Don’t know what to do with all those old bottles of nail polish? Here’s a fun, cheap way to brighten up a basic coffee mug!


  • 1 Plain ceramic coffee mug
  • 1 (or more) Bottles of nail polish
  • 1 Disposable or old plastic container
  • 1 Skewer or (toothpick)
  • paper towel


  1. Pour some warm water into the container.
  2. Pour small amount of nail polish into the water - mix different colours or just one.
  3. Using the skewer, stir and swirl the nail polish in the water.
  4. Before the nail polish starts to harden grab your mug and dip the bottom section of the mug into the water for a few seconds - Try to rotate the mug to apply more of the nail polish to the surface of the mug.
  5. Remove mug from water and leave to dry.
  6. Remove any left over nail polish in the water with paper towel (If there is still a lot of nail polish left on the surface of the water)


PLEASE NOTE!! The mug cannot be washed in a dishwasher, you need to hand wash them!

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  • renae
    • 11 Feb 2016
      11:39 pm

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  • Omg this is a great idea for all those unused old nail polish!


  • Great idea to use up those bottles of colour you don’t wear often!


  • I have so many bottles of unused nail polish.


  • That’s such a clever idea. I never know what to do with the dregs


  • What a clever way to spice up the coffee cups!


  • Looks great and I was going to try it until I read hand wash only. Not with my kids.


  • Yours looks gorgeous! I did one a while ago and loved the look. Not sure it could be dishwashered so that makes me hesitant to do more


  • I have done these. They look so professional. I’m fairly sure my mum still has hers


  • Very artistic. I’d love to see a few more of your designs


  • Great way to use up nail polish that’s no longer being used.


  • Very clever idea. I like it and thank you for sharing this one.


  • i did this on a glass and ended up with thick hard patches. i didnt use warm water though – will try again :)


  • Might try this on the reverse side of plates and bowls also .. could design a unique dinner set.


  • I love this idea. You can also use permanent markers.


  • can be very messy, and must use good quality nail polish


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