Try this fashionable spin on the marbling trend – DIY Marbled Sunglasses! It’s so easy to add an awesome marbled pattern to your favorite pair of sunnies with just nail polish and water. This post was originally shared at Tried and True and contains affiliate links, which help to support this blog. Thank you!
So there are about 20,000 nail polish marbling projects out there in blogland, and I have been wanting to try out the technique for ages. But I really wanted to do something a bit different, as much as I love the mugs and pots – I wanted to marble something I hadn’t seen marbled before. Finally, I came up with the idea of marbling some sunglasses, and I kind of love the way they turned out. Super fun and perfect for summer!
The marbling technique turned out to be a little bit tricky for me, but after a few tries, I got it down and I’m looking forward to more marbling projects in the future.
How to Make DIY Marbled Sunglasses
First gather up your supplies. You really only need a few things to get making.
DIY Marbled Sunglasses Supplies:
- Sunglasses (This is a great way to upcycle an old or cheap pair!)
- Nail Polish
- Container for water (I used a disposable lasagna pan)
- Thin Dowel Rods or Bamboo Skewers or Toothpicks
- Masking Tape
- Craft Knife
Marbled Sunglasses Step One. Prepare Glasses.
First, you need to prep your sunglasses by covering the lenses with masking tape. To do this, simply layer pieces of tape over the lenses and then trim off the excess tape around the lenses using your craft knife.
Then, repeat the process so the back sides of the lenses are covered as well. When that’s done, you are all ready to marble!
Marbled Sunglasses Step Two. Marble!
I found that the marbling technique definitely has a bit of a learning curve, so I recommend practicing on something else (I did a few plastic cups) before doing your glasses. Also, I tried dollar store nail polish first and didn’t have as much success as I did with the cheap drug store polish (maybe $2). I’m not sure why one worked better than the other, but I wondered if it might have something to do with the age of the polish.
First, fill your container with a few inches of room temperature water. I had read to use cold water, but I found that made the nail polish harder to work with.
Then, drizzle nail polish on top of the water. You can use just one color like I did or mix a couple complimentary colors. Then use your bamboo skewer or toothpick to quickly swirl the paint. Put the glasses face down into the paint, pushing the glasses under the water, and then lifting them out.
Let the paint dry completely before touching it. Use a dowel rod to swirl up the leftover paint from the water.
Then you can drizzle more paint on top of the water and dip the sides of the glasses.
When the pain is completely dry, remove the tape from the lenses.
And, that’s it! Some new fun marbled glasses ready to help you enjoy the sunny days ahead!
What do you guys think? Have you tried nail polish marbling yet? If so, how did it go for you?