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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

DIY: Watercolour Teacups


One night after I found myself in that Pinterest vortex (you can find me here) that you can't seem to break out of, I came across this idea for watercolour mugs. I knew I wanted to make my own, and after seeing something very similar in Starbucks that I loved, I couldn't wait to give it a go! After reading how a few people had done theirs I decided instead of mugs that I would use teacups and saucers, I'm not sure I've ever told you this but I do love a teacup, to drink from and store bits and bobs.

What you need:
White cups or mugs -I used these ones from Ikea
Nail polish
Basin filled warm water
Wooden skewer
Paper towel or cotton pads


To make your watercolour mugs...
Add a few drops of your chosen nail polish to the water and let it spread out, I used the skewer to swirl it around a little. Then carefully dip you cup or mug in the water, take it out and leave it to dry, use some paper towel or cotton pads to dab off any excess water, don't rub it right away or you might wipe off the colour.

You can do the above with as many colours as you like until your happy with your design, I used two -a taupe and purple. But make sure you dry your mug between each colour so the nail polish sticks properly.

If you have any messy areas or nail polish anywhere you don't want it to be you can take it off with nail polish remover. All you have to do now is leave it to dry for a few hours.

Et voila, watercolour mugs, -so easy to do but so beautiful! I ended up with a few air bubble marks on mine that I ended up really rather liking, and for my first attempt I'm quite pleased with the outcome, it's something I'd like to do again maybe with pastel shades, and maybe on glass?

I have had tea in the cups since making them and I've had no problems, even when washing afterwards, although I wouldn't suggest your harsh with them -not that you need to be with teacups. We don't have a dishwasher so I can't tell you how they'd in one of them but I think to be safe I'd say just stick to washing in the sink. I have since thought about buying a non-toxic coating to make sure they last as long as any other mugs would but I haven't found one yet. If I do, I'll be sure to update the end of this post.




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  1. Wow! What a great idea, I have never thought to use nail polish for a DIY before. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Rachel, it's actually quite surprising how many things you can do with nail polish - I've found so many more since making these :) xx

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    2. Thanks Rachel, it's actually quite surprising how many things you can do with nail polish - I've found so many more since making these :) xx

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  2. Loving this! You are so talented. Thanks for sharing this at our party. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm, so we get to party with you again! Lou Lou Girls

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    1. Thanks Kimberly, that's so sweet of you to say! I'm sure I will be along again :) xx

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    2. Thanks Kimberly, that's so sweet of you to say! I'm sure I will be along again :) xx

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