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

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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