DIY Spotty Jars and Jewellery Dishes

May 9, 2013 | DIY

Mother’s Day is only a few days away now, and if you haven’t got Mum that perfect present yet, have I got a treat for you! :)

Please welcome Jasmine, a friend of mine and a fellow blogger who has put together this super cute and very easy DIY for you all! Jasmine’s blog, Scissors Paper Stone is so full of creative ideas, stories from her life, and even her secrets on where to find craft and baking supplies here in Singapore, so do drop by and say hi to her!

And now, the DIY – take it away Jasmine!

I really love DIYs that make use of items that I already have at home. This DIY uses nail polish and hole reinforcement stickers to create that polka dotted effect that we all love. The hardest part is probably deciding which ceramic or glass item is screaming for a new look!

All you need is:

Materials– hole reinforcement stickers
– nail polish
– glass jar or ceramic dish

So simple!

1. Stick the reinforcement stickers on the glass and make sure they are firmly stuck on.

2. Paint a coat of nail polish and leave it to dry. Paint a second coat if you would prefer a darker effect.

3. Once all the dots are painted, leave it to dry for a few hours. Once it is dry, carefully remove the reinforcement stickers.


And that’s it!

I’ve used it here as a sweet little vase, but you could also put a candle inside as a votive, or even store some pencils in it on your desk. And in case glass jars aren’t your thing, this technique also works on ceramics!

I just used a couple of plain white dishes to create some cute spotty catch-alls for around the house – they’re perfect for storing stationery or even as a jewellery dish on your nightstand! And in case you’re wanting to go a bit more bold – why not try gold nail polish on black!

The options are endless, try mixing and matching different nail polish colours (neon anyone?) and different sized jars and bowls.. and most of all, have fun with it!

And last but not least, some final notes:

– If you make a mistake, dip a cotton bud in nail polish remover and gently remove the nail polish and start again.
– Due to the toxic nature of nail polish, please do not use the finished item for serving food.


  1. Bianca

    I love this, Claire! So simple and effective – I can’t wait to give it a try!

  2. simple & awesome! love this DIY so much * guess there will be dots all over in my apartment right now – all the best julia

  3. Thanks for having me on your blog. I had a lot of fun with this DIY.

  4. I love polka dots and will definitely bookmark this pretty idea! Brilliant!

  5. Why haven’t I thought of this before? Absolutely gorgeous.

  6. This is just too cute!

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  8. Brilliant! Simple, quick, no fancy equipment. Your friend is one clever lady!

    x Elena @ Randomly Happy

  9. This is so simple yet pretty! Lovely idea!

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  11. kate

    great idea! and who doesn’t love dots!!

  12. Margot

    C’est adorable !

  13. I love this DIY:-) Tried it out and love it…simple but WOW!!

  14. Jeanne

    I just tried this! So easy and a great way to use up my old polish. Thanks for the fun weekend project!

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  16. So simple and easy to make, genius idea, many thanks for sharing :)

  17. I LOVE this – seriously, it’s so cute and easy – I’m totally going to be giving this one a go!

  18. So cute! And a great tutorial, nail varnish and hole stickers is a great method

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  20. such a simple but darling idea. love it !

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  22. This is perfect! I have sparkly gold nail polish, purchased for a NYE that I will never wear again. Quick, gimme something to spot! Thank you for this post! xx

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  26. brie

    So lovely and easy!
    Must say, I recently found your blog and it’s amazing!

  27. Pam

    Clever but so easy

  28. Amy G.

    This is such a cute idea!! I am just wondering if you need to put something over the nail polish like Mod Podge to prevent it from wearing off? I’m new to all this DIY crafting, and I want to make sure that I am doing it correctly! Thanks!!