WATCH: How to make marble mugs perfect for market day

Bashiera Parker

Many schools introduce entrepreneurial skills development from a very young age. These skills include emotional intelligence and risk taking, as well as resilience and even creativity.

From as early as preschool, children are taught to familiarise themselves with their target audience, analyse data and work out their costs so that they can budget accordingly. It’s just disguised as the always exciting and fun-filled market day. And yes, the little ones' parents do all the work but at least they get exposure to the process.

Your child may be looking for things to make and sell at their upcoming market day. Here at Parent24 we’ve got loads of ideas to get them started. Our latest DIY shows you how to make marbled mugs – so easy and so impressive! Watch the video and read the tips and tricks below. And if you scroll down a little further, we’ve put together a list of ideas from cupcakes and DIY bath bombs to Oreo pops, to name a few.


  • Kebab sticks
  • Plain white mug
  • Container with water
  • Nail polish
  • Toothpick
  • Decoupage glue
  • Paint brush

Tips and tricks

  • You can use any colour nail polish you’d like to create the marble effect. We felt that the brighter the colour, the better the marble effect. In sparse areas you might not see the marble – it sort of fades a little too much into the cup.
  • After your nail polish is dropped into your water, swirl it with a toothpick. While this isn’t a must, it creates pockets of colour that results in varied textures on the mug.
  • You need to move quite quickly! If you leave the nail polish in the water for too long, it forms a layer of skin that will transfer onto your mug.
  • You don’t necessarily have to use kebab- or chopsticks to let your mug dry. We would however suggest you don’t use a rack or newspaper as the nail polish will stick to these, whereas the sticks will absorb the water.
  • You don’t have to coat your mug in decoupage glue (modge podge), but this will ensure that the effect lasts a little longer. It also protects it should you put it in the dishwasher after you’ve enjoyed a good cup, ahem, of tea.

Here are a few other market day ideas for the kids to try out:

Make these marble mugs at home and let us know how they come out! Send your comments and pictures to and we just share them with our readers. 

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