Mercury Glass Make-up Brush Jars

Hope you didn’t think I forgot.  It’s the last day of May and we’re down to the last hour here, but I wanted to share the how-to for the mercury glass make-up brush jar I made in addition to the bathroom organization project I posted earlier in the week.  I have never been one of those girls who was good at make-up and hair.  Never really got the chance to learn it I guess… my mom was actually pretty good at it, but I lost her to brain cancer when I was sixteen.

I’ve always admired those girls whose make-up looked flawless with beautiful hairstyles, mastering the blow out or the nice romantic curls.  It was always something I had wanted to learn, but just didn’t know how to go about it or who to ask… it all just seemed so overwhelming to me.  But, with the start of Pinterest, yes Pinterest, I found all of the hair and make-up tutorials I needed to inspire me, motivate me even, to finally learn and concern myself with these girly things.  So, this past Christmas, I bought my first set of make-up brushes and invested in good hair product and good make-up.  :)

Speaking of Pinterest, a few months ago, I had come across a couple of pins that sparked the very inspiration behind this project.  Of course I am going to share!  One was a picture of a gold mason jar holding make-up brushes while the other was a tutorial on how to make your own mirrored mercury glass.

gold make up brush holder 2


How to make faux mercury glass


I have to admit, I have this thing for mason jars… in case, you haven’t noticed yet.  :) And I absolutely LOVE the look of mercury glass!  I have been saving the above tutorial for something special and when I saw the gold mason jar make-up brush holder, I knew just what I was going to do!

While in years past, I would have turned up my nose to anything gold, the color has actually grown on me a lot lately.  And while I like the gold mason jars, it just wasn’t the overall look I was going for in our master bath.  So, I combined the two ideas!  I would use a mason jar to organize and display all of my make-up brushes, but instead of painted it gold, I would try out the mercury glass tutorial.

Here are the supplies I gathered for this project:


  • mason jars
  • spray bottle filled with 1 part water, 1 part vinegar
  • Krylon Looking Glass spray paint
  • paper towels

To make the jars, head on over to 17 Apart for a complete list of instructions.  I highly recommend you read over the entire tutorial ahead of time before starting the project.

Here is what my jars looked like once I finished and left them to dry.  I made two so I could choose the one I liked best.  :)


I love the way they turned out!  Here is the one I chose to display in our bathroom with all of my make-up brushes inside:


I’ll be posting about June’s theme in the next few days.  See ya soon!

Crafting a life homemade,



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