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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52 comments

Susie Q October 28, 2019 - 2:37 pm

Sarah I love your style want to follow you. Do you have a FB? Also want to learn about foraging..

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Sarah - Craft Invaders October 28, 2019 - 5:35 pm

Thank you so much for your kind comment Susie. I do have a FB page which you can find at https://www.facebook.com/thecraftinvaders/ I’ve found foraging Facebook groups one really useful way of increasing my foraging knowledge 🙂

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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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Christmas tea lights with nail polish marbling - Let Kids Be Kids | Let Kids Be Kids December 7, 2015 - 11:26 am

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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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Maestro mummy November 16, 2015 - 10:46 pm

These look beautiful! Great idea #trash2treasure

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 17, 2015 - 4:07 pm

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

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Tracey Abrahams November 12, 2015 - 4:12 pm

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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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 13, 2015 - 8:00 pm

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 🙂

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EmmaK November 11, 2015 - 5:11 pm

These turned out amazing. I have to try this! Great way to use up old nailpolish too.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 12, 2015 - 11:26 am

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!

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Catie: An imperfect mum November 10, 2015 - 6:54 pm

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

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 10, 2015 - 10:57 pm

Tea lights would look lovely, let us know how you get on 🙂

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wendy November 10, 2015 - 2:31 pm

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

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 10, 2015 - 11:01 pm

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!

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Kate November 10, 2015 - 2:24 pm

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

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 10, 2015 - 11:03 pm

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 🙂

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whine or wine November 10, 2015 - 1:22 pm

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

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 10, 2015 - 11:05 pm

The kids loved making these – and it really is very quick and easy 🙂

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 10, 2015 - 11:25 am

We’re so excited to have been featured on #Letkidsbekids – thank you!

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Let kids be kids November 5, 2015 - 2:23 pm

Popping back, I really am going to have to try this.
Thanks for linking #LetKidsbeKids

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 6, 2015 - 11:56 am

You’ll have loads of fun with it – let me know how you get on 🙂

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Caro | The Twinkle Diaries November 4, 2015 - 6:36 pm

What an awesome idea!! Looks so much fun!! I love simple ideas like this — particularly when they work so brilliantly! Thanks so much for sharing and thanks so much for linking up with us! #TwinklyTuesday 🙂

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 5, 2015 - 12:41 pm

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

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Let kids be kids November 4, 2015 - 12:50 pm

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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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 4, 2015 - 1:33 pm

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 🙂

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Nikki Frank-Hamilton November 4, 2015 - 4:45 am

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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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 4, 2015 - 12:45 pm

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

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Verily Victoria Vocalises November 3, 2015 - 10:42 pm

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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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 4, 2015 - 12:46 pm

It is such a pretty craft, planning on doing lots more 🙂

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Coombe Mill November 3, 2015 - 3:19 pm

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

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 4, 2015 - 12:47 pm

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

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Sarah November 2, 2015 - 7:13 pm

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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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 2, 2015 - 9:48 pm

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 🙂

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Jenny Eaves November 1, 2015 - 1:08 pm

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 🙂 x

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 1, 2015 - 10:28 pm

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 🙂

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Debbie November 1, 2015 - 6:52 am

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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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 1, 2015 - 10:32 pm

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

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Jessica Powell October 30, 2015 - 12:12 pm

This is such a cool idea, am definitely going to give it a go! 🙂 #pocolo

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Sarah October 30, 2015 - 11:52 pm

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 🙂

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The Beesley Buzz October 30, 2015 - 10:19 am

what a brilliant idea! Such pretty bottles. #pocolo

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Sarah October 30, 2015 - 11:53 pm

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 🙂

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Gina October 29, 2015 - 9:58 pm

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. 🙂

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Sarah October 29, 2015 - 10:36 pm

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 🙂

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