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Published on December 10th, 2014 | by Kristen Swain


Gift Giving – Marbled Mugs

With the economy as tight as it is, I wanted to come up with personalized, homemade gifts to give for the holidays.

This year, I wanted to make sure, that handmade looked as nice as any store bought gift.

These lovely personalized marbled mugs are just perfect.

They are hand-wash safe, not dishwasher, but still, enjoyment abounds getting something so pretty.

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I liked the idea of a set.

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But you could easily come up with single colors for each mug.

Make a coordinating set with different colors for each mug.

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To create these mugs, I found $1 mugs at the store, and then got a bucket, and distilled water.

From doing marbled nails, I discovered the distilled allows the paint to not dry as fast in the water.

I also picked out nail polish colors I liked. Mine are pink, brown and silver.

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Put enough water into the bucket to cover the mug, then drop or drip nail polish into the water.

It will thin and marble on it’s own, but you can lightly blow across the surface to get it to swirl more.

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Dip your mug into the water at an angle.

Be sure not to get nail polish all the way to the top of the lip of the mug, leave about an inch or more. (This is something I discovered later!) surprised

The nail polish is gorgeous, but has a bit of a taste when using the mug. Thus, leave an inch at the top so your lips don’t touch it when drinking.

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Add more polish and re-dip the mug as you like.

Hate the result? Take nail polish remover and wipe off then try again.

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Allow to dry.

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Dip and have fun!

If you give these as gifts, be sure to include an instruction card telling your recipient they need to hand-wash the cups.



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16 Responses to Gift Giving – Marbled Mugs

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  2. Vicki says:

    I’ve made quite a few of these with different mugs and different quality nail polish and no matter how long I let them dry (upwards of a week for one!) the moment I use them, the nail polish rubs off onto my hands…am I doing something wrong or is there a trick I’m missing?

    • cmiy says:

      Hi Vicki, I had not had that problem. Perhaps there is a coating on the mugs? I rub my mugs with acetone first. I would think that the polish would wear off eventually, but not with light use, they should last. Perhaps putting the polish on where you might not have your hands as much? maybe even try just dipping one side of the mug at an angle.

  3. Hayley says:

    Are these dishwasher safe? Or is there a way to make them so? I saw a tutorial for sharpies that used oil based markers which seemed to work nice. Any suggestions?

    • cmiy says:

      Hi Hayley! I think you could spray them with an oil based gloss to make them dishwasher safe, but I haven’t tried it, and it might not be food safe. They are handwash only, because of the delicateness of the nailpolish.

    • polly says:

      I’ve seen the tutorial for using sharpie marker, too ,and I think you ‘bake’ the mug, vase, etc in a 350 degree oven after the sharpies dry, to keep it on long term. I’d be afraid to do that with nail polish, as paint is flammable.

      • cmiy says:

        Hi Polly! I’ve researched those sharpie mugs, you need to have an oil based sharpie. The regular everyday ones would come off with any washing. I agree, I wouldn’t heat set the nailpolish.

  4. Ruth says:

    Hi, I have made these in the past, however I have also read that the nail polish is not food safe, and shouldn’t be used without a food safe coating going over the polish. Can you recommend a product that would work for this purpose? My daughter and I really would love to use our mugs, but I’m hesitant to with the nail polish being so close to the rim where you sip.

    Thank you very much in advance! :)

    • cmiy says:

      Hi Ruth, that non food safe is the reason I suggest not to get the marbling up anywhere close to the rim. Keeping it about 1 inch away from where your mouth goes will keep them usable!

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  6. SFinney says:

    Perhaps the idea could be used on something other than food ware BUT IT IS Beautiful! Thanks 4 sharing

  7. Jaimie says:

    I started making cups and am trying to sell them, what brand of Sealing spray would you recommend me using? I currently have Krykon Maxx- crystal clear acrylic/satin… But I’m nervous that it went be safe for people to use.

    • cmiy says:

      Hi Jaimie, I don’t know of any clear coat that would be safe to use where someone’s mouth would go. I would tape off about half the cup and make sure to only coat the bottom where the coloring would be.

  8. Cathie says:

    Mod podge dishwasher safe at Michaels. You can coat mugs and plates after they dry.

  9. Carla says:

    I have tried this but the film developers right away on the water and I can’t mix the colours. Any suggestions

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