Make Your Own DIY Watercolor Mugs

Remember the "watercolor" manicure that took over our Pinterest feeds not too long ago? Well, now you can apply that same watercolor effect to your favorite coffee mugs! With just a few cheap materials that you can easily pick up at your local WalMart or Target, you can make your boring white mugs look artistic and expensive in five easy steps.

What you'll need:

  • A white ceramic mug
  • A disposable bowl or container
  • Nail polish
  • A skewer 

Step 1:

Fill the bowl or container with warm water, adding a drop of nail polish to the water.

Step 2:

Use the skewer to swirl the polish around the water to give it the effect you'd like. The more polish you use, the darker the color will appear on the mug. 

Step 4:

Dip your mug into the container. It's up to you how you dip the mug into the water, this will effect the effect or design that comes out.

Step 5:

Carefully pat mug dry with paper towel. You can use nail polish remover to remove any excess nail polish or to fix any areas you messed up on. Let the mugs dry for at least two hours. 

Hand washing the mugs is recommended, and be sure not to scrub too hard over the polished areas with a sponge. To be extra sure that the polish won't fade, try coating the outside of the mug with a clear coat of nail polish or a non-toxic finishing spray.

Then simply repeat the same process with additional colors if you want to make more than one!

These super cute and easy to make watercolor mugs are the perfect way to add a little color to your morning coffee routine. Not to mention, they make the perfect inexpensive and easy DIY gift.

Happy crafting, collegiettes!