DIY marbled coffee cups

September 3, 2015


When I was young I could spend hours breathing in the delicious aromas of my grandmother’s baking. She would place her dishes, fresh out of the oven, on a large marble board to protect her lovely wooden table. I was always fascinated by the board and wondered how the swirls were made.

The marble effect is very popular this year, and you can create it on a variety of surfaces. For this DIY, I wanted to give pairs of cups and saucers a personal touch, without spending a lot.



Required materials

  • Cups and saucers. I recycled old cups that I found at a Salvation Army, or try a dollar store.
  • Nail polish. No need to use a brand-name nail polish; the effect will be just as good with a cheaper one.
  • Kebab skewers
  • Container
  • Hot waterOptional: ceramic paint.
  1. Step 1

    Begin by pouring hot water into the container. Add a few drops of nail polish.

  2. Step 2

    Carefully move your skewer through the nail polish to obtain a perfect marble effect.

  3. Step 3

    Place the object you are decorating in the water and rotate it gently to spread the nail polish over the surface. Remove the object. Use your fingers to get rid of any excess nail polish and then refine your marble effect.

  4. Step 4

    To personalize your cup even more, you can add some gold on the handle for a really on-trend look. To do so, use gold ceramic paint.

  5. Final product


  • Another fun option is to create a layered marble effect using different colours.
  • I recommend that you don’t wash your cups in the dishwasher. Instead, wash them by hand with liquid detergent.


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