Marbling Using Nail Polish

Marbling Using Nail Polish

I have to admit, I’ve been wanting to marble something for a looooooong time! I’ve looked at all the different techniques, but the one that caught my attention was this Marbling Using Nail Polish DIY, which inspired this project So naturally, I gave it a try. Yep, it’s pretty safe to say that I instantly fell in love with how easy it was and how beautiful the results were. 

Marbling Using Nail Polish

All you will need is a container that’s big enough to submerge your entire object, nail polish and water. Right off the bat I am going to warn you that using old nail polish that you might have kicking around from who knows when will NOT work. I tried it all. It gives you clumpy results, rather than that nice smooth finish you’re looking for.

Marbling Using Nail Polish

Marbling Using Nail Polish

I used nail polish that was fairly new, it doesn’t have to be expensive by any means! Don’t be afraid to practice until you feel comfortable with your technique. I failed the first few times, but finally got it right on my final two projects. For decor, I simply used an As-Is candle holder form IKEA that we got for $2.50 and an old ceramic trophy I found at Target a couple years ago. 

Marbling Using Nail Polish

Marbling Using Nail Polish

Fill your container with water and drop your nail polish into the water in whatever pattern you desire. I did little swirls, but you can do anything! You may choose to swirl the polish once it’s in the water with a skewer, but I let the polish take on it’s natural form. Don’t wait too long, within a few seconds you should be dipping your object carefully into your water/polish mixture. I simply pressed one side of my object straight down on one side of the container and turned it on the other side as it was making it’s way out of the water so the entire object was covered. If you just want to dip your object into the mixture, simply submerge it until you have the amount covered, depending on the look you are going for.  

Marbling Using Nail Polish

Marbling Using Nail Polish

Carefully place on a dry surface. Do not touch until the object is completely dry! Once dry, display your piece and enjoy!  I’ve tried all kinds of colors, there are so many beautiful outcomes! It’s impossible to not have fun with this.

Marbling Using Nail Polish

IMarbling Using Nail Polish

I ultimately chose a grey nail polish for a more modern look which better suits my decor, but I’ve also used a hot pink which was SO fantastic (keep an eye out for another Marble-y DIY soon)! 

XOXO, Lidy

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  • This is genius!!! But of course everything you touch is 😉

    • HelloLidy

      You are way too sweet Claire! Thanks for the uplifting words :)

      XOXO

  • Sabrina Grant

    This is so pretty. It looks super expensive and the way you display the finished product makes it even more appealing. Seriously, I wish you could come make over my house (on someone else’s dime of course :) This makes me want to try it and be crafty, but my house isn’t even hip enough to carry a piece this cool :) Love you!

    • HelloLidy

      I wish I could too. Then we could get a lot of visiting in and have fun decorating your house! By the way, you could totally pull this off! It’s so fun, you should just try it out on something and see what you think. Start small until you get the hang of it. We all don’t think we are crafty, but then you do it enough times you realize you can be! It’s a bit messy and smelly, so with Mia being around I would try doing it outside so the fumes don’t stink up your house!

      XOXO

      • Sabrina Grant

        Good idea! Maybe I will try this over spring break :)

  • What a great craft! I have a few ceramic pieces done with horse hair that have a similar look, but this DIY is an amazing way to recreate the look at home, no Kiln needed! I would love to try this on some rounded ceramic pieces, I love how your candle holder turned out!

    • HelloLidy

      Thank you so much Jordan! I’m so flattered you stopped by and like the DIY :) Rounded ceramics would look lovely marbled I imagine! It’s truly addicting though. Once you do one thing, you want to try it all 😉

      Thanks again so much for coming by!

      XOXO

  • I love this. And your blog and style. Not sure how I recently found it, but glad I did. Lots of beautiful inspiration. I just bought a second-hand vase today that this technique would work great with. I’m curious if the same technique would work with gold paint. I might try both!!

    • HelloLidy

      Hey! Thank you so much for your incredibly kind words!!! I’m sure gold paint would work, but really it doesn’t hurt to try regardless 😉 I experimented with a lot of colors and just loved the look of this the best. Good luck!

      XOXO

  • oh… just remembered how i found your blog… via apartment therapy. they linked to your swing wall lamp diy post, but when i clicked on their link, it didn’t bring up the post. but it did not deter me from checking out your blog… just because i was so impressed with the awesome lamp!!

    then, to my delight, i searched for that post on your blog and found it. at first, i assumed maybe it had gotten deleted since apartment therapy posted about it. but it must have just changed url addresses. glad i searched and found it instead of giving up and closing the browser tab. thanks for the awesome diy. definitely plan on making that lamp for my home!

    • HelloLidy

      I am so happy you found my blog by the way! It means the world that you came by to check it out :) I’m not sure why the link isn’t working, but sometimes that kind of just happens if something changes. Sadly. Happy you found it though – yay!!

      Stop by anytime!! And if you ever have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email!

      XOXO

  • Ama

    This is such a great idea! I like the grey/white combination, your pieces turn out so chic!

    • Thanks so much Ama! I appreciate it :)

      XOXO

    • HelloLidy

      Thanks so much Ama!!

      XOXO

  • Janis

    What did you put it on to dry? I’m imagining the nail polish sticking to whatever it touches.

    • Guest

      Try greaseproof paper maybe? I’m not sure as I haven’t tried it but it might work.

    • HelloLidy

      Janis, it dries very quickly! But I just placed it on paper towel. I wasn’t worried about the bottoms of my objects being wrecked really.

      XOXO

  • Nancy Lamb

    I think I’ll try this on Easter eggs.

    • Emily

      Please do not decorate Easter eggs with nail polish.

    • Nancy Lamb

      Sorry, I wasn’t clear. Not real eggs, but decorations. Also, they’re a smaller piece for practice before tackling larger items.

      • HelloLidy

        That would be very cool! On decorative ones of course 😉

        XOXO

      • ~ Sue ~

        Brilliant idea :-)

  • Diane Scott

    This technique only works on Ceramic?

  • Katy Beth Ritz

    This is so awesome! I’m so glad I accidently stumbled across your blog.

  • ~ Sue ~

    Absolutely LOVE this! During my Halloween crafting, I discovered how brilliantly versatile nail polish can be, but this… Oh my! I can’t wait for Halloween to be over, so I can give this a try!! Thank you for sharing.

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