Sure it's easy to decorate when you have Target or Home Goods near you that offer a plethora of exciting and new decorative touches for such ridiculously low prices that sometimes DIY just doesn't seem like a good choice - but what are you supposed to do when you don't live close to places like that? Exactly. Sigh. A lot. Or try to figure out a way to make some less expensive stuff look new and exciting and of course NOT like you bought it at the dollar store. (Hey - I love the dollar store, or MaxStock here in Israel.)
So when I saw this cool video - I said why not?
The video is pretty self explanatory, so I will just add the things I think are important to know.
I used the cheap nail polish from Max Stock. 5 Shekels for one. Worked great. The only thing you have to watch is how much sticks to the toothpick when you swirl the water around. Also I made sure the water was on the warmer side as I had read that cold water can ruin the technique.
Two things to think about. If you flush the water down the toilet, flush quickly or you will end up with some interesting swirls in your toilet. (Yeah no one talks about the dark side of DIY). Also your bucket or you container is pretty much shot afterwards too, as there are nail polish remnants hanging about. So keep that in mind when choosing your container.
The smell of nail polish is really strong for a few days, so you can't drink from the cup right away. You also have to be careful not to swirl it inside the mug. Which is not always so easy to do. But as long as you don't wash it in the dishwasher and you are gentle with it, (No 50 Shades of Grey Nonsense) it seems like it will hold up ok.
I also decided to try it on a bowl - something that I could use as a decorative piece because I wanted a green bowl and there were none to be found.
That was a worthwhile project that was pretty cheap and came out looking good. Of course I had a lot of nail polish on my arms and fingers afterwards. But it is fun to design your own stuff and have it actually look half way decent. Especially when you can't buy anything, which I suppose is better for my budget.