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DIY Marbled Mugs (Using Nail Polish!)

nail polished marbled mugs

If you’ve ever seen marbled mugs using nail polish and wanted to try them for yourself, you’re in luck.

We were surprised at how simple these were to make, and how beautifully they turned out!

All you need are some white mugs, nail polish, and a container of water, and you’re ready to make your own. 

How to Make Marbled Mugs With Nail Polish

supplies for marbling mugs


White mugs

Nail polish

Bowl or tray for water (You may want to use a container you don’t want to keep – these are hard to clean!)

Toothpick for adjusting the nail polish pattern (optional)

Dishwasher safe Mod Podge (optional)

steps to make marbled mugs

Making the Nail Polish Dipped Mugs

Fill your tray or bowl with water. We used regular cool water, so need for warm water as you may have seen or heard elsewhere.

Make sure the water depth is high enough to dip your mug in as far as you want it to go.

We don’t recommend dipping the mug up to the rim, as the nail polish probably isn’t really safe to consume. 🙂

Place some paper towels or paper next to your bowl to place the mugs on to dry, and have your toothpicks ready. 

Drizzle nail polish into the bowl of water however you want. You can keep it simple with one color, or use a few different colors.

For our first mug, we used black and grey nail polish, and our second mug got red, pink, and yellow.

Hint: Your first drizzles of nail polish will probably sink to the bottom of the bowl, but as you continue to drizzle, some of the nail polish will stay floating on top of the water.

Go ahead and use your toothpick to make the marbled more pronounced if you want. I’m not sure how much this helps or not, because we didn’t make any mugs without gently swirling the colors before dipping.

Hold your mug by the rim and slowly lower it into the water. Hold it still for about 2-3 seconds, then lift it out of the water. Let it dry for a second or 2 before you turn it over onto the paper towel to dry.

Here’s a video so you can see how we made them:

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nail polish marbled mug drying upside down

Let your mugs dry overnight. You can use them now or….

How to Make Marbled Mugs Dishwasher Safe

If you’ve made your nail polish marbled mugs and are loving the way they turned out, you may want to make them dishwasher safe.

This is simple! Just paint a layer of dishwasher-safe Mod Podge. This seals the nail polish onto the mug and they can be safely washed on the top rack of your dishwasher.

nail polished marbled mugs

Marbled Mugs Make the Perfect Gift

Who wouldn’t want this gorgeous handmade marbled mug? They are such a lovely gift for anyone! Tuck a secret little gift inside the mug, wrap them up, and they’re ready to give away.

Want to make marbled mugs of your own? Pin this for later if you don’t have time now or want to remember these for Holiday gifts!

mugs craft marbled with nail polish

What do you think?

Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.


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  1. How do you prevent bubbles in your nail polish? How do prevent drips/runs? Do you use glitter nail polish?How do you prevent it from sliding off?

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