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Tell Mom How Mug-nificent She Is With This DIY “Marbled” Mug For Mother’s Day

With some water, nail polish, and a Dollar Tree ceramic mug, create a simple yet stunning DIY “Marbled” Mug for Mom to enjoy this Mother’s Day!

(Disclaimer: This post contains an affiliate link for the nail polish used in this DIY project, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a small commission if you decide to click onto my link.)

Mother’s Day is almost here! If you’re in search of a last-minute gift idea for your mom or mother figure this Mother’s Day, warm her heart and let her know you love her a “latte” with this “brew-tiful” DIY “Marbled” Mug! This quick and easy mug DIY turns out so cute, she won’t even know you waited until the last minute. 

Using a white ceramic mug from Dollar Tree, this “marbled” beauty is “tea-rrifically” easy to create. All you need is some water, nail polish, and a couple of minutes to “brew” up this one-of-a-kind mug that Mom will love having her morning coffee or tea in.

Plus, you can personalize Mom’s mug specially for her by choosing an assortment of nail polish colors that she likes!

Read on below to learn how to make your own DIY “Marbled” Mug!

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • White ceramic mug (I found mine at Dollar Tree)
  • Warm water
  • A container or tub large enough to (mostly) submerge the candleholders
  • Skewers or toothpicks
  • Nail polish (I used Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear nail polish in Sunkissed (orange), Coral Reef (pink), and Daisy Dukes (yellow).)

Here’s How to Make Your Own DIY “Marbled” Mug:

Begin by filling a container or tub that is deep enough for your mug with warm water. For the mug I got from Dollar Tree, I filled the disposable aluminum tray I had three-fourths of the way so it would be mostly but not completely submerged. It’s important not to have the mug be fully submerged so you won’t be applying the nail polish you’ll be using near the lip of the mug (that would not be safe when consuming a beverage from the mug).

Working quickly, pour a bit of nail polish in any color of your choosing into the container of water in random squiggles. Tip: If your nail polish isn’t spreading across the water when you pour it, try to use distilled or filtered water or a newly-opened nail polish.

I used three colors for the “Marbled” Mug: pink, coral, and yellow. I would highly suggest not using any more than three colors if you want multiple colors in your design. If left too long before dipping the mug, the nail polish will begin to clump together. If you are worried about having to work quickly, you can always dip the mug once for each individual color, allowing it to dry completely between each dipping.

Pour one color in first quickly followed by the second (and third) nail polish color(s).

Once the nail polish is poured in, quickly swirl the nail polish with a skewer or toothpick to break up concentrated clumps and help create your marbled design.

With the nail polish spread out thinly across the water, slowly dip your mug into the water, gently twirling the mug so it captures the nail polish and gets the marbled effect. (Remember to not have the nail polish go all the way to the lip of the mug.)

Carefully lift the mug out of the water. The thin layer of nail polish should have transferred from the water to the mug. Set it aside on some paper or paper towel to dry.

If you’ve accidentally messed on your design or are simply not happy with it, don’t worry! You can take a cotton pad and clean up the mug with some nail polish remover.

Once the mug is dry, it’s ready to give to Mom! Just remember that the mug is not dishwasher or microwave safe. Tell Mom to treat it as the special and unique piece of art that it is and delicately hand wash it. You could, however, try to seal and protect it by using sealing products, but the mug will be fine so long as it is only hand washed.

That’s it!

What do you think of this DIY “Marbled” Mug? Let me know in the comments below!

I truly hope you’ve enjoyed this fun DIY and that you’ll make this mug-nificent mug for Mom!

As always, you can find the video tutorial for this DIY “Marbled” Mug on my TikTok!

Before you go, make sure to save this post to your Pinterest board! (You can find the Pinterest button at the bottom of this article.)

I hope your mom’s special day is cool beans!

1 thought on “Tell Mom How Mug-nificent She Is With This DIY “Marbled” Mug For Mother’s Day”

  1. I think this mug is a great idea! This will definitely be better than just giving the traditional flowers. If I may use your pun… thanks a latte. 🙂👍


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