DIY Christmas: Watercolour Mugs

For all the coffee, tea and hot chocolate lovers!



  • White ceramic mug
  • Bowl or container
  • Warm water
  • Nail polish (colour of your choice)


  • Fill the bowl with warm water.
  • Add a drop of nail polish to the water and let it spread out. You can also use a skewer to swirl the color around a bit to give it the effect you’d like.
  • Dip your mug in the water.
  • Use nail polish remover to remove any excess nail polish on the bottom and inside of the mug or parts that got messed up.
  • Carefully pat mug dry with paper towel.
  • You can repeat with additional colors if you want.
  • When done, let it sit for at least two hours.


  • Use a decent type of nail polish. A cheap kind may not give desired look.
  • It is most likely best to hand wash these mugs.



3 thoughts on “DIY Christmas: Watercolour Mugs

  1. this is for the peeps who garden. this is the first time for me; i am saving all the seeds i can get out of the veggies i buy (only organic) at the store. tonight is acorn squash and peppers. it’s time consuming, but will be fun to watch them grow next year and to give away as gifts. i go to garage sales and dicker people down on items i can use for containers once dry. saturday i went to an estate sale where a urologist passed away and he had these little glass containers that hold about two ounces. they are so cute and have this little rubber lid that is easy to take off. hate to think of what he used them for! 😉
    (just kidding, they are sterile)
    but now i can fill them with my garden herbs and spices that i use on my food, label what they are, tie with a bow and poof, stocking stuffer for adults!
    something i have also wanted to do for some time is grow the purple saffron crocus just to see if i could collect a little saffron. yum!
    thanks for helping me out of this awful depression ive been in for days now; all this planning of gift making, it sure has helped me today.

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