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DIY Marbled Mugs

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As we head into February, 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.

Looking through my collection of cute, but non-coordinating mugs, I decided an easy DIY craft project was needed at the top of my to-do list, so I tried my hand at the DIY mug trend...with nail polish! Nail polish crafts are so trendy now, and I was so excited to one myself.

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

Want to learn to make your own marbled DIY mugs? Let's get started...


The best tips I can give you for marbling with nail polish is 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.

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

So many more free printables can be found at my newest blog, Holiday Printables!

Thanks for reading all about my marbled DIY mugs!