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Marble Paperweight

These pretty rainbow rocks are perfect for brightening up your desk! With just some nail polish and water, you can transform an ordinary rock into your own marbled paperweight.

What You'll Need:


White paint


Nail polish (various colors)



Find an interesting rock outside and clean off the dirt with some water. Once dry, paint the rock white. Allow the first coat of paint to dry, and then apply a second coat.

Fill a bowl with cold water. Make sure your bowl is deep enough and you have enough water to completely submerge your rock.

Add one drop of your first color into the bowl. The color will spread out. Then, add another drop of a different color to the center of the first color. Continue to add one drop of color at a time in the center of the previous color. Be quick when adding more colors, nail polish will harden if it sits still for too long.

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Time to create marble designs with your toothpick! Do steps 5-6 quickly before your design solidifies.

First create a horizontal line through the color. Start by poking the center and pulling slowly to the right. Then return to the center and pull slowly to the left.

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Next, make lines from the top to the bottom of the nail polish. For a cool effect, alternate from top to bottom and then from bottom to top.

Tip: To prevent the nail polish film from clumping, it helps to start the lines from the second and third rings of your outer colors.

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When you are done marbling the nail polish, dip your white rock slowly in the center of your nail polish design. Submerge the rock underwater and then slowly remove it.

For a clean result, remove excess nail polish with your finger or toothpick before you remove the rock from the water. This will prevent it from sticking to your rock as you pull it out.

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Lay your rock to the side to dry. See the immediate and colorful result of your marble design! Now you can enjoy it on your desk or gift it to a friend.

What else can you marble? Have fun experimenting!

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