DIY Dip Dye Ceramics

DIY Dip Dye Ceramics

I know we aren’t very far into winter (not even a month since the longest night of the year), but TBH I’m already over it. Don’t get me wrong I’ll be complaining about the heat too – there are two weeks in the fall I will find happiness, the rest of the year is debatable. Anyways! If you need a quick craft pick me up this one is super simple and BONUS you can use the excess nail polish you have lying around from NOT giving yourself a pedicure. Below I’ll show you how to transform a few household objects into a marbled piece of artwork! Read the supply list and directions carefully before attempting this project. It is very easy, but it also needs to be very quick otherwise the nail polish will congeal – it’s not bad, but it may not be the look you are going for either.

photo of supplies needed for dip dye project including ceramic item, bowl of warm water, nail polish, toothpicks


  • Blank ceramic item – I used a plain white mug, but you could easily do this with a planter or a plate. Just make sure the nail polish won’t be anywhere your food, beverage or mouth will go.
  • Bowl of warm to hot water – again use a container you use for craft projects or just know it will be your craft container from now on because nail polish + food = BAD
  • 1-3 colors of nail polish
  • Toothpicks
  • Drop cloth – I used foil


  • Set up your supplies. Then fill your bowl with warm-hot water. I let the water run on hot a bit before I fill up my bowl.
  • Pour a bit of nail polish into the water. photo of pouring nail polish into warm water
  • The nail polish should float to the surface and make a swirly pattern. If your nail polish sinks your water might be too cold. For more of a pattern, swirl the nail polish with a toothpick. Repeat with the remaining colors.

photo nail polish floating in water

  • Dunk your cup in the water and carefully lift it out. While submerged you can give it a swirl for more patterns. You can also use a toothpick to remove any excess nail polish.

gif of mug dipped into warm water and nail polish

  • Here’s the part I warned you about my nail polish is a little thick here, but since I’m going to use my mug as a pencil holder I’m not too concerned about it.

photo of white mug with marbled yellow, pink and orange nail polish

  • Flip it over and let it dry.

Optional: After your mug is dry you can coat it in decoupage to seal it (they even make dishwasher-safe decoupage if you want to have a handwash-only mug). Remember: Nail polish + food = BAD so don’t use this for food or beverage if the nail polish is where your food or mouth might go.

photo of dip dyed mug with pens in it