I tried using household items to do nail art… and it will blow your mind

I always love a fresh set of nails. Glitter, sequins, dots – you name it, I love to slap it on the claws. My nails aren’t even very long, but it just makes me happy to be typing away on my phone and see some awesome nails staring back at me.


It’s the little things in life, right?

So I started thinking – hey. Maybe there’s some hack to use whatever I can find on my nails to make some awesome art. Better yet, as someone who is an absolute nail rookie and has the least artistic skill EVER, the challenge could be even bigger.

Challenge accepted.

I started with something that seems to be everywhere in the house – a bobby pin. That’s right, the bad boy hair accessory that you buy 1 million of a year, because they all go missing. (WHERE DO THEY GO?!)

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I began with a layer of dashing hot pink on my pinky, and grabbed a white nail varnish to do some dots with the end of the bobby pin. Now, it really was THAT simple – just dotted here and there to make a flower shape, and the results were FAB. You could try in a variety of different colours, shapes, anything – but let it not be said that the bobby pin is just for hair. I was off to a good start.

Next, I saw across the room an elastic band. Now I think probably most households has one of these lying around, so I decided that this would be my new artistic piece. I put it round my thumb (carefully – and not too tight!) to leave a nice pattern as I painted over it.


As you can see, this method is absolute garbage.


Moving swiftly on, I found a purple Crayola pen. I started colouring in diagonals, getting this weird effect that looked kind of… cool. I then let this dry and covered it with a top coat – and I must say, the results were the best yet. MIND BLOWING. A CRAYOLA!



As you might see, I also used some sello-tape diagonally placed on my middle finger to create a strong line, and painted it with glittery nail varnish. After removing the tape, it looked UH-MAY-ZING. Mind. Blown. AGAIN! A completely perfect straight line between glitter nail polish and regular polish – and all with a bit of tape.


The last idea involved whipping a bit of tin foil onto a wet nail and and covering it again with a top coat. It was moderate – if you are artistic and have the patience to create some super cool shapes, it might be good. For me, the amount of top coat I had to use started lifting my nail (see below – LOL.) Here’s all three of them:

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It’s got to be said – although some went wrong, others looked fantastic. Next time you’re thinking about getting your nails done, think again – you could save a few quid just using weird items round your house.


Have you ever tried doing nail art with stuff you find round the house? Grabbed some sequins off your sisters clothes to put on your nail? Do let us know at @maximumpop!

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