Marbling DIY

September 2, 2015

Are these the cutest little salt & pepper shakers, ever? I picked these babies up at the dollar store. Oooooh yeah, I did. But — they aren’t without a little upgrade. Have you noticed the whole marbling craze happening all over Pinterest? Well, I hopped on board that train! My first Marbling DIY project — these little, spice-popping pretties.

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Put your old nail polishes to use with this FUN and EASY, faux marbling DIY technique! Cheap dollar store finds become high-style, chic, home decor in a few simple steps!

The Kiddo even got in on the act with the marbling too, and actually, these were her choice during our trip to our fave discount shop. I chose to have a little fun with plain white square tiles from the HFH Restore, to make into drink coasters. It was a whole buck-fifty investment for my coaster project. (See my YouTube video, next! Eek!)

Not too shabby, right? So, what supplies do you need if you want to marbleize? Not much…

  1. A project to marbleize (tiles, S&P shakers, mug, whatever…)
  2. Nail polish (don’t want to waste your favourite shade? I got a bunch of colours at the dollar store for a buck or two each!)
  3. Water (in a large tub is best)
    *Optional: clear sealer (if you’re worried about wear and tear).

Put your old nail polishes to use with this FUN and EASY, faux marbling DIY technique! Cheap dollar store finds become high-style, chic, home decor in a few simple steps!

Okay, so we’ve looked at a couple of cute finished projects. But, how did we get here? The steps are so simple, y’all! Take a peek at these 5 easy steps…

Step One: Fill your tub with water.

Step Two: Sink a few drops of various colours of nail polish into the tub of water.

Step Three: Drag a toothpick around, to mix (and marbleize) your colours a little. (Do this quickly, as the nail polish starts to get a little gummy, quite fast).

Step Four: Immerse your project item, into the water. I liked using a bit of a dragging motion into, and then out of the water.

Step Five: Set your project aside to dry. Once dry, you can add an optional coat of clear sealer.

Put your old nail polishes to use with this FUN and EASY, faux marbling DIY technique! Cheap dollar store finds become high-style, chic, home decor in a few simple steps!

Another dollar store find? A simple, reusable, drink cup. I plan on washing this by hand, I don’t think this nail polish marbling technique will stand up to the mighty dishwasher.

Put your old nail polishes to use with this FUN and EASY, faux marbling DIY technique! Cheap dollar store finds become high-style, chic, home decor in a few simple steps!Have you jumped on the marbling bandwagon? The possibilities are really endless, and it’s good, (mostly) clean, fun. The Kiddo thought it was pretty cool too. My only side note, is it can get a bit smelly with all that polish, so you might want to crack a window. Hope this has inspired you to dig out those old polishes and put them to good use!

 

 

32 thoughts on “Marbling DIY

  1. renee glass

    Hi! I found your pin last night and I am super excited to try it today!! Thank you so much for sharing, I must be careful not to marbleize everything that isn.t nailed down though. lol ! I think first two projects for this will be my rice light bottles and possibly some plaster of paris flowers.!!

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  2. Trisha

    This looks awesome, but how would you suggest disposing of the water? And do you have you change with every piece of the project?

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  3. Cindy Frappier

    Did not work for me, was very bummed out. It clumped up right away. I followed the steps. Any ideas or help. Thank you

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  8. Candice

    I’ve been seeing this trend out there, along with everyone else haha, and I’m so excited to give this a try when I get into my new house. I’m going to start with some bowls and display them, I think that’s my first action plan…
    I added this to my DIY Home Decor Round up this week if you’d like to check it out- https://catastrofebella.com/2017/03/26/10-simple-diy-home-decor-ideas/
    I appreciate you sharing your fun ideas and tutorials! Thanks so much!

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  10. Imocross@123

    I absolutely LOVE the whole marble thing! It looks so cool!!! Just one question – won’t the nail polish come of when you wash it??? So in the end the cup will only be usable once? I don’t get it☺️…

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    1. freshcrush Post author

      Thanks so much! Nope, most marbling lasts through hand-washing, and you can choose to use a sealer (Mod Podge makes a dishwasher safe one — however, I would still choose to hand-wash), to put overtop. Thanks!

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  12. Alyson

    If I were to seal something ceramic or glass, what sort of clear sealant would you recommend? Also, how have your projects held up with hand washing?
    Thanks!

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