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Simple Nail Design: Flower Tutorial

Nail  |  September 19th 2011  |  0 Comment

flower nails

A couple weeks ago, I featured Megan’s Newspaper Nails tutorial, a simple nail design idea using a transferred image from newspaper. You really enjoyed the idea, so I invited Megan to create another tutorial exclusively for Dollar Store Crafts! Today she’s going to teach us how to make a simple flower fingernail. You can often find nail polish supplies at the dollar store, from nail files and emery boards to nail polish and top coats.

Flower Nail Polish Tutorial

A simple flower is a very popular design when you got to the nail salon, but did you know you can easily make a flower design on your nails yourself? It’s quick, easy and looks great!

You will need the following:

  • Base coat ( I used CND Stickey )
  • Nail polish of your choice ( Essie’s Exotic )
  • White nail polish ( Art Club 01 White )
  • Top Coat ( Sally Hansen Mega Shine )
  • Bobby Pin
  • Toothpick
  • Scrap piece of paper
  • Silver glitter polish or rhinestone

simple flower finger nail design

How to make the flower:

  1. Apply a base coat – This step is crucial to ensure that your nail polish won’t chip, stain your nails, or peel off when its dry. For best results, apply a thin and even coat. Allow to dry for 2 minutes.
  2. Choose a nail polish. Any nail polish will work for this design, as long as white is able to show up on it. I used a raspberry pink color, which I have found makes the flower really pop.  Blues, greens, pinks, and purples would look exceptionally good with this design.
  3. Drop a small amount of nail polish onto the piece of scrap paper. This step is pretty self-explanatory.Start off by using a small piece of scrap paper and simply drop a pea sized amount of white nail polish onto the paper.
  4. Begin the design. As you can see from the pictures, I used the end of a bobby pin to create the 4 dots. I started by dipping the round end of the bobby pin, into the white. I then, made a small dot on the left side of my nail. Dip the pin back into the white, and repeat, this time make a dot right across from the previous one, then one underneath, and one beside it.Make sure to evenly space the dots.  When your done doing this, it should almost look like a square.
  5. Create the flower. Anything from a toothpick, to a pin, to a ballpoint pen will work for this step. Once the dots have gotten slightly tacky ( 10-15 seconds ), put the tip of the toothpick into the center of your first dot, and carefully drag it into the middle of the 4 dots. Repeat with the other 3 dots until you have created what looks like a flower.
  6. Add a decorative center. I used a small rhinestone for this step, but silver glitter polish or another color will work also. If you are using a rhinestone, dab a little bit of topcoat into the center and place the rhinestone down. Otherwise, just dab your glitter into the middle of your flower.
  7. Use a topcoat. To finish off the design, apply your favorite topcoat. This will help seal in the design and prevent the rhinestone from coming off.

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