Pinterest Challenge-- Nail Polish Marbled Mugs

Welcome to the first 2018 monthly Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by My Pinterventures.

The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants of this hop (and you too) to not just pin, but to make it happen!

So this month, we chose to to try our hand at making marbled mugs using dollar store mugs and nail polish. 

I have seen several posts working with nail polish marbling and knew we could marble anything from painted rocks to paper to recycled tin cans.

I took most of my inspiration from Pillar Box Blue 

I asked my boys what they'd like to marble and they all agreed a dollar store mug sounded just fine.  Not entirely sure what I was getting myself into I did look at LOTS of other pins on how to nail polish marble and tips for better nail polish marbling.

When I felt like I knew all I was going to know I gathered the boys around and summarized what I had learned.

Basically we were going to use one of our science/school bowls that we don't ever eat out of and fill it with warm to hot water; this allows more time to work the nail polish.

Working close to the surface of the water we drizzled our nail polish and used a toothpick to swirl it around then dunked our mug in the nail polish.  We have to work fast because once the nail polish dries it will not attach to the mug.

Some mugs we dipped two or three times until we had an effect we liked.  We always made sure to clean any nail polish off the surface of the water and re-filled our bowl anytime the water began cooling off.

Any mistakes we made (like getting nail polish IN or around the rim of the cup) we removed with nail polish remover.  A few times we had some larger blobs of polish but I just used a damp towel and gently blotted the spot until I had either removed the blob of polish or sort of smeared it back into the design.

Blotting a blog of polish off the side. 

Prepping the water for another dip. 

We set them upside down to dry.  

My older two boys decided they don't want to use their mugs for drinking but to put in their rooms and hold pens, pencils and markers so they could decorate right up to the rim.

Evan and I would like to use ours so I went through the inside and the upper inch or so all the way around the mug with some nail polish remover to make sure we don't have nail polish anywhere the drink or our mouths will go.

Once dry all the mugs are safe to wash with soap and water by hand.

The older boys' mugs

Evan's mug with some of the polish removed 

He got some really neat patterns!

I used glitter polish on mine. 

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Now let's see what other things Pinterest inspired! Head over and visit the other hosts to see what they crafted, cooked, built, or tried!

Pinterest Challenge

Sam - Raggedy Bits • Lynne - My Family Thyme • Beverly - Across the Blvd.
Debra - Shoppe No. 5 • Lauren - Mom Home Guide • Emily - Domestic Deadline
Heather - Glitter on a Dime • Gwen - Geez, Gwen! • Kristie - Teadoodles

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  1. I've always wanted to try this! Did you find that it was sticky to the touch until it dried? These would make great gifts!

    1. It was a bit tacky until it dried, yes. I thought they'd make great gifts too.

  2. It looks hard to control. Did you get the look you were going for, or was it more fluid and unpredictable?

    1. It was very hard to control and very unpredictable. We did keep working until we liked it; dunking the mug multiple times when needed or using nail polish remover to remove the parts we didn't like.

  3. I have been wanting to try this craft. I really like how each design is different. Yours really is pretty with the glitter polish.

  4. What a cool project! I love the glitter on yours - very pretty!

  5. That's so cool! I've seen this before, but I've never tried it. Love the tip about the hot/warm water too.

    1. Thanks! I found that was so helpful! It's amazing how quickly that nail polish starts to dry... it sure seems to take forever when it's on my nails!

  6. Your mugs look great! I've had something similar pinned for a long time and haven't tried it. I need to do so.

  7. This looks like such a fun project!! Love the effect it leaves and the colours you and your kiddies chose!

    1. Thank you! It was a lot of fun. There's something so freeing in knowing you only control a small portion of the project and the rest is left up to chance.

  8. Those turned out great - I love it when Pinterest projects go as planned! ;-) My daughter has made a couple of these kind of mugs and she uses them to keep her pencils and paintbrushes.

    1. Thanks! Alec has put all of his favorite marker colors in his mug and carries them around with his coloring book now.

  9. These came out beautiful and even better, they look like so much fun to make! It's also nice to know I'm not the only parent with a stack of Science Bowls! lol

    1. Oh yes, science bowls, play-doh and play cookie sheets, extra measuring cups just for experimenting... that way I don't have to worry about us ruining any of the "good stuff."

  10. These mugs are so cute! What a fun project to do. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty

  11. These are so cute! I love that you turmed it into a family science project. It would be fun to have them try one with cold water and brainstorm why it didn't work. Then make the successful ones. Thanks for the awesome idea and easy tutorial!


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