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Marbling Bottles with Nail Polish

This simple tutorial explains how to marble glass bottles using nail polish.Β  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 using nail polish - 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 used a selection of old nail polishes that I never wear. Commonsense would suggest that newer nail polish would be thinner, giving the best result, but I just hid the ones that I love, and let the kids choose from the rest. Before we started, we also planned how we would dry the bottles. Our solution was pencils stuck into an old floristry oasis, anchored into a pot.

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

Method:

Use warm tap water, and gently drop the polish on to its surface. If you just tip it in quickly, it may sink to the bottom, so use the brush held just above the water to control the flow. Once you have added your choice of colours, use a cocktail stick to mix them up to get a marbled effect. Use a container that you don't mind ruining as it won't be easy to clean when you finish.

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

Pop the sides of the bottles into the water and turned them gently. The nail polish grips the glass immediately, so you will find that all the nail polish from the surface of the water clings straight away.

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

If you try this technique with larger objects, you may have to go through the process more than once to cover it all.

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

Leave the bottles to dry. Once dry you can remove any smudges using cotton wool and nail polish remover if you wish. The polish is tough once dry, and these bottles hand wash happily.

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

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This simple tutorial explains how to marble glass bottles using nail polish - 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 using nail polish - 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 πŸ™‚

      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 πŸ™‚

      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 πŸ™‚

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

    I love this. The bottles look amazing and it sounds so easy to do πŸ™‚
    Debbie

    April 6, 2016 at 4:13 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It’s really simple, Debbie. Its lovely to do for tea-light holders too πŸ™‚

      April 6, 2016 at 10:05 pm
  • Reply Christmas tea lights with nail polish marbling - Let Kids Be Kids | Let Kids Be Kids

    […] them out each year. However,Β Β 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 […]

    December 7, 2015 at 11:26 am
  • Reply Maestro mummy

    These look beautiful! Great idea #trash2treasure
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    November 16, 2015 at 10:46 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thank you – its a great way to brighten glass up – we’re using them for our Christmas liqueurs that we’ve been making

      November 17, 2015 at 4:07 pm
  • Reply Tracey Abrahams

    Thats a fantastic way of dressing up a plain bottle or jar. I tend to keep the jars my Yankee Candles come on after they have been used, so may try this effect on them. Thanks for linking up, Tracey xx #abitofeverything
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    November 12, 2015 at 4:12 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Would be a lovely way to dress up a jar like that, and in fact you could make your own candles to fill it too πŸ™‚

      November 13, 2015 at 8:00 pm
  • Reply EmmaK

    These turned out amazing. I have to try this! Great way to use up old nailpolish too.
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    November 11, 2015 at 5:11 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Its a brilliant way to use up old polishes. I have an 8 yr old daughter so we have all sorts of weird colours in the house that she has persuaded me to buy in the past, and then sanity kicked in I realised I’d never wear!

      November 12, 2015 at 11:26 am
  • Reply Catie: An imperfect mum

    Great idea. I like the sound of tea lights and may have to try this now. #abitofeverything

    November 10, 2015 at 6:54 pm
  • Reply wendy

    Wow, this is amazing. I have loads of nail varnish that I don’t use, this is a good way of using it up and making pretty things. Considering making all my christmas gifts this year, this would be a great effect to use on jars filled with christmassy treats, love it xx #abitofeverything

    November 10, 2015 at 2:31 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Be perfect for that. We make all our Christmas presents now, and everyone always seems really pleased with them – who doesn’t enjoy a few treats!

      November 10, 2015 at 11:01 pm
  • Reply Kate

    What a brilliant idea! I had never thought of using old nail varnish as glass paint! Will have to remember that next time Im having a clear out! #Trash2Treasure

    November 10, 2015 at 2:24 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It’s brilliant as its so hard-wearing and comes in such vibrant colours. There must be loads of other ways you can use it for crafts, I’ll have to get thinking πŸ™‚

      November 10, 2015 at 11:03 pm
  • Reply whine or wine

    I am always looking for inspiration!!Thank you, need to do more things like this with the kids!! xx
    #abitofeverything

    November 10, 2015 at 1:22 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      The kids loved making these – and it really is very quick and easy πŸ™‚

      November 10, 2015 at 11:05 pm
  • Reply Let kids be kids linky 10/11/15 - Let Kids Be Kids | Let Kids Be Kids

    […] I just have to try this marbling with nail polish from Craft invaders. […]

    November 10, 2015 at 6:00 am
  • Reply Let kids be kids

    Popping back, I really am going to have to try this.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsbeKids
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    November 5, 2015 at 2:23 pm
  • Reply Caro | The Twinkle Diaries

    What an awesome idea!! Looks so much fun!! I love simple ideas like this β€” particularly when they work so brilliantly! Thanks so much for sharing and thanks so much for linking up with us! #TwinklyTuesday πŸ™‚
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    November 4, 2015 at 6:36 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      We like to keep it simple and cheap too, we hope to give people lots of ideas using stuff they already have at home πŸ™‚

      November 5, 2015 at 12:41 pm
  • Reply Let kids be kids

    They look gorgeous. What a fab idea. We have some little jars I have been trying to think how to make them into nice tea light holders…this is perfect! Thank you. #Trash2Treasure
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    November 4, 2015 at 12:50 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Tea lights would be perfect for this technique – the colours would look so jewel like. Would love to see them when you get them made πŸ™‚

      November 4, 2015 at 1:33 pm
  • Reply Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    Sarah, I had never seen this before, love it! My daughter has a bajillion bottles of nail color that she doesn’t wear anymore, perhaps she’ll let me have them! LOL I’m sure I paid for them in the first place! Thanks for the step-by-step!!!
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    November 4, 2015 at 4:45 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Its such a great way to use up old bottles. I don’t see why you couldn’t thin down any that have gone gloopy as well – going to try next time we get them out. I often see the more ‘unusual’ colours reduced so will be buying them all up now! Still seriously considering buying a waffle maker Nikki, thanks to all your amazing recipes x

      November 4, 2015 at 12:45 pm
  • Reply Verily Victoria Vocalises

    Marbling has to be one of the best crafts ever! I love what you have done here. Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo x
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    November 3, 2015 at 10:42 pm
  • Reply Coombe Mill

    Always a clever idea to share! they would look lovely stacked together on a bathroom shelf colour coordinated to match your room colours. I have some little glass bottles with stops that the colour has come away from, I might just give them a little makeover with this idea. Thank you for sharing with me on #Trash2Treasure

    November 3, 2015 at 3:19 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Fiona, they would look lovely in a bathroom, really great way to tie in a colour scheme πŸ™‚

      November 4, 2015 at 12:47 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    It’s a great effect isn’t it!? We did this with eggs at Easter and the kids loved it – although it was messy! Sarah #trash2treasure
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    November 2, 2015 at 7:13 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It is such fun. I guess with eggs you must end up putting your fingers in to to get them to submerge – bet they look really pretty though πŸ™‚

      November 2, 2015 at 9:48 pm
  • Reply Jenny Eaves

    These are fantastic, I love that you can mix lots of different colours together for them. They will look lovely with LED lights in at the window, I can imagine the colours would be quite vibrant like that. However I need to buy some nail polish for this project as I don’t actually own any!
    Thanks so much for linking up to #HowtoSunday πŸ™‚ x
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    November 1, 2015 at 1:08 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I plan to keep my eyes open for some bargain ones, I’m hoping that some of the ones that may be less popular for nails may be the ones that are perfect for craft πŸ™‚

      November 1, 2015 at 10:28 pm
  • Reply Debbie

    Hi Sarah, how clever. I’ve seen how they marble nails in this way, but would never have thought to try it on glass bottles. I think you’re right it would look pretty on a tealight candle holder and with Christmas not too far off, that’s given me some ideas. Thank you.

    #PoCoLo
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    November 1, 2015 at 6:52 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks for visiting Debbie. I haven’t dared try doing my nails yet, but its lots of fun trying it on other bits and pieces x

      November 1, 2015 at 10:32 pm
  • Reply Jessica Powell

    This is such a cool idea, am definitely going to give it a go! πŸ™‚ #pocolo
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    October 30, 2015 at 12:12 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      Nail polish comes in such beautiful jewel colours that work so well with the glass – we will definitely be trying it out on some more items πŸ™‚

      October 30, 2015 at 11:52 pm
  • Reply The Beesley Buzz

    what a brilliant idea! Such pretty bottles. #pocolo
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    October 30, 2015 at 10:19 am
    • Reply Sarah

      We’ve invented a new recipe which we think is pretty unique, which the bottles are for, so we wanted to make the packaging special too – we’re really pleased with how they look πŸ™‚

      October 30, 2015 at 11:53 pm
  • Reply Gina

    This is such a cool idea! I never would have thought of doing something like that with nail polish. I love how simple it is. It’s fantastic that it’s so easy to erase and start over as well. I’ll definitely keep this project in mind. I make my own candles and bet this would really dress up the jars I use. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚
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    October 29, 2015 at 9:58 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      I think it would be perfect for your candle jars, and is much easier than painting by hand. I have never had much success with painting by hand on glass, which is why I was so pleased when I thought of doing this. The kids loved it, and of course you can get every colour of the rainbow in nail polish, so could go for any combination you fancied πŸ™‚

      October 29, 2015 at 10:36 pm

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