Published on December 10th, 2014 | by Kristen Swain16
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.
I liked the idea of a set.
But you could easily come up with single colors for each mug.
Make a coordinating set with different colors for each mug.
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.
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.
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!)
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.
Add more polish and re-dip the mug as you like.
Hate the result? Take nail polish remover and wipe off then try again.
Allow to dry.
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.