Once upon a time, marble was a trend that took over the fashion, art, and home decor worlds. These days, it has become a staple element in design. Marble offers a vibe that is equal parts classy and edgy; it is exactly what I adore it. And when it doubles as a crafty technique for (finally) using up old nail polish, how can you resist? For my latest holiday project, I applied this method to Darice’s white ceramic DIY reindeer ornaments. They happen to offer the perfect glossy surface for nail polish marbling and to top it off, the minimalist combination of the two will make them usable for years to come.
- Small Plastic Container and Water
- Nail Polish
- Darice White Ceramic Reindeer Ornament
- Toothpicks or Small Wood Sticks
- Darice Craft Scissors
- Darice Natural Hemp Cord
Use an opaque nail polish. Metallic polishes tend to be thinner in consistency, creating a less prominent marbled effect. For these DIY reindeer ornaments, I used a deep pink color. I’d love to recreate this in turquoise, black, and maroon.
Step 1. Add a few drops of nail polish to the water. A little goes a long way! Using the toothpick or stick, give the polish a good swirl. Work quickly, as the polish dries as soon as it hits the water. Science, am I right?
Step 2. Dip the reindeer ornament directly into the nail polish. Focus on the front of the reindeer, as this area will be the most visible. I was able to drag the ornament a bit, folding the dried layer of polish onto it.
Remember, you can make these ornaments in any color you’d like. You can even layer two colors onto one reindeer for a double marbled look. Check out these DIY snowman ornaments for another fun and customizable ornament project.
What colors would you choose for your DIY reindeer ornaments? Let me know in the comments, below!
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Kirsten is a lifestyle writer and craft book author focusing on DIY, food, health, and creativity. Since 2010, she has been sharing DIY projects at WildAmor.com (formerly Studs & Pearls). In May 2014, Kirsten published her first book, Studs & Pearls: 30 Creative Projects for Customized Fashion; you can find it at Barnes & Noble, Amazon & select independent bookstores. She spends most of her time writing, crafting, traveling, and dreaming up new recipe ideas. Kirsten is a born and raised New Yorker currently living in the Bay Area of California.