A Marbled and Glazed Mug

April 23, 2014

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Make your own marbled and glazed mug, with items you have at home.I announced many a moon ago to my grandmother that I didn’t need to read instructions because I could look at the picture and figure out how to do whatever

it was I wanted to do. Well that fact is nice and dandy except sometimes you need to read the instructions for you might miss a key detail…like when I tried out this fun idea from Carolyn’s Homework. If you haven’t seen the fun and pretty things she makes you need to check her site out because she is quite talented.

When I made my first mug I didn’t add the water and if you’ve ever done even a bit of marbling you will know that if it’s just paint it will not turn out to be marbled. It turned out to look like a glaze, so it wasn’t all a waste:

Make your own marbled and glazed mug, with items you have at home.When I dipped the cup the first time I was sure I must have done something wrong, but I went ahead and finished it. I actually jumped up off the couch as soon as I read what Carolyn did, sans the instructions considering her mug was just gorgeous!

The Second time around I read the instructions and used water:

Make your own marbled and glazed mug, with items you have at home.Make your own marbled and glazed mug, with items you have at home.I thought the idea of marbling cups was absolutely delightful because they’re beautiful, but I also loved the idea as I have some mugs that I don’t care for but we use….and I have nail polish that I don’t use. Speaking of hanging on to things I don’t use, remember the 40 days 40 bags challenge? I got rid of 45 bags! Back to the the mugs! Getting to use my nail polish and mugs to make something that I loved instead of loathed made me happy! I should have allowed more room for putting mouths when drinking so like Carolyn I might use these for flowers. Using these as vases might be perfect since I receive bundles of short stemmed wildflowers on a very regular basis and I don’t have anything for short flowers.

Make your own marbled and glazed mug, with items you have at home.A marbled and glazed mug might have initially gone awry, but sometimes our mistakes lead to something unique and quite beautiful.

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  • Lauryn Lasko April 23, 2014 at 3:08 am

    OH these are beautiful!!! I couldn’t trust myself though!

    xo, Lauryn
    come enter my giveaway

    • Heather April 23, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      Hehe! Thank you Lauryn!

  • Grandmother April 23, 2014 at 5:18 am


    • Heather April 23, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      Thank you!

  • Kristy O April 23, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Really cool project! It’s always good to learn from your mistakes too :-) Happy Crafting!

    Kristy @

    • Heather April 23, 2014 at 10:24 pm

      Thank you Kristy! :D I agree!

  • katherines corner April 23, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Well it turned out lovely! giggle the one before you read the instructions has its own style. xo

    • Heather April 23, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      Thank you Katie! :D

  • Ginnie April 23, 2014 at 11:20 am

    LOVE these! I need to find something to try this on. They turned out so gorgeous:)

    • Heather April 23, 2014 at 8:36 pm

      YES! I hope you do a post about it! Thank you!

  • Bobbi April 23, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Love this marbled look! Thanks for sharing.

    • Heather April 23, 2014 at 10:25 pm

      Thank you Bobbi! :D

  • Carolyn ~ homework April 23, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Your mug turned out fantastic! Thank you so much for the shout out about my mug. I was laughing because I tend to do the same thing. Just dive in and figure it out as I go. But that’s what makes creating fun. Thanks again. xxoo Carolyn

    • Heather April 24, 2014 at 8:34 pm

      Yay! I am so glad you like them! Thank you Carolyn and thank you for your lovely post! :)

  • Erika Buckley April 24, 2014 at 6:51 am

    This looks fabulous! Love the sweet little flower arrangement in the mug, what a cheerful addition to the breakfast table. ~ Erika @

    • Heather April 24, 2014 at 8:32 pm

      Thank you Erika! You’re so sweet! :)

  • Heather April 24, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Oh I love those! I might have to find the instructions and trey that out myself!

    • Heather April 24, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      Definitely go check out Carolyn’s instructions just don’t forget to read them through like I did! LOL :D Thank you Heather!

  • Pam@over50feeling40 April 24, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Very pretty idea! Thanks for sharing it on the Thursday blog hop!!

    • Heather April 24, 2014 at 8:32 pm

      Thank you Pam!

  • Echo April 24, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Those are gorgeous! I actually love the imperfection of the first one!

    • Heather April 24, 2014 at 8:31 pm

      Oh thank you Echo! :D

  • Simple Nature Decor April 24, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    WOW, these mugs are so so pretty and artistic.. I want to lean to make them.. Ill go check Carolyn link! Thanks for sharing them! Maria

    • Heather April 24, 2014 at 8:30 pm

      Thank you Maria!

  • Ruth April 25, 2014 at 5:01 am

    This is interesting and amusing…. I do love how your second mug turned out. It’s beautiful. Happy Friday and a great weekend!

    • Heather April 25, 2014 at 11:10 pm

      Thank you Ruth! Same to you! I am so glad it’s the weekend! :D

  • Kelly April 25, 2014 at 7:06 am

    Love, love, love that beautiful pink mug!

    • Heather April 25, 2014 at 11:10 pm

      Thank you so much Kelly! :D

  • Robyn @ simply fresh dinners April 25, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Hi Heather,
    I’m loving these mugs – especially the colours you chose. These would make wonderful gifts. Thanks so much!

    • Heather April 25, 2014 at 11:09 pm

      Oh thank you Robyn! :D

  • Erlene April 25, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    That came out really pretty and I have TONS of nail polish. Will give this a try. Thanks for sharing on Link’n blogs link up. Pinned.

    • Heather April 25, 2014 at 11:08 pm

      I love being able to use up some things that I would probably never use otherwise! Thank you Erlene!

  • Crochet with Linda Dawn April 25, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Really very beautiful mugs, what a lovely way to brighten up plain crockery, the’re both very unique and quirky x

    • Heather April 25, 2014 at 11:08 pm

      Thank you Linda!

  • Marti April 25, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    hahaha I can’t stand reading instructions either… for me it’s lack of patience.
    But what a cool idea!! Love it. Now I know what to make as a gift for co-workers during the Holidays. They’re both beautiful!!

    • Heather April 25, 2014 at 11:05 pm

      Hehe! I love that idea! Thank you Marti! :D

  • Katie April 25, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Hi, I love how your mug turned out, really pretty!

    (found the link on the Finally Friday Link–a-long on Go Crochet Crazy)

    • Heather April 25, 2014 at 11:04 pm

      Thank you Katie! :D

  • Ana Love Craft April 26, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Super cute project! Gorgeous little daisies!
    Have a wonderful weekend and week!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

    • Heather April 27, 2014 at 12:45 am

      Oh thank you Ana! I love picking wildflowers from the yard!

  • Corey @ Tinysidekick April 29, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Love the colors you used! I just might have to try this :) Great to have you link up at The Makers this week!

    • Heather April 30, 2014 at 1:29 am

      Thank you Corey!

  • Mary @ GoCrochetCrazy.blogspot.com April 30, 2014 at 5:45 am

    Heather, your mug turned out so beautifully! I love it! Thank you for sharing at last week’s Go Crochet Crazy Link Party (for all things homemade and handmade). I hope to see you again for this Friday’s link party at

    • Heather May 1, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      Thank you Mary! I will be there! :D

  • Deborah April 30, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Love the pink mug! I will head over and read the tutorial. Thank you for sharing this and your copper pots and milk paint storage at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!
    Blessings, Deborah

    • Heather May 1, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      Thank you so much Deborah! :D

  • Marti May 1, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Your cups are so creative, I love how they turned out! Thanks so much for sharing them with us. I pinned them to the party board. :)

    • Heather May 2, 2014 at 2:32 am

      Thank you! :D

  • Brenda Young May 2, 2014 at 7:26 am

    Mistake? what mistake, I love how the first one came out, what a perfect gift these would make for the creative who loves to paint! These would look great as paintbrush holders too if you get the paint to close to the lip.! hmm, I think I’ll throw one together for teacher appreciation week with some brushes… Thanks for the inspiration Heather!

    • Heather May 2, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      Awww Brenda you’re such a sweetie! Thank you! That would be and awesome gift for teachers! :D