HOW TO MAKE MARBLED MUGS
Plain white mugs Nail varnish Gold gilding paint Black porcelain pen Large bowl Cocktail stick Nail varnish remover Masking tape Clear gloss finishing spray Got a few last-minute Christmas gifts still to sort out? Make one of these mugs for each of your besties, marbling with their favourite shades, then wrap them up together with fancy loose leaf tea or hot chocolate.
We’re loving the all-out teabreak glamour of that splattered marble effect dipped in gold and reckon these would go down an absolute storm as ‘congrats on your new job’ mugs, too. And now our ridiculous hoard of nail varnishes is completely justified.
You could go one step further with personalising your mugs by writing a message on the base of each one using the porcelain pen. To preserve your beautiful marbled handiwork, you’ll want to keep these mugs out of the microwave and the dishwasher.
Prepare the mugs by giving them a thorough wash, then make sure they’re all completely dry before you begin.
Mask each mug with masking tape to create a crisp line one third up from the bottom of the mug, as shown. Don’t forget to mask the bottom of the handle too.
Paint the bottom third of each mug with gold gilding paint.
Once they’re dry, paint a second layer of gold paint ensuring the mug has an even coverage of gold.
When the paint is completely dry, remove the masking tape and clean up any lines.
Next, to prepare for marbling, stick masking tape all around the top of the gold sections of the mugs, as shown.
Fill a mixing bowl with cold water, making sure it’s deep
enough to submerge the top two thirds of a mug.
Carefully drip your chosen nail varnish onto surface of the water – don’t swirl it, just let it spread across the water. Less is more when pouring the nail varnish into the bowl – a little goes a long way, and using less will give a much cleaner finish overall.
Hold the first mug upside down by the base and dip it vertically into the water, as shown, then pull it back out ensuring the nail varnish covers the outside of the mug. Dip again if needed.
Remove any remaining nail varnish from the surface of the water with a cocktail stick, then drip in the nail varnish again as per Step 8 in between dipping each mug. If you want to add a second colour to the marbling, dip each colour separately and allow the mug to dry between each dip for the best results. Repeat Steps 8-10 for each of the mugs.
Leave the mugs to dry. You can use nail varnish remover to remove any parts of the marbling you want to re-do.
Use a black porcelain pen and refer to the image as a guide to draw different-sized dots randomly all over the marbled sections of the mugs, keeping each of the dots irregular so they look like ink splatters.
Wipe the inside of each mug with nail varnish remover to remove any remaining nail varnish. The inside should be completely clean.
To finish and seal the mugs, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to apply the clear gloss finishing spray and leave to dry.
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