Marbled Paperweight

Marbled Paperweight
Messiness: High
Age Range: 9y - 16y
Estimated Time: <30 mins

Activity Designer

Risa Finn
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.

How We Did It

Marbled Paperweight
Gather your materials!
Marbled Paperweight
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.
Marbled Paperweight

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


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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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How do you remove the rock without smearing the polish?

posted by: Sami on 4.28.2017

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Will try this.

posted by: Genny on 4.9.2017

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When I first made this it was a disaster. I had a whole bunch of nail polishes that had been sitting around for a few years and when I tipped them in the water they all stayed as sticky blobs. I noticed that one did seem to be working so I went to the shops to buy some more of that brand and discovered that it was way to expensive for craft projects so I bought some others. They worked perfectly. And I actually discovered that I had already tried some of this brand (Colour) previously but they hadn't worked so I have come to the conclusion that you need to use NEW nail polish (or at least stuff that has been opened less than a year).

posted by: Catherine on 3.21.2017

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What kind of white paint should be used?

posted by: Jennifer on 7.12.2016

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Do you think this would work for decorating easter eggs?!!!

posted by: Dana on 3.17.2016

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Things did not work out as planned . . .

posted by: Alisha on 3.16.2016

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