I might be late to this trend, but boy, am I ever glad I hopped on it now! I’ve seen so many tutorials on how to create marble dipped vases with nail polish using everything from mugs to various home decor using this marble dipped technique, and I was itching to try it myself.
Aside from how stunning the vases look, it was so much fun to create. I felt like a kid again in my arts and crafts class. The effect is truly one of a kind and each piece is so uniquely beautiful that I can’t wait to do this project again on some other items in my home.
When I post pictures, I try to make them as realistic as possible and try not to use staging too much so you can see just what you get and what to expect to see when it’s all said and done.
All you need to do is grab some old – or new – nail polish, have a plastic container for dipping, some water, and some old vases, and you can transform them into high-end decor elements so easily.
I decided to upcycle some of the vases I had that came with flower deliveries. You know, the ones where the flowers are gorgeous, but the vases look like they were from the dollar store? Yep, those! I thought they would be perfect for my first attempt.
I made sure the container was wide enough for dipping and did this project right from my kitchen countertop.
Expect messy hands and have the nail polish remover handy. It’s not a huge deal – clean up is a breeze.
I experimented a bit using three vases. Two were the same and one had a moderate design on it. All you need to do is fill up a container with some water and then drop the different polish colors in the center. Grab a toothpick, make some swirls and start dipping. Be sure to work fast as the polish will sink to the bottom and you don’t want that.
Tips for making this vase:
1 – Make sure your glass or plastic container is large enough to fit your vase – but not too large or too small. You want to be able to dip the portions of the vase you want color on.
2 – You can dip one side at a time or only certain areas of your vase – you can decide exactly where you want the color to be placed. You can also redip your vase as many times as you need to achieve the desired look and patterns. Even after it dries, you can still redip.
3 – Make sure you pour your color into the water quickly. You don’t want the nail polish to settle down to the bottom of the container. It must stay on top of the water so it grabs properly to the vase. Try and pour, swirl, and dip quickly.
4 – After dipping, place your vase on wax paper or a paper towel. I used paper and didn’t have any issues.
5 – You can dispose of the water in the garbage. I dumped the water on a paper towel into the garbage. You don’t want to pour nail polish down the drain. It’s bad for your plumbing and the environment!
6 – You can use room temperature water – not too hot or too cold.
7 – Any inexpensive nail polish works great! Just open the bottle and start dripping the colors into the water as shown below.
If you have any questions about this process, scroll to the bottom of this post and leave a comment. I will answer you back for sure!
Be sure to place them on a paper towel or wax paper for drying and let them dry at least an hour before touching them. This is what they look like when they are drying.
Each vase has a unique design to it and that’s why it’s so much fun to create them.
I wanted loud pops of color! And am thrilled with the results.
I love them all and don’t have a favorite but I think the one below really grabbed my heart.
You can pair them together or use them as part of a vignette – any way to look at them, they are truly beautiful!
If you love my patina lamp be sure to check out my tutorial. I can’t wait to use this technique on some other home decor elements. I think I’ll try some mugs next time!
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