DIY Marble Dipped Mugs With Nail Polish
Last Updated on November 29, 2022
Pinterest made me do this easy DIY Marble Dipped Mugs with nail polish craft project. Below you’ll find easy instructions for a simple marbling technique with mugs, but you can marble anything from plated to bowls to vases and more! This post has been featured, shared, and copied multiple times, but you’ve found the OG how-to create DIY Marble Dipped Mugs tutorial. Since this cheap DIY craft is an oldie but a goodie, over the years I’ve watched readers transform these beautiful watercolored mugs into the perfect handmade gift — think teacher appreciation day, Valentine’s Day, and easy Christmas gifts. Just dip your mugs and fill them with your favorite treat!
Supplies For DIY Marble Dipped Mugs
Plain white coffee mugs
Container or plastic bin (you don’t mind ruining)
Bamboo skewer (toothpicks work as well)
Paper towel (or parchment paper)
Instructions — How To Marble Dipped Mugs
1. Fill a container with warm water…the warmer the better. Be sure it’s one you don’t mind ruining since the marbling mugs process can leave some nail polish residue behind. Also, when you fill the container, don’t fill it up to the top. Take whatever piece you are going to dip and do a test run.
2. Grab some pretty nail polish from a cupboard in your bathroom. There’s really no need to buy new because you only need a few drops to make a small swirl. Do not grab a quick dry polish. Time is of the essence here, and we don’t need to shorten our time even more. Also, don’t grab a color like Essie “Ballet Slippers”. You want a color with a punch. Any polish that is bright or dark in color works well.
3. Pour a few drops of nail polish into the water, and swirl with a skewer if necessary. A film will quickly start to form (it is starting to dry already). Grab your mug because we’re ready to create those awesome DIY Marble Dipped Mugs!
4. Dip the mug and twirl your wrist to pick up the paint. Place your mugs on a paper towel to dry. DO NOT TOUCH until the polish is completely dry.
That is all you’ve got to do! How cool huh? I think they look like someone painted with watercolors on these mugs. Don’t you think?
FAQs On How To Marble Dipped Mugs With Nail Polish
Pour the polish close to the surface of the water. If dropped too high, it will sink to the bottom and not dissipate.
Trying to use a throwaway paper cup first to get the hang of it.
Use 2 colors to get a really fun marbling effect.
Don’t use the brush to add the drops, pour the nail polish from the bottle.
Your marbled mug is no longer dishwasher safe nor is it microwave safe. And if possible, don’t put the polish on an area where you would have food or place your lips. It’s just not healthy.
Only dip your mug only once. If you feel like it needs more. Let it completely dry and dip the mug again until you get the desired effect.
This process moves very quickly so don’t dilly dally when marble dipping mugs!
Imma say it again. Do not touch that marble dipped mug until the nail polish is dry.
When emptying out the used water, be sure to scoop out all the extra polish with a paper towel first or you will have a very colorful marble dipped sink.
Shazam! That is the easiest way to DIY Marble Dipped Mugs with nail polish! They make for a great inexpensive gift for Christmas, just fill them with chocolates or use them to hold a gift card for Teacher Appreciation Day!
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wow, what a cool effect. you’ve got me looking at every ceramic piece in my house to see which one should be a victim. i’d love to try using this to make something pretty for my bookshelves!
Victimize…you crack me up! And OMG, I can’t believe how pretty these turned out!
Thanks Ursula and thanks for stopping by!
Awe, thank you Michelle! And thanks for stopping by my little nook on the internet!
Thanks Rachel and thank you so much for stopping by!
do you think if you bake the mugs? like the sharpie-written mugs? that the nail polish will stick and be safer for sink washing and for drinking? you should try it and let us know!
I know someone who did this and baked them at 350 for 30 minutes, it makes them microwave and dishwasher safe
That can go in the oven for about 30 mins and they will become microwaveable and dishwasher safe, what kind of dish did they put them in? just curious
Oh wow! Thank you so much for the feature! How exciting and I’m so happy you liked them! I will for sure be returning!
Hey Jessica! So far I’ve had no issues handwashing…but it’s only been a couple weeks.
I have tried to using clear finishing spray which has worked wonders! Considering that they are only marbled on the bottom no health risks should occur either (which is what I was worried about)
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Thanks Carmen! And thanks for stopping by!
You just won the award for funniest comment EVER! We must become friends! Love your blog lady. Thanks for visiting my little space on the internets =)
Thanks Angela and thank you for stopping by!
Thank you so much for the feature!
How easy and cool. Definitely giving this a try!
Chloe, they are so easy, it’s crazy! Thanks for stopping by! If you do try it, please upload a picture to my Facebook page. I’d love to see how it turned out!
Oh Awesome! THank you so much for the feature! I’m going to go over and stop by now!
This would be really cute for mugs that are used as pencil holders – or for vases, etc! I probably would not attempt it for mugs that I actually used for food and beverage though, even if the color was not near the mouth/food area.
They would be cute if dipped, dried then dipped in a 2nd color for a layered effect, too.
Thank you so much Mindie! You are too sweet! Hope you’ve had a better week health wise! Been thinking about you!
Awesome! Thank you sooooo much for the feature Natasha! If you try it out, post a picture of it to my Facebook page! I would love to see it!
I was wondering, if “top coated with mod podge would this look stay safe longer?
It might? I’m not as familiar the mod podge. I always look at it in Michael’s…mainly because I love it’s retro looking label =) I tell ya what though, if you try it, would you let me know?
i will do it with only one and see what happens. 🙂
Post a picture of them to my Facebook page…I’d love to see how they turned out! Good luck and thanks for stopping by!
Those cups look beautiful. You should totally be a hand model!! 🙂
Ha! It’s funny you say that Nikki! My mom was a hand model for Avon back in the 70s!
Awesome! So glad you stopped by! Be sure to upload a picture of yours to my Facebook account. I always love to see how everyone’s projects turn out!
Oh awesome! Thanks for stopping by Charlotte!
I saw these and had to give it a try. I wanted to ask you about how they’re holding up these days? Also, do you have any issues with the paint when you put hot liquids in the mugs?
Mine are holding up well! I don’t use them as much for drinking anymore though. I hand washed them a few times which is my least favorite thing to do, so they became pencil holders! LOL! But they look really pretty on my desk, and I can enjoy them every day. How did yours turn out?
Here’s a tip; line your container with glad wrap first s you don’t have to worry about getting nail polish on it! This is a good tutorial. I tried one from another website which says to drip the polish from the applicator, and you end up with splodgy polka dots. NOT the look I was going for!
That’s a really great tip! Thanks for chiming in! And I’m so happy it was a good tutorial for you. Splodgy polka dots is no good!
Please advise if you could do this using terracotta plant pots or on glass??
Hi Sarah! I’ve only done it on these mugs, but I have seen it on glass and it’s gorgeous. Especially in a hot pink. The terra cotta I’m unsure of, but if you try it, let me know. I’d love to hear how it turns out!
Thank you for your reply!! I will let you know my findings!! X
Awesome! I can’t wait to hear. Good luck!
Hi there, my daughter and I did this recently and are really pleased with the results. Unfortunately we now can’t get rid of the smell of nail polish on the mugs which makes using them rather unpleasant. Can anyone suggest a fix for this problem please x
Hi Alex, I’m so sorry you are having that problem. Oddly, mine do not smell. Maybe it’s the polish? When you paint your nails with it, does the smell stick around?
Not sure as I rarely paint my nails, I’ll do so now, if it still smells I’ll take it of the mugs and start over with different polish.
Oh you should! They are so fun to do!
Thanks so much for stopping by Trish!
Ha! Sometimes…other times, not so much =) Thanks for stopping by Meredith.
This is so awesome! Thank you! =)
Awesome! Thank you soooo much!
i’m going to try this for my christmas presents!!! Quite excited to see the results:)) yours looks so pretty!
Oh do it! They are so easy! If you do, Instagram them and tag #HOHinMyHome I’d love to see them!
I tried to water marble my mugs but it’s not working:( is it possible to water marble clear, transparent mugs?
Has anyone found the polish gets flaky…does baking it help with this, or putting a gloss finish on it?
Does it benefit to add dishwasher safe mod podge? any advice would be greatly appreciated 🙂
Lori- fellow INFP
is it safe to microwave these??? I want to give some of them as gifts, but I’d like to know if this is hazardous at all…
Can i know the material or quality of the mug??
I’m guessing this technique could be used for most ceramic/porcelain items? Possibly cabinet knobs and ceramic drawer pulls?
Yes! Definitely! After I did the mugs, I swear I wanted to marble everything in my house.
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Can I do this with glass paint or enamel craft paint instead of varnish?
Hello, I was wondering–is there any way to seal the mug so it’s dishwasher safe?
Hi Mackenzie. I’ve never tried to seal them.
I love this, I was wondering, when you set them down to dry do you put them so the open end is facing up or down (against the paper towel)
I laid mine face down on paper towel =)
I haven’t tried this yet, but i came across a few tutorials that suggested either dish-washer safe mod podge or a clear acrylic sealant to seal in the nail polish…though both also said not to put sealant or mod podge near spot you would drink from. Hope that helps. I can’t wait to try this..going to the thrift shop toda to find some white mugs!
doesnt it wear offand is it safe to drink from? one other thing, How do I clean the mug?
Razbregrll aka Katie
This was easy great amd cheap!. It literally rook me less than five minutes to find the things needed and complete a piece. Amazing idea! Ps. You dont to stick to just mugs!
Razbregrll aka KatieRazbregrll aka Katie
Also fyi . . Quick dry nail polish appears to sink right to the bottom, howwever i stir it ( i used chop sticks) it added a tint of the color that sank in a more watercolor wash way. Was pretty cool against the marble design of the polish that did float and create a film.
kylaRazbregrll aka Katie
It’s so fast and easy! Glad you had fun with it too!
Those are very pretty! I am going to make them for my grandma and aunt on Christmas!
How well does the paint hold up? Does it stay over several uses and washes?
That’s really cool, but I have a question…. can you use a pre-colored mug? If it is a light color, i would think it would be fine, the design just wouldn’t show up AS well. But I don’t have access to a white mug, sooo……. BTW SRRY BOUT UR COLD LOL
amazing, what a cool effect
We were given the supplies with a craft class and they included 2 metallic and 2 other nail gels. Do the gels take longer to dry? It’s been a week and they are still sticky.
I’ve never done this with gel nail polish, but my guess is that’s the inhibition layer and needs to be wiped with isopropyl alcohol wipes or a lint free cotton pad. The alcohol should dissolve the sticky layer (which is uncured gel polish) making it easy to wipe away. But again, I’m taking a guess.
I love how they turned out…would recommend get an extra just in case one doesn’t turn out or you don’t like it.
Whole heartedly agree ❤️
They are so very cute! Thank you for the idea!! I’m going to use this for my friend this Christmas. ❤
Your friend will love it! Have fun!