Marbled Mugs…DIY

Posted on: June 27th, 2016 by Carolyn Russell No Comments

Hi there!

I am so excited to be featured on Carolyn’s lovely blog.  I have been a reader of ‘i am captivated’ for a long time and I am thrilled to get to share a great DIY project with you today.

Before I jump into this month’s DIY post, let me introduce myself. My name is Omaya and I am one half of the team behind ‘the crafty kit’. The crafty kit is a monthly subscription box that delivers everything you need for a unique crafting project along with the tools and a step-by-step guide. We offer free delivery in the UAE a range of packages. The company was borne out of my love for creating things and we aim to inspire creativity by taking the hassle out of DIY projects, so you can just enjoy getting crafty.

In today’s post, I am going to show you how to make these gorgeous DIY Marbled Mugs. The best thing about this project is that it is super easy, fun and you probably have all the materials lying around the house.


Materials needed:

  • White mugs
  • Hot water
  • Nail polish (not quick drying)
  • Toothpicks
  • Large container (that you don’t mind getting messy)
  • Paper towels
  • Nail polish remover (optional)


1.Make sure you have all of your supplies in easy reach before you start this project. Once you start, you have to work really fast – the nail polish will dry in a matter of seconds so have everything at the ready!


2.Fill your container with hot water, the hotter the better.  Make sure that the container is either disposable or one you are happy to throw away after this project. It also helps if you use something fairly deep so you can get a good amount of the colour clinging to the mug when you dip it in. Choose which colour nail polish you want to start with; you can make each mug a different colour of mix several colours together.


3.Holding the nail polish bottle close to the water, drip some drops and lines onto the surface. Spread your drops out over the whole surface of the water and avoid big drops as these won’t cling well to the mug and will make it look gloopy.


4.Take a toothpick and quickly swirl the nail polish so it covers most of the water. Immediately dip your mug into the polish, avoiding the area where you drink out of the mug.


5.Let it sit for a few seconds so the nail polish can cling to the mug, then take your mug out of the water. I found it works best if you lower it at an angle then move it around as you see the colour start to attach itself.


6.If you make any mistakes, you can go in quickly with nail polish remover and some kitchen towel. Turn your mugs upside down on a paper towel to dry. Allow your mugs to fully dry and you’re done!


Make sure to hand wash carefully and do not microwave.

These mugs make a great gift, especially with some sweet treats tucked inside. I love how each one is completely unique and how easy these are to make.


We hope you really enjoy making them too! Of course, we may be a bit biased, but we think they look doubly gorgeous on these coasters, from April’s kit.

Until next month, enjoy getting crafty!

Omaya xoxo

P.S If you would like to order July’s crafty kit, we take orders until the end of the month so get clicking!


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