Nail polish is an inexpensive way to take a plain glass object and turn it into a work of art. I’ve collected a few glass vases over the years that have the most incredible shapes and just needed a little something extra to take them to the next level of fabulousness.
During our party, we had everything set up and ready to go for our friends to make their own marbled bottle filled with bubble bath.
If you want to put your glassware in the dishwasher, once the glassware is completely dry, apply a thin coat of dishwasher safe Mod Podge to the glassware. If you don’t want to seal it with Mod Podge:
- Hand wash items – no handy-dandy dishwashers.
- Don’t marble near the top of a glass/mug/wine glass. Your lips shouldn’t touch the marbling when drinking from the glass.
Nail Polish Marbled Glass
- Nail polish, in a variety of colors – Dollar Store nail polish works great
- Nail polish remover
- Disposable aluminum foil pan or disposable plastic container – whatever you use will be ruined.
- Paper towels
- Glass (Glassware: bottles, mugs, glasses, wine glasses, etc.) – make sure it’s clean and residue-free
- Painter’s Tape
- Room temperature water
- Parchment paper or a tablecloth to protect your work surface
- Cover your work surface with parchment paper or a tablecloth
- Fill a disposable aluminum foil pan with room temperature water. The water needs to be room temperature so that the nail polish doesn’t harden too quickly.
- Set out your nail polish, toothpicks, paper towel and nail polish remover.
- Prepare your glassware. Make sure it’s clean and residue free. Here are a couple of ideas that you’ll need to prep for ahead of time. a) If you want to marble over a solid colored glass object, such as white or black coated glass, Rustoleum 2-in-1 primer/paint spray paint is a great choice. Just make sure to let it dry completely before marbling. b) If you choose to only marble the bottom of a glass or mug, use painter’s tape to make a line around the glass at whatever height you want and submerge the glass making sure to stay underneath the top edge of the tape. Also, peel the tape off as soon as you are finished marbling the glass. Do not let the marbling dry with the painter’s tape on the glass or you’re going to end up with rough edges and marbling that peels away with the tape.
- Work very quickly and carefully at this point. Once the nail polish starts to harden, you’re only going to be left with a goopy, chunky mess on your glass.
- Holding the bottle of nail polish close to the surface of the water so that the polish lays on top of the water and doesn’t sink, gently pour the nail polish colors that you’ve chosen. You can alternate and overlap the colors. Don’t be afraid to use a lot of color and make it pop! a) Marbling – Submerge your glassware into the water, either straight up and down or hold the glass horizontally and let it gently touch the surface of the water where the nail polish is. To get the nail polish around the glass just dip it deeper into the water, the nail polish will stick to the glass. If necessary, turn the glass to take on all of the nail polish coat. b) Swirl design – Using a toothpick, start at the center of the nail polish on the water and, moving quickly, add your swirl design. Once the polish starts to pull with the toothpick (it’s hardening!!), stop immediately and submerge your glass into the water, pull it out and let it dry overnight. Do not wipe the water off the glass when you remove it. Just let it dry.
- Clean the water between every application. To clean the water, all you have to do is run a toothpick around the water tray. It will easily gather up any nail polish that’s left in the tray.
- If you see any empty spots that you’re unhappy with, just repeat the process. There’s no need to let the glass dry before repeating. Just make sure to clean the water with your toothpick each time you remove your glassware.
- When the glassware is dry, you can use the nail polish remover to remove anything that is out of place or just seems “wrong”.