I’ve probably had my nails done professionally 10 time in my entire life. Every time I get them done, I always end up with hang nails. I figure if it’s going to happen anyway, I’d rather do them myself.
Lately I’ve been interested in different types of nail art. I’m not sure where I originally saw this DIY tut, but ever since, it’s been my go to process when I want to take my nails up a level.
For the designs, you need a color laser printer. Laser. Not ink jet. I have access to one at work and decided to print a full sheet of designs that would last me for a while. Finding images was a piece of cake on Google. I think I searched for ‘retro desktop wallpapers’ and ‘fabric design patterns’. I also checked out a couple of fabric design websites. Calico Corners is pretty awesome and where I found a lot of the designs I printed.
DIY Nail Art
- Nail polish (neutral color or white)
- Cotton balls/pads
- Color laser printed designs
- Top coat
- For the best results, measure your nails and cut out the designs. Set them aside.
- Pour a little alcohol in a small container.
- Polish nails and allow them to dry completely.
- Coat your dry nails with alcohol. You want them wet so the design sticks.
- Lay the design, printed side down, on your nail. Saturate with the alcohol cotton ball/pad.
- Allow the paper to dry. Peel it off carefully. Add a little water to your nail and rub off any remaining bits of paper.
- Apply a top coat to protect the design.