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Learn how to marble a vase with nail polish today!

DIY nail polished MARBLED VASE

This DIY has been on my list FOOOREEEVER. Seriously! I have seen so many amazing marbled projects all around blogland, and I had to try it myself. Who knew that beautiful nail polish could not only make your nails shine, but a simple $1 store vase could look Ah-mazing after a little 2-minute transformation using some colorful nail polish.


 Marbling the vase took a few minutes. I bought this glass vase a few months ago at Dollar Tree because I loved the shape. I loved it. It looked OK with fresh flowers, but overall it was pretty BLAH…so I decided to make her look fabulous with some fun springy colors.

 My favorite season, SPRING, is right around the corner and I can not wait for lovely flowers to start blooming. I got a bouquet of gorgeous roses at Trader Joe’s over the weekend for $3.99.

Say What..? Yes, that is how much I paid for a dozen roses. #myfavoritestore


So here is my $1 – BLAH looking glass vase. Ehhh…seems ok, right?

But why not to make it look beautiful?

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As a first step, I spray painted the glass vase white. I only spray painted the outside and a little bit of the inside ( the top of the inside only as it would not be visible anyway.)

I always have a bottle of white spray paint handy as I use it for everything. My favorite spray paint is the Rustoleum primer and paint.

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Then I got my nail polish out.

In a big plastic bucket (larger size bucket than my vase- so the water would cover the vase all the way when I’d dip it in) poured water in. The water temperature should not be too warm or too cold. Normal temperature water is perfect!

I added two colors of nail polish into the water.

Note: Get ready, it will have a really strong smell.

This is my very first nail polish marbling project, so it was sort of like an experiment. ( I already have my next project in my mind, though, so stay tuned:-).

Now I know that I could have added more nail polish into the water to have more colors shown on my vase. I only put a few drops into the water (see in my bucket, it spread in the water right away). So don’t be afraid to add more nail polish!

Then you need to move fast!!!

I dipped my vase in the water and removed it immediately.

The nail polish sticks on the surface of the vase, creating a beautiful marble effect. So easy and amazingly pretty!

I placed my vase onto a paper towel to dry.

Update: Reader’s Question: “How did you dispose of the leftover nail polish…?”

As I put so little nail polish into the water, almost all of it went on the vase. The rest of the nail polish can be taken out from the water with a stick, or with a piece of paper towel, so you don’t drain it in the sink. 


The yellow color is visible only in a few spots, but it gives a little twist to the dark color.

$1 store vase turned into an expensive looking piece.


Isn’t it beautiful?

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I never knew that it would be so easy to do marbling.

I hope I inspired you to get those nail polishes out from your drawer and marble something gorgeous today.

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Pin it to remember for it later

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And “she” found her place on my nightstand, freshening up my bedroom beautifully.

Here you can see a little sneak peek of my next post:-)

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Check out my Marbled Easter Eggs (fun)

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 Happy marbling my friends!

If you are feeling a little more crafty or creative, be sure to check out this simple video of how to arm knit a blanket! You will love it, as much as I did! I bet!

And before you go, be sure to grab this pretty floral calendar for 2017 that I painted just for you!

Download your FREE floral desk calendar!

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      1. Have you clear coated with spray paint after the nail polish dip? Not sure how the paint wears after use. Just started.

        1. Holly, I have not coated the vase and it pretty much looks the same today as it was when I made it. It’s a decor vase tho so not much of a wear to it:-) I hope yours will turn out pretty as well:-)

  1. wow- decorating with bleachpens, nail polish–I never would have thought of this, but its a great idea!you folks are so cretive!thanks!

    1. Thanks girl!! I have been wanting to do this for so long!! I got the scissors at IKEA…I know you don’t have one around so I may surprise you with one in April;)Xo

      1. Oh, you said you used Rustoleum primer and spraypaint, now for the white vases with the little gold hearts- where do you find old bsed sharpies?I just have the regular ones sold in office supply stores.thanks for the pretty and easy accessory ideas!

  2. Will the nail polish stick if the vase is left unpainted? I like the idea of having a clear vase with the swirls.


    1. Shelia, I added so little nail polish to the water that pretty much all of it stick to the vase.The remaining nail polish, if there is- can be removed from the water with a wood stick so you don’t have to wash it down in the sink. Hope this answered your question. Have a great night!

    1. I did not but you certainly can.You can also add lots of different colors to get a colorful marbling effect. It was my first marbling project and I need to experiment more:-)Show me your project once it is finished.!Xo

  3. Anika this is beautiful. My question is, when you dip the vase and when you take it out of the water, do you just hold it with your fingers or do you use some kind of tongs? I love this look.

    1. Teri- I hold it with my fingers on the very top ( almost on the edges) and it was just a quick dip into the water so I took it out right away holding the vase on the same position. Hope this helps. Have a marvelous day!

    1. Judy, I will include this inTO my tutorial- thanks for the question! Yes, as soon as the vase was out of the water I placed it onto a paper towel, but I think wax paper would do it as well. Hope this helps! Have a great week-END!

  4. Aniko this came out just gorgeous! I have been wanting to tackle this to for a very long time but usually too much going on around here and haven’t had the chance yet. I have everything I need but it has also been too cold here and I won’t spray paint in the house or the cold. I love the colors you used for this and that hint of yellow just sets it off beautifully! Great Job!!

    1. Thank you Shirley! Once the weather be better I hope you can get your hands on this project. Tag me a picture once you done it:-) Have a great week!

    1. Jodi, I did not spray paint the whole inside, just a little bit of the neck part as it is not really visible.Hope you are having a fabulous Friday!

  5. I’m thinking this would be really fun to do with those glass globe Christmas ornaments they sell in craft stores for DIY projects. So many possibilities. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I need to know what I did wrong. I followed the directions, but when I put the nail polish in the water, one color dropped to the bottom of my bucket immediately, the other color (black) thinned out really bad to a grey color. I dipped the vase into the water and all the color stayed on the “bottom” of the vase, with very little coming up the sides. Is there a particular nail polish that you used? I just used the cheap wal mart brand spray paint too. Is that a problem? Help, I love this idea and want to make some for my home.

    1. Nita….I wish I could tell ya what and why that happened. It was my first try and it turned out to what it is at first try. If you see my vase, mine also had the most colors on the bottom of the vase ( that went in first to the water) and on the neck of the vase I did not have much colors. I also used a cheap (1.99) color, so that probably not what the issue was. I will experiment more with it and let you know what I find. All DIYs are trials and errors…all it matters that we have fun with it:) Hope your Monday is going well and you won’t give up experimenting marbling! Xo

  7. This is beautiful!! I love the colors. Wonder what would happen with more colors. My question is, when you spray painted the vase initially, did you have to let it dry before dipping in the water?
    And, what a treat to get roses for that price! I wish we had a Trader Joes around where I am. Anytime we visit family in VA. I stock up on some of my favorite things that I cant find elsewhere.
    Thanks for sharing this. It really is inspiring!!

    1. Rachel, I know…Trader Joes is a little bit of drive for me but I visit every week…for food, for flowers…I just love that store. To answer your question: yes, I let the vase completely dry before dipping in water. More color…more fun:-) I shared my super gorgeous MARBLED EGGS today…check it out, there I used more colors.:-) Hope you are having a great Monday!Xo

  8. Lovely results!!!!

    I’ve tried marbling with nail polish and got very poor results. The polish ended up getting very bubbly; maybe I shook it too much before starting. I’ve read other tutorials about water temp making a difference (slightly warmer being better). What did you use?

  9. I have to try this technique. Thank you sooo much for sharing with us. It certainly looks lovely. But … Could you tell us about the water temperature. Was it hot, cold, lukewarm or just room temperature?

  10. Aniko,
    I have tried this several times, some with great results some not. I do know if you ever intend to wash these vases they need to be clear coated. I put a couple of mine in the dishwasher to see how they stood up, most of thecolor washed off. I did not paint mine white first so I don’t know if that would make a difference. Ii just dipped 2 vases a couple of days ago and I’m going to spray them with rust-oleum lacquer. Wish me luck.

  11. What a smelly mess clumps of the nail polish here and there had to wipe it off as best I could and. Nothing to show but a headache from the smell

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