Nail Polish Flowers – Part One
Nail Polish Flowers – Part Two
Nail Polish Flowers – Part Three (You Are Here)

Creating with wire and nail polish

Now that you have learned how to make nail polish flowers using method 1 and method 2, it is time to see what you can use all these cute flowers for and see what designs are possible!

A nail polish flower formed into a ring

My number one suggested use for your new trinkets is jewelry:

  • Twist the stem into a circle and close off at the base of the flower for a cute summertime ring.
  • Trim the stem and make a loop, then string onto a chain for a flashy necklace.
  • Integrate a loop into your design to make pendants in all sorts of other shapes. Here is my geometric charms:

Geometric charms made with nail polish and wire

 

Now where there is jewelry, there is also hair accessories:

  • Hot glue or use wire to twist on a design to a head band. Just be sure not to make it so it snags your hair! OUCH!
  • Hot glue the design to a bobby pin or hair clip by the stem (or any non-polish part) for a dash of spring in your hair.

DIY butterfly headband

But I cannot leave it at just accessories, heck I don’t even wear that many accessories! So here are some other uses that you might not have thought about:

  • Wrap florists or painters green tape around the stems of several flowers and put into a vase for a “bouquet”
  • Join 3 or more stems and glue onto a notebook for a 3-d cover design
  • Use to decorate gift boxes, cards, etc.

Creating cute decor with nail polish and wire

Now, as mentioned in part two, the second method of making flowers gives you more opportunity to tinker and make shapes other than just flowers. It was with this method that I made my butterfly and charms. If you want to use this nail polish method for some other design, here are some tips:

Nail polish and wire flowers - DIY Tutorial

  1. Having two polished areas bordering on one piece of wire is difficult to manage. Paint the areas as separate pieces instead and then link them together with a smaller gauge of wire.
  2. You cannot have any moving parts within a polished area because this will cause breakage. Instead, add a section without polish that the moving parts can attach to like this bird’s wings:
  3. Minimize the number of crossed or wrapped wires inside the polished area. While it is possible to polish the area when there are crossed wires, it tends to be more difficult.

Nail polish and wire necklace

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Be sure to share what you create with any of the methods used in this tutorial.
I would love to see what you all come up with!

Nail Polish Flowers – Part Three
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4 thoughts on “Nail Polish Flowers – Part Three

  • January 13, 2016 at 12:51 pm
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    I tried this and have had some trouble with having them be really brittle and also holes forming when you try to add a top coat or glitter and the whole petal will just disappear have you had any problems?

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    • January 13, 2016 at 6:04 pm
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      My best advice it to make sure to let each coat dry thoroughly before adding another especially if adding glitter since those little bits are sharp. I definitely had trouble the first few times but over time you get used to the process. Keep trying and if you get REALLY stuck, trying doing a layer of glue (like Elmer’s glue) first as a base. While not necessary to make it work, it does simplify things by providing a stronger base.

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  • February 4, 2017 at 5:25 pm
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    Also with a final coat, dribble a “glob” at the end (at center of flower) and let it run over the petal by moving the flowee at different angles

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