Marbling Bottles with Nail Polish

by Sarah - Craft Invaders

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!

 

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!

 

How to Marble Glass Bottles with Nail polish:

Use warm tap water, and gently drop the nail 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!

 

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 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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Cal at Family Makes April 27, 2016 - 8:44 am

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.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders April 28, 2016 - 2:42 pm

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 🙂

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Mudpie Fridays April 12, 2016 - 7:55 pm

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

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Sarah - Craft Invaders April 14, 2016 - 9:06 pm

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 🙂

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Sarah James @ Tales From The Kitchen Shed April 7, 2016 - 8:53 pm

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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Sarah - Craft Invaders April 10, 2016 - 9:27 am

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

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Random Musings April 6, 2016 - 4:13 pm

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

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Sarah - Craft Invaders April 6, 2016 - 10:05 pm

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

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Sarah - Craft Invaders December 7, 2015 - 12:31 pm

Love your beautiful tea light holders, so pleased to see them x

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