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DIY Water Marbling Gifts

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A handmade gift comes from the heart.  We pour our time, money and talent into an item that we know the recipient will love.  This DIY water marbling dish can be that perfect handmade gift for someone on your list.  Get all the details on this simple DIY project below. 

Create a custom jewelry dish with nail polish water marbling.

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Water marbling with nail polish can make nails, ceramic, glass, fabric, paper, just about anything look stunning.  Watch the technique below then read on for more details.

Water Marbling



  • Disposable container (or one you don’t mind staining)
  • Room temperature water
  • Nail polish
  • Toothpick
  • Small dish (or anything you wish to marble!)

Fill your container with room temperature water, this keeps the nail polish pliable while you are doing the marbling. 

Gather up some nail polish, any kind will do just make sure it’s not too old or clumpy. Pour a small amount into the water, staying close to the surface.  If you pour from too high the drops will sink to the bottom, the goal is to keep the nail polish on the surface of the water.  Go ahead and mix a few colors, but be sure to work quickly as the polish gets sticky after just a few minutes.  

After your colors are in the water, gently swirl them around with a toothpick if you desire.  

Now for the magic.  Dip your dish into the water, you can move it around or just go straight up and down.  When you pull it out the polish will have left a beautiful pattern on your dish.  The magic of water marbling!

You can redip, as I did with this dish, around the edges.  You can even go back and use different colors.  All the dish to dry for at least 30 minutes before using. 

DIY water marbling jewelry dish gift

A few more tips.  Experiment with your technique using a variety of colors and dipping methods to get the look you want.  You can use the same container of water over and over, just be sure to skim the nail polish off the top before switching to another color.  

For a dish that will not come in contact with food, you can seal it with an acrylic sealer that will help prevent scratches.  I recommend this sealer:

If you are marbling a mug be sure to keep the polish on the outside and away from where your mouth would touch.  Always hand wash these pieces.  

Water marbling jewelry dish

This piece makes a beautiful jewelry dish, you can wrap this up with a necklace or pair of earrings for someone special. 

What will you create with this water marbling technique?

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