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DIY Watercolor Coffee Mugs

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If you want to add some artistic accessories to your kitchen you should try making these awesome watercolor coffee mugs using nail polish. Revamp your kitchen decor by transforming boring plain white mugs into amazing and beautiful watercolor mugs. This DIY is so easy, it will take about 1o minutes, and the result will look like some artist spent hours painting it. Each of these mugs will be unique because the pattern will never repeat. Get your favorite color of nail polish and create your own artwork.

Artistic Makeover For Ceramic Coffee Mugs


What you need:

  • white ceramic mug
  • a bowl or container
  • nail polish


Get an old disposable bowl or a container and fill it with warm water. Choose the color of nail polish that you like, add just a drop to water and let it spread out. You may use a skewer to create the effect that you like by swirling the color around. Here comes the main part – dip your ceramic mug in the water.


If you think that the polish wouldn’t apply the proper way, apply some clear coat of nail polish or a non toxic finishing spray on a mug before you start. If the color gets messed up, use nail polish remover to remove any excess nail polish, we don’t want it to get on the bottom or inside the mug though. Pat dry your mug with a towel and let it dry for 3 hours. If you want to add additional colors just repeat the whole procedure with different nail polish.


It’s better to hand wash your watercolor mugs. The color will stay just as it would on your nails – durability depends on the quality of nail polish. You can do the same with ceramic plates, bowls and other dishes. Create your own unique patterns and fill up your kithen with artistic tableware.


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One comment

  1. Taylor
    February 18, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    I love this idea! Quick question, how did the polish last on the mug? Would you recommend using a spray sealant? Or would it last if you handwashed the mugs? Sorry for all the questions 🙂 I want to paint a set of mugs for a wedding gift (Mr. Right, Mrs. Always Right) using nail polish, and I was just wondering how to make it last 🙂