It is a little known fact that I am obsessed with mugs! I like cheap mugs, expensive mugs, plain mugs, Disney mugs and funny mugs – all of them. So how about a DIY mug to add to the list? I found the simplest (and cheapest) way to decorate your own!
I have heard about people using nail polish to stain mugs, so I thought I would give it a try. Luckily, these mugs are super simple to make, and cheap too! I made mine in just about 2 minutes and for practically nothing. I had all of the supplies lying around the house, but everything you need could also be purchased at your local dollar store.
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Tip: You will definitely want to use a disposable bowl or container because it will get ruined. Choose a bigger bowl or container for a bigger mug so you can adequately cover your mug.
How to make your mugs:
- Prep your space with towels or old paper. Make sure you have a paper plate or paper towel handy to sit your mug on for drying.
- Get all of your supplies ready and within reach. You will need to act fast!
- Start by filling your bowl/container with HOT water, halfway full, so it won’t spill over when you dip your mug.
- This is where you want to be prepared and act quickly. Drop your choice of nail polish into the bowl (as close to the surface as possible) and dip your mug. If you drop the nail polish too far away from the water, it will just sink.
*You can use a toothpick to swirl the nail polish to your liking after you drop it in the water, but I found that to be an unnecessary step, as the toothpick ended up picking up a lot of the nail polish (as pictured above). I actually moved the nail polish around in a design as it was pouring from the bottle (see picture 3).
You’re not going to believe this, but voila! You are done. Make sure you allow your mug time to dry. You can put a layer of mod podge over your mug (once it dries), but you don’t have to.
Tip: Do NOT microwave or dishwash your mugs. Handwash only so they keep their design. If you got nail polish too close to where you will put your mouth on the mug, simply take a dab of polish remover and wipe it off. This is also great for the bottom of the mug.
Be sure to check out my other DIY posts if you like simple and quick projects!