I love colorful mugs and tea cups. Recently I saw this MARBLE CUP technique using nail colors; and I had to try my hands on it.. and trust me, it’s so addictive that I marbled 3 cups and few balloons too.. and I still want to color more..

Marbled Mug

It is very easy to design your own coffee mug with just few easily available items and the best part is NO TWO MUGS LOOK ALIKE!

Marble Cup


  • Ceramic mugs (white or any plain color)
  • Nail colors (local cheaper ones will do)
  • Warm water
  • Disposable pan/box (aluminium/plastic) – it will be ruined after use
  • Toothpicks or disposable forks
  • Nail polish remover
  • Cotton

This is the quickest DIY i have done till date with super simple and easy steps to follow.

Tips to Remember:

  • Use luke warm water
  • Swirl nail color with toothpick or fork quickly to give marble effect
  • Dip the cup in the nail polish water quickly either tilted or straight down
  • Discard the water after 1 use as nail color starts to settle and won’t spread properly
  • Let the cup dry completely and avoid touching to avoid smudging

Marbled Cup

These marbled mugs make very good handmade gifts. And we can make a whole range of cup set.

In case you get bored of the same design, you can always remove it with nail polish remover and create a new one with new color and different design.. VIOLA!!

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These marbling of cups is super addictive and I moved on to making a marbled balloon, these make beautiful party decor.

Marbled Balloon

Don’t Forget, these cups are:

  • Not microwave safe
  • Not dishwasher safe, though can apply a thin coat of dishwasher safe ModPodge to protect when washing
  • Hand washing is recommended

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25 thoughts on “Marbled Cups -DIY

  1. These DIY marbled cups are really cool! I actually think my 13 year old and some of her friends might enjoy doing these together! Perfect rainy day activity!

  2. What a cool idea! I can see how doing the marbled cups would make great gifts for like teacher appreciation or birthdays.

  3. wow, this looks so great and easy. I am sure my son will enjoy doing this. Are these ceramic mugs available especially for this purpose or any ceramic mugs will do?

  4. I love this technique. I want to try it with tiles to make coasters! So many possibilities! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Such a cool idea…loved it a lot…not only is this easy to make but perfect activity for kids especially during school holidays

  6. These are so cool! I love handmade and unique gift ideas and I’m definitely going to give these a try, soon. Maybe a set for my mom for mother day! Thank you so much for sharing this awesome project!

  7. These are so pretty! What a lovely simple craft idea, would make a great gift as well! Thanks for sharing!

  8. I loved doing marbling on paper and then making cards from that. Never thought one could marble mugs though! Will try.

  9. Wow you are so creative! That blue and white cup is just awesome. I’m going to try it too.

  10. These are so cool! My kids would love to help with these. I may add it to our summer project list.

  11. Awesome.
    I am young to try these. Just one doubt. Can we use these for daily use? Can we wash them? Will the paint stay?

  12. Generally I gift this mug on birthdays.
    I buy this on 250 or 300 Rup, never tried to make it.

    I really like it, next time I will try to make it rather than buy from shop.

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