DIY – Marbled Jars

I went back and forth on sharing this DIY, as I wasn’t 100% happy with how it came out. It has grown on me a little though, so I thought I’d share it anyway!

This is a Pinterest favourite when it comes to DIY’s. It’s a cute way to upcycle a jar, vase or something similar with some splashes of colour! I know Sarah has done it a few times, and hers always come out so beautiful!

The general idea of how to make this is pretty straightforward. You use a container (that you will never use again after this), fill it with warm water, then add some nail polish. Next, you dip in the jars you want, and the nail polish just wooshes on to the jar. Afterwards you let it dry.

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I think maybe the container I used was too deep, and not wide enough, as the effect on the jars wasn’t quite what I expected. Maybe I didn’t swirl it enough, or I didn’t put in enough nail polish. Either way, I wasn’t thrilled with how they came out. I only tried it on the small jars I had, and stopped at that.

diy jars 02

I did this DIY a few weeks ago, but I kept coming back and looking at the jars. They’ve kind of grown on me now.

I’d love to try this again with my milk jars I also have. It’s all about practice right?

Anyway, the jars I have now, I like to store random bits of decor in. Sometimes it’s my fake rose petals in water. It has a nice swirly effect.

diy jars 07

Other times, I like to put the fairy lights in.

diy jars 08

All in all, I’m happy with my first attempt at creating marbled jars. It’s definitely something I’d like to do again.

Have you guys ever tried this kind of DIY? How did it go for you?


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69 thoughts on “DIY – Marbled Jars

  1. Haven’t tried anything like this before! But now I totally want to. Thanks for sharing!
    I have a few nail polish shades (mostly gifts) which I do not like on my nails, but wouldn’t mind on a glass or ceramic jar 🙂


  2. I did a similar DIY but instead of jars I used pebbles. It didn’t turn out that great, as expected (still have them decorating the bathroom) and it was really messy. Although I want to do it again, I’m a bit “scare” of it ahah.


  3. I really like how these came out! It is annoying because it seems very simple but there is a layer of difficulty to it, the temperature needs to be right and the time between putting the polish into the water and dipping the glass has to be quite short.. still fun though 🙂 I read that some people try it out on those little plastic cups you can get for parties, just to practice the motion. They really do grow on you though, a lot of mine I didn’t really like to begin with but now love how they look 🙂


  4. I think it makes for great decor with the fake petals and lights. They look nice to me. I’m sure if you do it again they’ll look even better✨


  5. Hello! I have a new (and very small) soap business and blog! Its all made by me and I’d love the input of other DIYers! Do you think adding in step by step blogs showing how I make my soaps is a good idea? Would you like to see more product selection such as shower jellies and sugar scrubs?? Let me know what you all think!!
    Thank you!!


  6. I have so many plain jars in my house with random stuff in it so making them a little prettier might be helpful, so thank you !


    1. Thanks! I feel like it did still do a bit of an effect, so the diy was still a success in the end! I’d love to try it again some time and see if I can do them even better 😃


  7. These look awesome! A lot of times when you Pin things it looks so cool but unachievable. However, this seems quite accessible, haha.

    I did a sort of similar DIY a while back but instead of using nail polish, it was glow in the dark paint to make a firefly jar. It was pretty cool but the paint was water soluble so it wasn’t going to last very long. However, now I have glow in the dark nail polish so it might be time to try something like this again… 🙂


  8. This is so funny that I’m reading this. I was planning on marbling jars tomorrow. But I think nail polish would be to thick and hard to work with? I was planning on using Martha Stewart glass paint, putting it all on a plate, marbling it there than rolling the jar in it. I don’t know. Thank you for telling me it might be harder than it looks! I thought I’d be a quick 5 min project. Lol


    1. Glass paint could work well too. I’ve only ever tried with nail polish and it came out alright. It’s definitely something where you can predict the outcome haha! But it’s definitely a fun diy project to have a play with 🤗


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