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Marbling Bottles with Nail Polish

This simple tutorial explains how to marble glass bottles - it's a great way to use up all those polishes you never wear, with stunning results!

The inspiration for this project came from all the beautiful images on Pinterest of marbled fingernails. We know exactly what will be going into these little bottles, and as it is something rather special, we wanted the decoration on the bottles to be as fabulous as the contents will be!

We used a selection of nail polishes that I didn't mind using up. Commonsense would suggest that a newer nail polish would be thinner, and probably give the best result, but I just hid the ones that I love, and also took away all the quick drying ones, letting the kids choose from the rest. Before we started, we also planned how we would dry the bottles, as they clearly wouldn't be safe upended on their necks. Our solution was pencils stuck into an old, slightly manky-looking (sorry about that, but I knew it would come in useful one day!) floristry oasis, anchored into a pot.

This simple tutorial explains how to marble glass bottles - it's a great way to use up all those polishes you never wear, with stunning results!

We used warm tap water, and gently dropped the polish on to its surface. We found that if you just tipped it in, it all sank to the bottom, so we let it pour from the bottle onto the brush, held just above the water, and that worked pretty well. Once we had added our colours, we used a cocktail stick to mix them up to get a marbled effect. I'd advise using a container that you don't mind ruining, I didn't even bother trying to clean ours, instead have just put it aside for next time.

This simple tutorial explains how to marble glass bottles - it's a great way to use up all those polishes you never wear, with stunning results!

We then popped the sides of our bottles into the water and turned them gently. The nail polish grips the glass immediately, and clings on, so you get pretty much all the nail polish from the surface of the water attached straight away. This would mean that with bigger objects, you would have to go through the process a few times to cover it all.

This simple tutorial explains how to marble glass bottles - it's a great way to use up all those polishes you never wear, with stunning results!

This simple tutorial explains how to marble glass bottles - it's a great way to use up all those polishes you never wear, with stunning results!

We then popped our bottles on the pencils and left them to dry. We like how all ours turned out, but it would be easy enough to remove any smudges, or indeed the whole thing with nail polish remover if you weren't happy with your results.

This simple tutorial explains how to marble glass bottles - it's a great way to use up all those polishes you never wear, with stunning results!

This technique turned out to be far easier than I expected, we will be on the look out for bargain nail polishes from now on, and fancy trying to decorate some glass tealight holders next - we think the effect would be stunning with a lit candle inside! If you've enjoyed this tutorial and fancy checking out some more of our recycled craft ideas, why not take a look at our Recycled Magazine Basket and Pretty Pocket Purses.

This simple tutorial explains how to marble glass bottles - it's a great way to use up all those polishes you never wear, with stunning results!

This simple tutorial explains how to marble glass bottles - it's a great way to use up all those polishes you never wear, with stunning results!

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  • Reply Cal at Family Makes

    I love this idea, and the end results. It’s a pretty impressive craft which older children would enjoy (I’m always looking for these!), and would make great gifts for grandparents too. I think we might try it on wine glasses.

    April 27, 2016 at 8:44 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      My daughter is 8 and she managed it really well. I know one of my other readers made some tealights which they were really pleased with too – let me know how you get on Cal, if you try it :)

      April 28, 2016 at 2:42 pm
  • Reply Mudpie Fridays

    These look great, I have seen marbling done with old nail varnishes before and have often wanted to give it ago, especially as I have a whole box of weird and wonderful colours which I thought looked cool! Although they maybe a little old by now but its worth ago. Thank you for joining us at #BloggerClubUK x

    April 12, 2016 at 7:55 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I’m the same – I have no idea why I thought lime green nails would look good on me, but I must have, as I bought it lol. Let me know how you get on if you try it :)

      April 14, 2016 at 9:06 pm
  • Reply Sarah James @ Tales From The Kitchen Shed

    What a brill idea Sarah, I love it that you can use up odds and ends with such a pretty result. Thanks for sharing x
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    April 7, 2016 at 8:53 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Sarah, its great fun to do, and we made some lovely little bottles for our extracts :)

      April 10, 2016 at 9:27 am
  • Reply Random Musings

    I love this. The bottles look amazing and it sounds so easy to do :)
    Debbie

    April 6, 2016 at 4:13 pm
  • Reply Christmas tea lights with nail polish marbling - Let Kids Be Kids | Let Kids Be Kids

    […] them out each year. However,  it was time to get creative again and make some more. After reading Craft Invaders post on nail polish marbling I knew exactly how we could make some pretty Christmas tea light […]

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