I’ve seen these watercolour mugs on a few blogs now and wanted to try it for myself. I have lots of nail polishes to choose from and it’s nice to use them for something different than painting my nails. Since it’s Christmas soon I decided to use the new nail polishes I got in November’s nailbox.
What you need
- Nail polishes – Pick your favourite nail polishes, I’d recommend dark colours. I chose Rimmel London’s ‘Double Decker Red’, True Brit London’s ‘Park Lane’ and OPI’s ‘Happy Anniversary’. The colours you need for a Merry Christmas.
- White cups – Buy white mugs that you think are in need of a little DIY to stand out. You can find cheap mugs in any Supermarket store.
- Plastic container – I’d advise to chose a box you don’t need to use again afterwards as it will get stained from the polishes. An old takeaway box worked for me.
- Paper towels
- Swirl tool – I used an old hair pin but a toothpick or similar works equally well.
Step by step guide to Watercolour Mugs
- Fill the container with water. I’d say about three quarters so that the cup fits but the water doesn’t spill over.
- Pour a few drops of each nail polish into the water. Make sure you’re pouring directly from the bottle and not from the brush. Stay close to the surface as well to make sure the nail polish stays on the surface. I don’t think it matters in which order you poor in the colours but I alternated the two times I did it.
- Swirl the colours together.
- Dip the mug in the watercolours and turn it around to make sure that all the colours are applied to the mug.
- Leave the mug to dry upside down on a paper towel.
- Scoop out any excessive nail polish before repeating again with the second mug.
I’m really happy with these mugs and it’s so easy and quick to make them. For next time, I would probably stick to one colour for each mug. Possibly still include the glitter polish as it makes them feel a bit more festive.
Have you made these watercolour mugs yourself? I’d love to see them, or if you have a go after reading this, let me know.