Do-It-Yourself Snowflake Nail Art


Nail art takes practice, patience and precision. Do not expect to master this within five minutes. It can be easy or difficult, depending on the design you are looking to create, but because nails are a small surface to work on, you will need small tools to complete a snowflake or other nail art designs.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels, towel or newspaper
  • Any small, pointed tool with a hard surface: pencil, toothpick, metal nail file, etc. or nail art pen or nail art designer
  • Nail polish
  • Cotton balls
  • Nail polish remover

Do-It-Yourself Snowflake Nail Art

Step 1

Find a clean, flat surface to work that will not be damaged if nail polish or nail polish remover is spilled. Set down paper towels, towel or newspaper on the surface in case a spill happens. Set out the tools you plan to use along with nail polish and nail polish remover and cotton balls (loosen the caps on the bottles before you begin on your nails). Make sure your nails are clean and ready to work on. The following instructions are for painting on unpolished nails. You can enrich your design by first adding a base coat in a neutral or contrasting color and painting on your snowflake after the base coat has dried.

Step 2

Begin by dipping the tip of the tool into the nail polish. You should have just enough polish on the tool to cleanly draw a line on your nail, but not enough to drip. Steady the tool by holding it between your thumb and index finger and paint the opposite hand.

Step 3

First, draw an X on your nail, the middle of the X lying in the center of your nail. Give it 15 to 30 seconds to set, then draw a plus sign through the X. Allow the plus sign to set for the same amount of time. If you have a nail art pen or nail art designer, you can just draw these basic shapes on the nail.

Step 4

Add little details to the basic outline of the snowflake by drawing smaller lines onto the larger lines.

Step 5

Give the snowflake three minutes to dry. Paint a clear coat of nail polish over the snowflake to keep it from chipping off. Repeat on the rest of your nails, let the polish dry, then clean up your work area or any mistakes with cotton balls dipped in nail polish remover.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Look for a water-based nail art pen. You can clean up mistakes with a moistened cotton ball without damaging your base coat.


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