Tiles aren’t just for backsplashes or flooring, they can be used for a fun DIY upcycle project! Using this website as inspiration, we made water marbled tile coasters using nail polish. You can use any colors of nail polish you want, but we chose neutral colors. Water marbling can also be used on other surfaces, but using salvaged tile coasters from EcoBuilding Bargains meant an affordable and fun craft. It took us several tries to get it, but the results are great!


  • Tiles
  • Nail polish in multiple colors
  • Dish of water
  • Skewers/Toothpicks
  • Felt strip for backing
  • Scissors
  • Optional: primer

Step 1. Pour out water onto a plate, large enough to fit your tile.

Step 2. Add drops of polish in random spots in the water.

Step 3. Using your skewer/toothpick, lightly swirl the nail polish around to create a marbling effect. Be sure to have a light touch to avoid the nail polish bunching up on your skewer/toothpick.

Step 4. If you are using a primer, cover your tile in it first, but we did not use a primer on ours. Quickly dunk your tile into the water, drowning the tile slightly to the edge but not too much that the tile isn’t fully covered by the water.

Step 5. Lift up your tile, and the design should have lifted.

Step 6. Let the tile dry for at least 30 minutes.

This is a really simple and fun way to decorate your tiles! Experiment with different colors and patterns, and the more you try, the better you will get. You can always use nail polish remover to remove the design and try again. Watch this video to learn more about how to create it, and be sure to visit EcoBuilding Bargains to check out their inventory.