dry paintbrush

Metal leaf – this is the same kind used for gilding. I used silver, but gold is also available. You don’t need full sheets, just a package of scrap leaf.

Leaf sizing or ModPodge. I recommend the outdoor ModPodge for this project because you may need to wash the cake stand at some point. If you use the metal leaf sizing, you will also need metal leaf sealant for your topcoat.

*Note: The finished cake stand is NOT dishwasher safe! Not even close! Get it only wet enough to clean your surfaces.

How to Make This DIY Mercury Glass Cake Stand

Wash and dry your glass pieces, and be sure to remove any price tags or stickers (and any adhesive residue left behind).

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Glass cake stand parts from the dollar store

Apply your metal leaf sizing or a very thin layer of ModPodge to the BACK of the plate. You don’t want to risk your food coming into contact with your craft materials. Follow the directions on the product – mine told me to wait 30 minutes for the sizing to become sticky.

When the plate is ready, carefully sprinkle the metal leaf flakes onto the area you glued with the ModPodge or sizing.

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Applying metal leaf to the back of the plate

Now take your soft dry paintbrush and simple start pressing the metal leaf onto the glass surface. This part is so much fun! It’s almost like you are painting with silver!

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Brushing the metal leaf onto the back of the plate

Don’t worry if there are tiny imperfections and holes, because it just makes it look more mercury glass-ish.

I’ll warn you now. When you are done with this part, you are probably going to need one of these:

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This project kinda requires a Dustbuster or vacuum cleaner!

Moving along, then…

Repeat this same process on the outside of the candle stick holder.

Here’s what you’ll have when you are done:

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Finished Gilded Cake Stand Parts

Let the project dry for a little while, and then use your E6000 glue to attach the candle stick holder to the very center of the bottom of the plate. Let the glue dry overnight.

Lastly, put on 1-2 coats of Outdoor ModPodge or metal leaf sealant over the bottom of cake plate and candle stick stem. Don’t put it on top of the plate – you want that to be just plain glass so that it’s safe to be in contact with food.

And you’re done! This is SO PRETTY when it is finished – really, it looks so totally store bought, your gift recipient will NEVER guess it’s dollar store origins!

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Remember, this is Day 6 of Twleve Days of Gifts Kids Can Make! 6 down, 6 to go!


8 comments for “Make a Faux Mercury Glass Cake Stand”

  1. Super fabulous! I have always wanted to do a project (or ten) with metal leaf! This is really great!

    Posted by Heather - Dollar Store Crafts | December 14, 2010, 9:14 pm
  2. [...] Day 6 – Dollar Store Gilded Cake Stand [...]

    Posted by Gift Crafts Kids Can Make | Craft Jr. | December 15, 2010, 11:58 am
  3. I love mercury glass, and this project is sheer genius! I have already collected some vintage glass plates that I was going to use for a three-tier stand, and now I’ll make a mercury glass version. Thanks a million!

    Posted by Mitzi Curi | January 6, 2011, 6:40 am
  4. [...] How to make a faux-mercury cake stand– 99% of the time I am vehemently opposed to any craft that makes things look “faux,” but this is truly gorgeous. And real vintage mercury glass is expensive. [...]

    Posted by Little Big Links: Cake « Little Big | March 5, 2011, 10:31 am
  5. LOVE THIS!!! How do you suggest washing it?!? Is the leaf ok to get wed once podged over?!

    Posted by Abigail | March 9, 2011, 2:09 pm
  6. Abigail, Definitely do NOT wash it in the dishwasher!! :) Outdoor Mod Podge should hold up fine to the minimal water it will take to wash it by hand. Plus the eating surface is still plain glass, so it should be easier to avoid getting it all wet. I haven’t tested mine yet, but I would not submerge it, either, just in case. :)

    Posted by Wendy Piersall | March 9, 2011, 2:43 pm
  7. Where do you purchase silver flakes and ModPodge please

    Posted by Diane Selwood | October 19, 2011, 7:38 am
  8. I wondered where your source was for the silver leaf. I found sheets, but not scrape leaf. I think that is really the key, because it goes on sparatically. Thanks for answering my question

    Posted by Rita Zimmerman | December 23, 2011, 6:42 pm

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