DIY Marbled Coffee Cups

30 Minutes
I love holiday and seasonal decor. A great way to add a little decor to your home is with a decorative coffee cup. This Marbling process is simple and you may have the materials already at hand.
Coffee Mug
Nail Polish
disposable/plastic bowl
Tooth pick
Nail polish remover or Alcohol swab
Paper Towels
Step 1
Clean the cup with either alcohol or nail polish remover. The cup needs to be free of any oils or dirt for the polish to stick cleanly to the cup.
Fill a bowl with water deep enough to submerge the part of the cup you wish to marble.
Drip the nail polish onto the surface of the water. Do not drip from too high up or the polish will sink to the bottom. To add detail use a tooth pick to carefully pull the polish into swirls.
Slowly dip the cup into the water. You can also roll the cup over the top of the water. Experiment and play around with designs and colors.
Shake the excess water from the cup and set aside to dry. Once dry you can add a clear coat or dip again. For more detailed instructions and video check out my Blog post on
Use polish remover to clean the excess from the inside of the cup. Play around with different cup shapes and colors from even more unique designs. Hand wash the coffee mugs a dishwasher may peel the paint. Other options are nontoxic ceramic or glass paint.

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Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

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  • User User on Nov 15, 2015
    Una pregunta puedo conseguir la elaboración paso a paso de estos proyectos pero en español? Gracias.

  • Elms Elms on Dec 19, 2015
    Since it's so hard to get traditional Christmas ornaments here in Saudi Arabia I would like to try this technique with clear small round light bulbs and just add a bit more glitter dust. Do you think it would apply since the bulbs would be glass,will the polish stick to it too?Thank you for any info about this idea I am copying from you.Btw,beautiful creations,will try it on my mugs too to personalize them.Thanks again.

  • Jb51882908 Jb51882908 on Feb 25, 2016
    Nail polish mugs, can they go in the microwave ?


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