Nail Polish Dipped Marbled Seashell Decor

My absolute favourite craft is the kind that makes your home look fancier with little cost and little additional effort. Such is the case with my seashell decor which is made with nail polish.

Nail Polish Dipped Marbled Seashell Decor

Seashell Decor that Breaks Free from Coastal Theming

Seashells make great decor if you are going for a certain look or a theme. Themed rooms are a lot of fun to make, but you might prefer to leave your indoor environments a little more open-ended. Altering your seashell decor can open up your room to more possibilities by breaking free of a rigid seashore theme. Repurposing elements found in nature and turning them into art is a beautiful way to add accents and create focal points that can add character to a room without taking anything away.

Seashell Decor with Marbled Effect Using Nail Polish Dip

An Extravagant Look for Seashell Decor

I like to create a marbled look on seashells that feels more like something you might buy at an expensive home goods store. It’s a look that adds pop and flare, but it is easy to make and not nearly as expensive as it might look. You can use this approach to marble similar items as well, not only seashells; however, the marbled look that the nail polish dip provides works exceptionally well with the surface texture of the shells.

Seashell Decor with Marbled Effect Using Nail Polish Dip

Nail Polish Dipped Marbled Seashell Decor

Materials Needed

  • Medium bowl of lukewarm water
  • Seashells in all shapes and sizes
  • Tweezers (I used a large plastic pair from the Dollar Tree, but any tweezers could be used, or even a pair of tongs)
  • 6-8 cotton swab sticks
  • 4-6 toothpicks
  • Paper towels
  • Scrap piece of foam board, or plate covered in wax paper
  • Nail polish in varying colours
Nail Polish Dipped Marbled Seashell Decor: material needed

How To Make the Seashell Decor Using Nail Polish Dip

Make sure you are working in a very well ventilated area. The nail polish has a very strong scent, so it’s best to do this project outside, or with the windows open.

Step 1: Start by filling a medium bowl with lukewarm water. If the water is too cold, the nail polish won’t spread easily.

Nail Polish Dipped Marbled Seashell in process Decor

Step 2: Open the lid to each nail polish you will be using. The nail polish dries on the surface of the water very quickly, so it’s important to work as fast as possible, and having the nail polish open helps speed up the process.

Seashell Decor Using Nail Polish Dip in process

Step 3: Starting with your first bottle of nail polish, hold the brush as close to the water as possible, and shake gently until the nail polish drips on the surface. If you drop the polish from too far above, it will sink to the bottom. Add additional colours to the water, and then using a toothpick, lightly swirl the colours together.

Seashell Decor Using Nail Polish Dip in process

Step 4: Remember the nail polish will dry rather quickly, so as soon as you finish swirling, hold the seashell with tweezers, dip into the water, then remove and place on the foam board to dry.

Seashell Decor Using Nail Polish Dip in process

Step 5: I was able to dip 1-2 seashells at a time before the nail polish dried on the surface of the water. Once you have dipped the seashells, use a toothpick or cotton swab stick to swirl the remaining nail polish off the surface, and discard on a paper towel.

Seashell Decor Using Nail Polish Dip in process

Step 6: Repeat the process of dripping nail polish on the surface of the water, and dipping each seashell. You will also have to repeat the process of cleaning the excess off the surface with a toothpick or cotton swab stick.

Nail Polish Dipped Marbled Seashell Decor

Step 7: Once all seashells have been dipped in the nail polish, leave them on the foam board until they are completely dry. Once dry, they are ready to be enjoyed as decoration.

Seashell Decor with Marbled Effect Using Nail Polish Dip

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Nail Polish Dipped Marbled Seashell Decor

Nail Polish Dipped Marbled Seashell Decor

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Break free of the seashore theme and open up your living area with pops of inspiration with marbled seashell decor using your nail polish.

Materials

  • Medium bowl of lukewarm water
  • Seashells in all shapes and sizes
  • 6-8 cotton swab sticks
  • 4-6 toothpicks
  • Paper towels
  • Scrap piece of foam board, or plate covered in wax paper
  • Nail polish in varying colours

Tools

  • Tweezers (I used a large plastic pair from the Dollar Tree, but any tweezers could be used, or even a pair of tongs)

Instructions

Make sure you are working in a very well ventilated area. The nail polish has a very strong scent, so it’s best to do this project outside, or with the windows open.

Step 1: Start by filling a medium bowl with lukewarm water. If the water is too cold, the nail polish won’t spread easily.

Step 2: Open the lid to each nail polish you will be using. The nail polish dries on the surface of the water very quickly, so it’s important to work as fast as possible, and having the nail polish open helps speed up the process.

Nail Polish Dipped Marbled Seashell in process Decor

Step 3: Starting with your first bottle of nail polish, hold the brush as close to the water as possible, and shake gently until the nail polish drips on the surface. If you drop the polish from too far above, it will sink to the bottom. Add additional colours to the water, and then using a toothpick, lightly swirl the colours together.

Seashell Decor Using Nail Polish Dip in process

Step 4: Remember the nail polish will dry rather quickly, so as soon as you finish swirling, hold the seashell with tweezers, dip into the water, then remove and place on the foam board to dry.

Step 5: I was able to dip 1-2 seashells at a time before the nail polish dried on the surface of the water. Once you have dipped the seashells, use a toothpick or cotton swab stick to swirl the remaining nail polish off the surface, and discard on a paper towel.

Seashell Decor Using Nail Polish Dip in process

Step 6: Repeat the process of dripping nail polish on the surface of the water, and dipping each seashell. You will also have to repeat the process of cleaning the excess off the surface with a toothpick or cotton swab stick.

Seashell Decor Using Nail Polish Dip in process

Step 7: Once all seashells have been dipped in the nail polish, leave them on the foam board until they are completely dry. Once dry, they are ready to be enjoyed as decoration.

Nail Polish Dipped Marbled Seashell Decor

Lynehttps://ottawamommyclub.ca/
Lyne is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto.She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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