Easy DIY marbled nail polish mugs make the perfect homemade gift! A simple craft done in a few minutes that looks like it took hours of work!
“Rebecca, isn’t this a food blog?” Yes! Yes it is! But I have a fun last-minute DIY I think you will love! As you know I always take about my DIY gifts I give my immediate family every year. I started this tradition (with myself) a few years ago, from yarn wreaths, memory jars, and last year’s cinnamon ornaments, I love this time of year to get a little crafty with things other than food. I’m always on the lookout all year long for the best (easy) DIY that I can find and do with no fuss. I just happened to be doing my HIIT cardio session on the bike one morning while I had Home and Family on the Hallmark channel playing on the TV.
Low and behold, good old Home and Family had a great DIY gift segment for the holidays. A simple craft with mugs, nail polish, and a bowl of water (that’s it!). I knew I had to try this one out! I’ve made sharpie mugs before, but other the years, the marker rubs off. The nail polish seemed like it maybe something more lasting if taken care of. Even if my family just uses them decoratively to store pens and pencils, these are a pretty great gift to give. (I am hoping my family doesn’t choose today’s post to be reading my blog…). I always get super excited about the gifts I give my family. It’s one of my favorite parts of Christmas morning! I also write sappy letters to them and usually just leave the room when they all open them or hide my face in my lap. Regardless of my embarrassment, it’s still my favorite part and I think my family is pretty content with the gifts as well 😉
Now, here’s what you need to do this super fast DIY. I’m telling you, it takes about 5 minutes, then you just need to let everything dry. It can take longer if you want to fix you design, but we can discuss that later, once you see what you’re getting into. One caveat, whatever bowl you use for the water, you will be pouring some nail polish in and no matter, the nail polish stains the bowl. I used an old plastic cookie container and…well…let’s just say it looks like a pretty piece of unintentional artwork (that I hide from my mom so she would get made I ruined it).
DIY Marbled Nail Polish Mugs
+ Ceramic Dishwasher-Safe Mugs
+ Various Colored Nail Polish (dark colors are better)
+ A Large Bowl or Container
+ Nail Polish Remover (if you want to redo)
+ Paper Towel (to dry mugs on)
1. Fill your bowl with enough water so that it’s almost full, but enough room so there will be no overflowing when you dunk the mugs.
2. Pour in a few drops of nail polish in your color of choice into the water. You can pour right in the middle or in a swirl motion, whatever you desire.
3. Quickly, take one mug, holding the lip/rim with you hand and dunk right into the bowl of water. You can dunk one side, straight in the middle, just the handle, etc. Just leave the lip area clean. When you pull it out, there will be a marbled pattern of color. Repeat this process with another color if desired or more of the same. Play around with your design as you don’t have much say it how it will look once you pull it out!
4. If you hate how it looks, or one spot gets mussed up. Simply use some paper towel of a Q-Tip with some nail polish remover and wipe off when you don’t like. Wash the mug off before redoing it!
5. Once you’re satisfied, let the mugs dry on a paper towel upside down. Make sure they are totally dry before picking them up again!
I did an all pink one, a green and orange one, and a dark purple with some blue one. It was rather fun and much easier than I had originally though before I actually did it! I was even going to try and make a video for this DIY, but that would have been messy. I already got nail polish on myself and the table…of course that container too. Okay, and made even some pink stained the sink when I tried furiously to clean the container. That wore off…except for one little pink spot I still see on the metal rack in the sink (oops!)
Isn’t it pretty! I love how they turned out! I was going to make ornaments again this year, different than the cinnamon ones, but I’m glad I went with these pretty mugs! For some reason I always just do enough for my family and forget to throw an extra one in for myself. I need to go buy another mug so I can make one for me! Haha! So if you’re in need of an easy DIY or last minute gift, that isn’t food, these mugs are perfect! They look fancy and like you bought them this way, but you made them yourself!
So tell me:
+ Did you DIY any gifts (or will you) this year?
+ What’s your most favorite gift you ever gave someone? The Build-A-Bear Penguin I made for my mom when I was a lot younger! I thought it was the BEST gift since she loves penguins. It was the Penguin from Happy Feet I believe. Always my favorite gift though.
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