14 March 2015

Last Minute DIY Mothers Day Presen

I don't know about you, but when I dream of things I want in my home I think of marbled coasters and watercolour paintings. I found this watercolour/marble effect DIY all over Pinterest a couple months ago and have been looking for an excuse to do it for myself since. It's Mothers Day tomorrow and if you're like me - a student in her overdraft - then chances are you've left your Mothers Day present to the last minute. These super cute DIY mugs are perfect as they take 30 minutes to do and cost me just £1 each for the mugs.

You will need:
  • Nail Varnish (Preferably not a quick dry one)
  • Old plastic container
  • Toothpicks
  • White Mugs (£1 - Ikea) 

1. Fill your container two thirds full with warm water. I don't think it really 100% matters of the temperature but that's what I used. 

2. Add droplets of nail varnish to the water, the amount depends on the surface you are trying to cover and how opaque you want the coverage. I used 3 - 4 drops and waited a couple seconds for the paint to spread. You can add as many colours as you like, use a tooth pick to mix them together if necessary.

3. You will notice a film start to form, this is the perfect time to dip your mug of choice into the mixture. You don't need to leave it for long, just dip and remove, this is the technique which worked best for me. 

4. Leave to dry, it takes only a couple minutes for the polish itself to dry but the excess water can take up to 45 minutes to evaporate and disappear. I advise leaving it to air dry or carefully pat dry with a un-textured cloth to avoid smudging.

5. You can use nail varnish remover to remove the paint from any area's where you don't want it. I removed any from inside the mug, it's a good idea to try and avoid putting paint where your lips or drink will come into contact with. 

6. Your mugs are good to go now however if you wanted you could draw on top of your masterpiece using permanent markers. A cute message to you're mum would be a cute momento.

This doesn't have to be strictly for mothers day, I picked up this tutorial from House of Hipsters who did this as a sick day pick me up. If you're feeling adventurous you could watercolour any plain white porcelain you have laying around; plant pots, soap holders... the possibilities are endless. I'd love to see your pictures of this when you're done, i'm pretty sure they'll be 10x better than my feeble attempts.

Love always,

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