Nail Polish Marbled Ornaments

You’ve probably seen a marbled manicure before – they’re all over Pinterest – but did you know that you can also use the same technique to give a marbled finish to nearly anything? True story! I decided to try marbling some dollar store ornaments, with varying degrees of success. Watch the video below to see my attempts (bloopers included!), or keep scrolling to read more and see the project in photos.

Project estimate:

  • Nail polish, on hand or $1 and up
  • Christmas ornaments, $1 and up
  • Container for water, on hand

Total: $1 and up!


The process itself is pretty straightforward: Fill a container with water, then drizzle a few colors of polish over the surface and use a toothpick or skewer to swirl the colors together. Then you dunk the item you’re marbling into the water and the nail polish adheres to the surface – when you remove the item from the water it should have a marbled pattern on it.

Make sure you remove any leftover polish from the surface of the water between each item you marble!


Sounds simple, right? Well, as I found out, there was definitely some trial-and-error involved to get it to come out just right! Make sure you watch the video to see all of my fails, and hopefully you can learn from my mistakes. After multiple tries I finally got results that, while not all perfect, were good enough to hang on the tree.

marbled ornaments

Have you ever tried mail polish marbling before? Share any tips you may have in the comments below!