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DIY to Try: Marble Plates and Bowls

I am so into the marble trend lately. Laptop cases, cutting boards, shirts, bags. So into it.

DIY Marble Plates_NWHWhen I moved into my first place, I made a trip to IKEA and came home with a very blah, very IKEA dinnerware set. The six sets of plates and bowls have held up nicely over the past year, which is impressive considering the $30 price tag. But now that I’m in my mid-twenties, I decided it’s time to step up my style game. I’ll blame my Anthropologie catalog for the sudden shift in perspective…

DSC_0275I wanted to revamp my set but didn’t know where to start. And then I saw this project…marbleized mugs using nailpolish. Brilliant! GENIUS. Mind-blowingly awesome. Seriously, why didn’t I think of it before?

Suddenly, my sad little dinner plates and bowls had so much potential and I finally had a serious plan in place for their much-needed makeover.


You Will Need…

  • White ceramic plates and bowls
  • Nailpolish (I recommend you don’t use a quick drying or gel formula like I did…it can get more tacky)
  • Toothpick
  • Bucket
  • Warm water
  • Non-Toxic waterproof sealant (I prefer to use ModgePodge)

1. Pour nail polish into warm waterDIY Marble Plates 3DIY Marble Plates 2

2. Gently stir to swirl colors together

Make sure you work quickly because the polish starts drying almost immediately.

DIY Marble Plates

3. Dip into the water and remove, let dry

Wait for the polish to dry and continue repeating the process until the desired amount of marble effect is reached. *Optional: use a cotton ball soaked in nail polish remover to remove the marble effect from the center of the plate.


4. You’re done!

Coat with your waterproof sealant and follow curing instructions before using.

Now just try to refrain from marbleizing everything. I dare you.


Please keep in mind these are not really dishwasher or microwave safe. But they sure are pretty, aren’t they?

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