Sunday, April 19, 2015



If you have old nail polishes hanging around in your beauty box or in a fridge like I have - now you can get rid of them :) Many years ago someone told me that it is good to keep your nail polishes in fridge. They last longer. So I did. I think oldest nail polishes I have are from the beginning of the 2000's. 

DIY marbling photo by Kreetta Järvenpää

This is fun. Marbling. You need:

plastic or glass pin (at least size of your paper) 
nail polish (few colors)
paper ( I used aquarelle) 
cotton ribbon
some kind of stick (like those you get from chinese takeaway)
plastic gloves 
nail polish remover (for cleaning up) 
GOOD VENTILATION - expecially the older nail polishes smells strongly

...and then you should cover the table with newspapers or something else because there will be a bit of mess and nail polish isn't water soluble.

DIY marbling photo by Kreetta Järvenpää
How to do it?

Put water in bin. 2-3centimetres high. 

Choose your colors. I used 4 colors same time but you can try what ever you think is good combination. Just keep in mind you have to be fast because nail polish dries fast on the water. So things have to be close and open.

Pour nail polishes on the water.

Stir with stick and make patterns.

Put your paper or the ribbon on the water face down. Leave for few seconds. Push the paper under the water  - the back of the paper gets some color too. It shouldn't touch the bottom of the bin though. Lift the paper or ribbon to dry.

DIY marbling photo by Kreetta Järvenpää
In this photo I have already turned the paper face up. Lift the paper or ribbon to dry.

DIY marbling photo by Kreetta Järvenpää

I was happy when I found this DIY where I can use my nail polishes because I don't use them so much. Maybe few times a year and expecially in summer time.

DIY marbling photo by Kreetta Järvenpää

I saw this  DIY idea on Oh Happy Day blog few days ago. I just had to try it straight away. I also had a need to make beautiful card for our godson who had his 7 year birthday party yesterday. I also needed decorative ribbon to tie the floorballs together. I think this was a very good and easy technique to make some beautiful looking cards and present decoration. You have to try it! But please don't do as I did. Make sure you have a very good ventilation that you don't get too dizzy of the chemicals :) I guess the older nail polishes aren't so safe than new ones...

DIY marbling photo by Kreetta Järvenpää
There are plenty of different kind of DIYs you can make with this tehcnique. Like scarfs, easter eggs, planters, pots, cups, plates, nails. Just open your Pinterest and find your way to the world of marbling... it's very easy and I forgot the time :)

Have a creative Sunday!



  1. Yay, I was just about to throw away lots of nail polishes! Now I can play instead.

    1. Yes, please do that Kirsty Rose! This is also good recycling :)

  2. How do you dry the paper? Do you hang it up somehow? It seems like if it was laid flat it would stick to the surface it is lying on as it dries.

    1. Well, I dried them on flat. You can also dry them by hanging or leaning on the wall.


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