Really pretty in a grouping for the Summertime Mantel. What I like about them most is that they are imperfect, and when trying to Fake an expensive item, imperfection can be your friend! So, let's get started!
I've gathered a bunch of cheap glass containers and vases. I picked up most of these at a yard sale for between $0.50 and $1.00. I found the ruffled one at Walmart for $0.97. Also at Walmart, I picked up a can of Krylon Silver Metallic Spray Paint:
Outside we go to give each vase a spray. I simply sprayed inside each vase, a little at a time. Some of the paint may run inside if you spray too much at once (it happened to me), but that just adds to the imperfection!
Oh, and I had a helper during this process as well!
I scratched the insides of each vase to make it look antiqued and to let the light shine through, like the lanterns from Pottery Barn.
Don't ask me where I got this crazy crab shucking tool from, but it did the trick! A screwdriver or an old knife would also work.
Finally, it's time to decorate the Summertime Mantel! I like to use white lights instead of candles because I have a four-year-old and because I can keep it shimmering all night or day.
You could also add a bit of wire around the tops of the vases to hang them under your market umbrella outside or around your yard as they feature in the Pottery Barn catalogue...
...but I decided they would be best enjoyed on my mantel.
Now let's do the Fake-It Yourself Breakdown!
5 Fake Mercury Lanterns, Sizes Small through X-Large ($4.00 for Vases, $3.24 for Paint)
Total Fake-It Cost $7.24
5 Mercury Lanterns from Pottery Barn, Sizes Small through X-Large ($117.50)
Total Fake-It Yourself Savings $110.26