Pinned and Tried: DIY Nail Wraps

October 7, 2014

I’ve spent my fair share of money over the past few years on nail decals from different brands. So when I found this pin with instructions on how to make your own nail wraps, I couldn’t contain my excitement. The site says all you need is a plastic bag, nail polish, tweezers, nail polish remover and a q-tip. When I learned there was no need to run out and purchase any additional items, I was hooked. These are all items that were just laying around my house. Paint a few thick coats of nail polish, in the general shape of a nail, onto a shiny surface like a plastic bag and wait for it to dry. That’s pretty much all there is to it. Easssssy peasssssy!

Since Halloween is around the corner, I decided it would be fun to create a spooky, spider-web, accent nail. I grabbed a freezer bag and went to town working on my design. Warning: the photos below may cause some fright – but only because my artistic abilities are pretty awful. Please don’t judge me. I’ll be needing some practice…

After an hour of letting the nail polish dry I was ready and eager to test them out.

I know eventually I will run into a pin that will not work. It is expected. But I was disappointed when my first attempt at creating nail wraps failed miserably. The polish stuck like a leech! I pried, pulled, peeled – tried everything I could to get these stubborn, bloody things off.  I ended up ripping the bag and butchering the designs I had spent so much time on. *Sigh*

But I refused to give up after just one try and came up with a Plan B – parchment paper (also something I had lying around the house). I was so happy and relieved when they pulled off the waxy surface with no problem at all.

I applied a thin coat of black polish to my nail first so the decal had an adhesive. Using my fingers, I pressed it down onto my nail, much like you would with a store-bought nail wrap. And then I used a Q-tip dipped in some varnish remover to clean the excess. A top coat applied over the top sealed the deal.

Now that I know it works, I will definitely focus a little more time into my design. I’m thinking something simple…like dots…will be a better option next time. But I am looking forward to getting creative and seeing what I can come up with.

This is a great, inexpensive way to dress up your nails for any event in the future. Create your own masterpiece. Experiment with shapes and techniques. Use colours of your favourite hockey or football team to show spirit as you cheer them on. Get festive for the holidays with Christmas themed nails. How about some hearts for Valentines Day? The possibilities are endless!


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