How to Use Nail Polish to Marble Anything

This is a cool DIY tutorial on marbling the surface of anything with nail polish. Looks good actually!


  • Nail polish – as many colors as you want!
  • Wood boxes


  • Lots of tapes
  • A stirring stick
  • A plastic tub


1. Tape off the wooden box to create a block for your marbled section.

2. Fill a plastic container with water and then pour in nail polish. Swirl nail polish with stirring stick.

3. Let the face of the box touch the surface of the water and then lift. The nail polish will be stuck on the face of the box!

4. Use the stirring stick to collect the rest of the nail polish and to clean up the water for the next color.

5. Wait for 10 mins for the nail polish to dry. After that pat the water droplets with a paper towel.

6. Remove the tape and voilà it’s that easy!

We used three colors for each marbling palette.

Tape off your box with painter’s tape. We chose to tape off a hard diagonal line to contrast with our organic marbled pattern.

Fill your tub with water and pour in your nail polish. Pour it in slowly, so it stays on the top of the water. If you pour too quickly, the nail polish will sink. Using your stirring stick, swirl your nail polish colors together.

Once you’ve swirled your colors together, place the face of your box on the surface of the water. You do not want to submerge the box in the water. Wait about five to ten minutes to let the nail polish really dry. Then take a paper towel and pat the water droplets. Peel off the tape to reveal the crisp line.

Use your stirring stick to clean up the water. The nail polish will stick to it as if you were making cotton candy.

We found that bright, dark colors worked best on our boxes. We had to stay away from corals, yellows, and oranges since they were too similar to our wood. Keep color choices in mind when picking out the objects you are going to be marbling.

Don’t be afraid to try different materials. The possibilities are endless! Wood, cork, ceramic, slate, metal, plastic, etc. When choosing, your nail polish colors pick out a complementing metallic. It will make the marbling pop.


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