Creating marbled mugs using nail polish

Get ready to fill the kitchen cupboards with swirls of colour! Tea, coffee, something sweeter? Whatever your beverage of choice, in less than 10 minutes you could be sippin’ hot drinks from marble-style mugs. Learn how to give your coffee cups a quick pick-me-up in our eight-step tutorial.

DIY marbling tutorials: Marbled mugs

Marbling effects using nail polish

You will need:
• White ceramic mug
• Old or disposable container
• Nail polish
• Nail polish remover
• Skewer
• Paper towel


Step 1
Fill a container (we used a tin tray) with warm water.


Step 2
Add a drop or two of nail polish to the water and let it spread out. You can use a skewer to swirl the colour around.


Step 3
Dip your mug in the water.


Step 4
Remove your mug from the water and use nail polish remover to remove any excess on the bottom and inside of the mug, or any unwanted splodges.


Step 5
Carefully pat the mug dry with a paper towel.

Step 6
You can repeat these steps with additional colours.

Step 7
Once you’ve achieved the look you want, let it sit overnight.

Step 8
We would recommend hand washing your new mugs. Durability will also depend on the quality of the nail polish – just as it would on your nails. We let our mugs sit for around five hours before using them. If you run into problems, you can try coating the outside with a clear coat of nail polish or a non-toxic finishing spray.

This project originally featured in Mollie Makes issue 50


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Caitlin McGrath is one third of the creative Merrythought blog (with Manda and Marla). All three gals live in Western New York, sharing things they love. They often post creative DIYs and crafts with a focus on natural and re-purposed items, as well as yummy recipes and inspirational posts about fashion, home décor and projects, travels, pretty parties, faith and bits of their family life.

  • Tristan Lexi Cutler

    I love these Mugs! Where did you find them!?

    Thanks in advance!