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How to Make Marbled Nail Polish Mugs

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Nail polish mugs are an easy and quick craft project! Make them for yourself and your own home, or make a batch to give as gifts! 

As the weather gets cooler, a great cup of coffee is my fairly constant companion throughout the day.

It warms me, energizes me, and helps me tackle my to-do list. In short, it helps me live my very best life!!

Another essential aspect of living my best life is, for me, is crafting!

Looking through my collection of cute, but non-coordinating mugs, I decided an easy mug craft needed to move to the top of my to-do list, so I tried my hand at the DIY mug trend…with nail polish!

nail polish mugs

Nail polish crafts are so trendy these days, so I was excited to try one myself.

nail polish mugs

I’ve seen nail polish marbling done before, and I’ve always loved the organic and free form feel of the end result.

mug dipped in nail polish

Want to learn to make your own nail polish mugs? Let’s get started…

How to Make Nail Polish Mugs

white mug



    The best tips I can give you for marbling with nail polish are these: 1) use hot water, and, 2) work quickly.

    The nail polish is going to want to harden pretty quickly upon hitting the surface of the water, and hot water will delay this process a bit.

    Fill your tub (use one that you don’t mind throwing away afterwards) with hot water, and carefully drip your nail polish onto the surface of the water. Pour as close to the surface as you can, as this will keep the nail polish from sinking down into your water.

    If desired, use your toothpick or skewer to swirl the polish around so that it covers the surface of the water.

    Immediately dip your mug into the water, and let it sit for a second or two to help the polish adhere to the mug. Remove mug, and place upside down on parchment paper to dry.

    Switch out water between mugs, and repeat!

    Once you begin, you’ll be amazed at how quickly the process goes. I marbled all five of these mugs in less than 10 minutes.

    If desired, you can seal with a couple of coats of Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge. I’m not sure if I’d necessarily stick them in the dishwasher, but it’ll give them a bit more protection from day-to-day hand washing.

    Quick note: You will want to be careful not to get any nail polish near the top of the mugs (where your mouth would touch). As I said above, I’d recommend hand washing only.

I LOVE giving these as gifts, and they also make great items to make and sell at craft fairs or online!

nail polish mugs

Want more coffee inspiration? These “but first, coffee” printables are perfect to add to your kitchen or coffee bar.

Thanks for reading all about my marbled nail polish mugs! Have a crafty day!

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