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Nail Polish Mugs {An Easy Craft Project}

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

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

Before we get to the how-to, though, let me re-introduce you to my favorite thing to put inside of one of these marbled cuties...

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Want to learn to make your own nail polish mugs?

 Let's get started...

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How to Make Nail Polish Mugs


Nail Polish (here's a cheap set of 12 nail polishes--a little more than $1 a piece)

Plain White Mugs (Washed and Dried-I found mine from World Market!!)

Disposable Tub (Old tuppeware works great here)

Skewer or Toothpick

Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge 

Parchment Paper

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

Not only that, I use them often for my morning cup of coffee :)

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

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Thanks for reading all about my marbled nail polish mugs!

Have a crafty day!

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Bonnie Layne

Tuesday 24th of December 2019

FANTASTIC IDEA!! I can’t wait to do this!!

C.D. McDougall

Saturday 6th of October 2018

Great idea! I would like to try it with the base of wine glasses. It will be a great way to tell the glasses apart through color! Thank you for the idea.

Viola Hayes

Friday 5th of October 2018

I'm so impressed with this project! The first thing I'm going to do is surprise my sister with my new talent.

Claire Vericker

Friday 28th of September 2018

Lovely and easy and inexpensive! What more could you ask for? I like to put air plants in pretty cups o dishes. They grow slowly and are easy and look great, like this project! 😊


Friday 28th of September 2018

Ohhh! I love this idea! Thank you for solving my boring mug problem and being a coffee lover like I am!