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

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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