Nail Polish Mug

When it comes to DIY projects that look SO EASY to do, I become immediately skeptical. And then I have to try it for myself, just to know how easy it really is. To be honest, I didn’t expect the DIY Nail Polish Mug to really work or to even look good. I really just wanted to know how easy this project could actually be.

As it turns out, if you’re daring, even your three-year-old could help you do this craft! It took me just a few minutes to gather the materials, set everything up, and actually complete the project. So, if you don’t have time but you want to feel accomplished, this craft is the ace in the deck.

Plus, if you’re in need of a quick gift for a classy friend and don’t want to run to the store to look around for a run-of-the-mill gift, this DIY nail polish cup gift is perfect!


A Ceramic Mug                      Stirring Stick

Nail Polish                                Large Bowl

Paper Towels                           Warm Water




Fill your bowl with warm water. You don’t want water that is too hot to touch, but it needs to be a bit warmer than lukewarm. Have a paper towel laid out, ready to set the mug onto and another paper towel off to the side. Drop several drops of nail polish onto the water. Once you have desired amounts, use your stirring stick to mix the colors together and create fun designs. Grab the mug, and with the bottom side down, dunk it on top of the nail polish design. Pull the mug immediately from the water and turn upside down onto the paper towel. Take the other paper towel and dab (not wipe) around the nail polish design to dry the mug. Allow your cute nail polish mug to sit undisturbed for a couple hours to set.

Nail Polish Mug

Special Tips:

Everything about this craft has to be ninja speed fast. But seriously. The drops of nail polish need to each be dumped quickly enough so that the design doesn’t set on it’s own or clump badly. That being said, I used three colors in the video and unless you’re The Flash, you probably won’t get too many more colors in before the design becomes useless. You will want to use a bowl that is about as deep and twice as wide as the mug to allow for good dunking room. This will help to envelope more of your mug with the fun designs.

I bought the mug for 88 cents at Wal-Mart and as far as the nail polish is concerned, I simply used the brand at my local Dollar Tree store. The cheaper the better, right?! Along those lines, a stirring stick, ppsh, I use a toothpick- nothing fancy.

Need to Know:

Do not place this mug in the dishwasher or you will lose your design. Oh, and you will probably ruin your dishwasher, just a side note. Also, the same goes for the microwave. Nail polish is flamDIY Nail Polish Mugmable and microwaves can get expensive. Do not dip nail polish onto the rim of the mug. Because nail polish is toxic, it’s probably best to not be putting your
lips directly onto the design.

Have you tried this one yet? Let me know how it went! I’d love to hear if you have any great tips on how to make this craft even better!


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