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

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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