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I’ve seen hydro dipping around the TikTok and wanted to try it. I figured this would be a good introduction to that mess! I got some coffee cups and different types of nail polish.


The dollar store can have great materials for a nice inexpensive gift for someone. Pair this nicely with some hot cocoa packs and you got a handmade gift for whoever you forgot on your list this year! I made three mugs for $6

I was honestly a bit intimidated by this one. I have no idea why I was, it was so incredibly easy. Only thing is my right hand has very weirdly colored finger tips now from not being careful.

My only advice is use a bucket, or a Tupperware container that you don’t care about. It WILL get stained by the left over nail polish. Which I figured would happen so I wasn’t unprepared for it. Plus my bucket was already old and gross so I didn’t care if it got ruined.


When I Dip, We Dip, You Dip!

This craft was so so so easy.

  • Fill up your bucket with water. Enough to where you will have plenty of room to dip your cups.
  • Drizzle your nail polish on the surface of the water.

You can do any many colors as you want. I just did a back and forth pattern but it conjoined with all the lines around into a big blob. So if you want more of a marbling try to spread it out.

Please forgive the following photo for the old bucket but I still wanted to give you a visual of what I did.

nail polish in water

Then simply dip your cup. Once you’ve started dipping try not to come back up until you’re done. I spilled a bit on the inside. Thankfully no ink got in so I was lucky there. However if I was able to wipe it away quick enough I’m sure I could get away with it not staining.

dipping mug

You can see I have ink all over my hands from holding the handle. I learned to just use my fingertips around the lip of the cup. that way the handle can get some paint too and I can go further down with the mug.

I was mainly just playing around with it and wanted to see the patterns I got. I got some neat ones I think! I was actually very happy with how it turned out! Very surprised with how easy it was. I even took the all black one and dipped some blue on it afterwards.

It looks really neat in my opinion and could very easily be given as a gift. If you had a Cricut you could spice it up even more with a personalized vinyl cutout. If you don’t have a Cricut then you could always buy a customized vinyl sticker on Etsy for cheap.

final product


If you would like to see other dollar store gift ideas then please see below for some quick and easy ideas!

Dollar Store Movie Gift Idea

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