DIY Marble Dipped Vessels

DIY Marble Dipped Vessels — Make an inexpensive vase look way more elegant with this tutorial for DIY Marble Dipped Vessels! And can you believe we achieved this look with nail polish?!?

DIY marble dipped vessels -- sugar & cloth

DIY marble dipped vessels -- sugar & cloth

Marble runs a really close second (to all things gold) in my list of home decor obsessions. The sad part about it is that it’s about as expensive to come by as gold is.

Plus, I can’t exactly carve it myself, though that would make me one killer DIY’er if I could. Instead, I stick with the nail polish budget version (literally), and make my own DIY marble dipped vessels.

I thought about using marbled shelf liner paper for this project. But I wanted to be able to get a sleek, seamless look so I created my own color recipe to make a real faux marble pattern with polishes!

A lot of people have done similar projects with the bright, neon colors. But I feel like you can’t go wrong with mixing a bit of traditional marble in with your decor, no?

DIY marble dipped vessels -- sugar & cloth

Materials And Tools Needed To Make DIY Marble Dipped Vessels

Gray and black nail polish — You can just buy the cheap regular kind!

White ceramic vessels — I used ceramic vases from Target (that are currently sold out) but you can this is a similar one. I am also loving this ceramic vase set.

Plastic bowl

Warm water

Plastic fork or utensil — For stirring

Plastic cups — For practice first!

DIY marble dipped vessels -- sugar & cloth

How To Make DIY Marble Dipped Vessels

(Don’t mind the pink in here, this is my all purpose painting bowl!)

This entire process is super simple. You just have to keep in mind to move quickly or the nail polish will start to dry in the water. And if it does, it won’t stick to your vessel evenly like you’re looking for with marble.

Essentially, it will leave weird bubbles and funky overlap where you don’t want it. So you can practice on cheap plastic cups first to get a feel for it!

DIY marble dipped vessels -- sugar & cloth

To get the right color consistency, I used three parts grey nail polish (about three drops of polish) to one part black polish (one drop).

Then, I quickly gave it a stir with the end of a plastic utensil, and dipped the vessel in at about a 45 degree angle, making a twisting motion with my hand so that it swirled all the around the vase. 

Let it set by flipping the vessel upside down until it’s dry to the touch.

DIY marble dipped vessels -- sugar & cloth

You’ll have to repeat this process one by one for each vessel, and you can remove any excess dried nail polish in between coats by swirling the plastic utensil around the bowl to scoop the bad part out.

DIY marble dipped vessels -- sugar & cloth

DIY marble dipped vessels -- sugar & cloth

I kind of want to do this to everything now, but I’m refraining!

It’s kind of a running theme of mine every time I try something new that I love. I should just go ahead and get a shirt made that says “#idontknowwhentostop”.

But that could probably get easily misconstrued now that I think about it…

DIY marble dipped vessels -- sugar & cloth

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DIY marble dipped vessels -- sugar & cloth

 

24 thoughts on “DIY Marble Dipped Vessels”

    • Hi Lauren! The easiest way to create a marble look on plexiglass would be to use this Marble Contact Paper” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>. Just cut it to size, remove the adhesive backing, and wrap around carefully as to avoid bubbles between the paper and the plexiglass. Contact paper is great because you can clean it, it’s durable and it will look like real marble! Good luck! :)

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    • Hi Kait – We’ve never marbled wood, so I’m not quite sure! These vessels were super easy to DIY, so I recommend them most highly.

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  1. This diy is amazing ! the effect looks so good, i’ll do it for sure !
    just have a little question : i went to the website where you found your 3 vessels, and they seem a little beige, so i would like to know if you painted them in white before making the marble effect ? Because they look very white to me compared to the ones i saw on the website…
    Thanks for answering, and sorry if my english wasn’t perfect, it’s hard to be french ;)

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  2. This is very gorgeous and looks so elegant! I wonder if I can do the same with plates/bowls so I can get that marbelized look for macaron photos.

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  3. These are SO pretty! I love that you went the understated route, too. My mind is blown that nail polish can create something so lovely!!

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  4. Oh. Em. Gee. You have found a way to stop my hexagon obsession. Now I can marble everything that is void of color! #seriouslyIcan’tstopeither

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  5. oh! so fancy! I love how these turned out! I love marble so much too, I even dressed my son in a marble shirt today lol. thank you Gap!

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  6. This DIY project is so cool! I love marble pieces but, as you said, they tend to be very pricey. I’m definitely going to be trying out this technique!

    -Helen
    http://www.sweethelengrace.com

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  7. I LOVE this! I am obsessed with all marble home decor and this is the perfect DIY!

    xoxo,
    Kim
    ig: kimcasemyers
    www.champagneista.blogspot.com

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  8. I love marble and gold, and these are seriously gorgeous! I can’t believe this was done with nail polish… Will have to practice though I feel before committing to dipping my vases haha

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