Last Minute Gift-Marble Mugs

By: Missy Sorg

I love DIY craft projects.  When Christmas rolls around, I often make a list of DIY projects I can make for various people in my circles.  This particular project has come across my radar more than once this holiday season.  If you’re looking for something unique, easy, and quick (I’m not saying you forgot your kid’s teacher’s present, but if the shoe fits…) this project definitely fits the bill.  

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Coffee Mug
  • Plastic Food Storage Container*
  • Nail Polish
  • Toothpick

*Make sure it’s a container you won’t mind throwing away when you’re done.

Seriously.  That’s it.  

So, what are we doing with all this stuff, anyway?  We’re making a “watercolor” coffee mug.  You can of course personalize the colors to whomever you plan to give this great gift.  (If you’re giving it to the aforementioned teacher, perhaps school colors will work – unless you happen to know his/her favorite color.)  

Now that you’ve figured out what colors you’re going to use, make sure you grab nail polish in those particular colors.  Fill the plastic food storage container about 2/3 full with warm water, making sure the container and water is deep enough to dip the coffee mug into.  Once you have the appropriate amount of water, add a couple drops of nail polish – being sure to not add too much.  You’ll see the polish start to dilute and dissipate across the top of the water.  If you’re using a second color, go ahead and add a couple drops of it as well.  Using the toothpick, gently swirl the nail polish.  No, swirl is not the same as stir.  You don’t want to mix it all together.  You just want to marble it a little.  Slowly dip the coffee mug into the water.  You’ll see the nail polish start to stick to it as it submerges.  Once you get the nail polish as high up on the mug as you’d like, hold it there and count to ten.  Carefully remove the mug from the water and set aside to dry.  
If you really want to make it a nice gift, put a couple tea bags or hot cocoa pouches inside the mug with a single-serve packet of sandwich cookies.  Wrap it all up in some cellophane or tulle, and tie it off with a decorative bow.  Voila!  You have a great (and relatively inexpensive) Christmas gift.