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.
– Large fabric remnant (to protect your work surface)
– Plastic container or foil tin
– Plain, simple sunglasses (try H&M or Forever 21)
– Nail polish
1. Fill the plastic container with water, about halfway full.
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.
3. Dip one arm directly into the polish/water mixture.
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.
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.
6. Let dry.
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!
Photo credits: Kirsten Nunez