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DIY Nail Polish Mugs

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These fun to make DIY Nail Polish Mugs take minutes to make and are a great gift! Add a gift card to a favorite coffee shop, a bottle of coffee or tea and you have a fun gift for teachers, co-workers or neighbors. 

Nail Polish Mugs for gift

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Nail Polish Mugs with blue, green and red

Include the kids in making these fun nail polish mugs and then give them as gifts. Add a bottle of tea, coffee or even hot cocoa mix. 

Supplies to make Nail Polish Mugs

Nail Polish Mugs


  • Mugs – white is best, any shape is fine
  • Nail Polish – we found that brand new polish worked better than older polish
  • Large Bowl
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint Brush
  • Toothpicks
  • Q-tips
  • Paper Towel

How to make Nail Polish Mugs

How to make Nail Polish Mugs

These instructions are for any color nail polish

  1. Add slightly warm water to large bowl. Pour nail polish into water. 
  2. If you want multiple colors, add them using the nail polish brush and drip it into the water. If a single color, you can simply pour the polish into the water. Add as much or as little as you like. 
  3. Using a toothpick swirl the polish
  4. Work quickly to swirl and dip the mug. The nail polish will dry quickly. 
  5. Begin dipping the mug. You can dip as much of the mug as you want. We kept ours away from the rim where you would drink from, just to be safe. 
  6. Pull mug straight up from the water, the nail polish will collect onto the mug
  7. Use a Q-tip to remove any large pieces of nail polish that collect around the handle
  8. After the nail polish is dry, coat the mug with Mod Podge and set on paper towel to dry

Nail Polish Mugs

Nail Polish Mugs – Frequently Asked Questions

Are the mugs dishwasher safe?

No, these mugs are not dishwasher safe. You can try Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge to seal them, however it takes a long time to seal and cure. 

Can I drink from these mugs? 

Yes, but I would suggest keeping the nail polish below the drink line just in case. 

What type of mug should I use? 

Any kind is fine, you can find inexpensive ones at the dollar store. The ones we used are from Walmart. 

Can I put the mug in the microwave? 

No, they are not safe in the microwave. 

What size bowl is best for dipping? 

You will need the bowl to be large enough that the mug will be completely covered in water, although you won’t dip it completely under the water. You just don’t want it to touch the bottom. 

Also be sure this is not a good bowl, you will want to throw it away when you are done, or keep it for crafts only. 

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DIY Nail Polish Mugs for gift

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  1. Hi there,
    Do I use the modge podge and then bake it to seal? Or one or the other is adequate?

    1. Hi Caroline, we did not bake the mugs. We coated with the Mod Podge and then let them dry.

  2. Kathy Hunt says:

    Love the look of your mugs! I received a nail polish decorated mug for Christmas but the first time I hand-washed it, some of the polish came off. Is there a way to prevent it? Or is there something that needs to be done to the mug first before putting the polish on?

    1. Hi Kathy, you can coat the mug with Modge Podge (found in the craft store) just be careful not to coat where you would drink from it, as I’m not sure if that’s safe.
      Hope that helps!

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