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Marbled Sunglasses DIY made with nail polish and water

If you’ve been keeping up with DIY trends, I’m sure you’ve seen nail polish marbling methods all over the web. And if you haven’t? Well, you’re in for a fun project! Water marbling is a tried and true crafting technique, but current fads have swept it into the world of nail art. I decided to try this out with a pair of plain sunglasses from H&M, and the result was pretty awesome. The method is actually quite simple — the hardest part is choosing which color polish to use.

Supplies needed for the Marbled Sunglasses DIY project

Supplies:

– Large fabric remnant (to protect your work surface)
– Plastic container or foil tin
– Water
– Plain, simple sunglasses (try H&M or Forever 21)
– Toothpicks
– Nail polish

Plastic container full of water

1. Fill the plastic container with water, about halfway full.

Drops of nail polish added to water

2. Add a few drops of nail polish, and use a toothpick to swirl it around. Aim to swirl the clear areas of water into the polish.

Adding a marbled look to sunglasses

Adding a marbled look to sunglasses

3. Dip one arm directly into the polish/water mixture.

Adding a marbled look to sunglasses

4. Pick up the sunglasses. You’ll find that the polish is practically settled at this point, creating a stringy film that is carried along with the sunglasses. Simply pull away the extra film. Repeat Steps 2-4 for the second arm.

Finished marbled look on sunglasses

5. You’ll be left with something that looks a little like this. Don’t worry too much about an even pattern, as marble patterns are quite random. The more natural looking, the better.

Finished marbling technique applied to sunglasses

6. Let dry.

Finished marbling technique applied to sunglasses

Marbled Sunglasses DIY made with nail polish and water

I’m loving how much of an impact the polish makes, as simple as it is. This is a perfect way to browse through those old bottles of nail polish and re-purpose your favorite shade. With that said, you’ll probably have a multitude of choices, right at your fingertips. Except this time, it won’t be on your nails!

Marbled Sunglasses DIY made with nail polish and water

Photo credits: Kirsten Nunez

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