DIY Marbled Vases

3 Materials
$5
10 Minutes
Easy

Do you guys remember those eggs and pumpkins I marbled? And do you remember those vases I just painted? Let's just say you do, k? Ideas were starting to form in my head about getting those two projects to come together. If you have ever faux marbled anything like this you will understand why I marbled so many vases. Despite all of the fumes I inhaled, this project was so much fun...almost therapeutic actually (maybe that was partly due to the fumes). I might faux marble a vase everyday to calm my nerves this summer while the kids are home from school. I did this project a few different ways and I have my favorite way. Each way works but you'll get a slightly different outcome each time.
diy marbled vases
I call this first attempt practice round 1. For this round, I poured white paint inside my vase, flipped the vase over and let the paint cover the inside of the vase (just like I did with my painted vases). Once the inside of the vase was dry (well, sort of dry because I have no patience) I dipped my vase in a container of water and blue nail polish (just like my Easter eggs). I really did like this version but I wasn't getting the look I wanted.  And the nail polish was on the outside of the vase.  I wanted a smoother look and feel on the actual vase itself.
diy marbled vases
So I moved on to practice round 2. For this round, I added white paint AND blue paint to the inside of my vase. With a long skewer I marbled the paint inside the vase first.
diy marbled vases
I flipped my vase over and let the paint slide around the vase. And oh my goodness, I was having so much fun. Maybe too much fun...the kids kept looking at me like I was a nut. This practice round was going so well...but when I flipped my vases over to drain out the extra paint and to dry, the two paints started mixing too much into each other and I was getting a less definite marble look. Get what I am saying?
diy marbled vases
So then came practice Round 3 (and technically round 4). Instead of using white and blue paint, I used white paint and blue nail polish. The nail polish held it's own much better when mixed with the white paint. This round was my favorite. If you have a smaller vase this should be pretty easy peasy. But it's the larger vases that require some more work. Once again, I added paint to my vase, added in some nail polish, swirled it around in the vase with a skewer, flipped the vase on it's side and let the paint do it's thing.
diy marbled vases
For these bigger vases you will need to keep adding paint and nail polish as you go. My first attempt I didn't add as much nail polish as I should have so one of my vases has a less marbled look. The other vase I was very liberal with the paint and nail polish. I tried to work in sections and kept adding paint and nail polish as I worked my way up the vase. If you do not like to waste then this project might make you cringe. There was a good amount of paint that came out of my jar onto my plastic as it was flipped over drying. But you know, a girl has to do what a girl has to do to get that marble look.
diy marbled vases
Make sure to head over to my blog to see more details about this project as well as others! https://www.lanternlanedesigns.com/how-to-make-your-own-marbled-vases/
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  • Alison Crosby
    on Jun 11, 2018

    can you give an estimate of how many bottles of polish you used on one of the vases? and how much paint?

  • Kathryn
    on Jun 12, 2018

    Love it, I will try this. Could use advice on how much paint and polish and what was the size of your vase?

  • Rebecca Helms
    on Jul 27, 2018

    Will the paint and nail polish be a prob with what ever you put in the vase. Like roses are any type of delivered flowers?

    • Hi Rebecca, I did spray some clear spray paint inside my jar to try to protect it from water but I have yet to put anything fresh inside my jar so I am not 100% sure. I'll let you know when I do!

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  • Diena Cameron
    on Jun 15, 2018

    Beautiful Jenna ! A few weeks ago while shopping at the Dollar tree, I bought a bunch (12 maybe ?!) different colored nail polishes. They had some gorgeous colors ! I didn't know what I was going to do with 12 at the time besides paint my nails but now I do !! I was surprised at the prices, some were $.60 and some were $1.00 so thank you for the idea for my next project ! 😍

  • Instead of wasting your paint in the drain bucket, get some small canvases (5x5 would be a good starting place) and dip your canvas into the "waste" to make some lovely dipped canvases. If there is a significant amount, try adding more colors of paint and do an acrylic pour on a larger canvas. Google it and you'll fall in love! Once you have your matching canvas, you can add more painted details or do a collage on top of it. No more waste!!

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