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May 25, 2012

DIY Stenciled Toenails


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Here's a quick, fun project just in time for sandal season and showing off pretty painted toes. Last month, I had fun with a campaign where I got to play around with a huge box of Martha Stewart's new line of craft supplies to create a Mother's Day gift.

One of the stencils Plaid sent me were these cool reusable adhesive ones with tiny little flowers and patterns on them. What could I use them on? Candleholders, glasses, jars, for sure. What about my toenails? (Not sure what Martha would think...)

 I reminisced back to my junior high days of painting bright polka dots and stripes on my nails and I decided I wasn't too old for fun, colorful nails. So, I bought favorite colors together-yellow and gray and try this little experiment.

And guess what? It worked out great and was so easy to do-not to mention so much cheaper than nail stickers or airbrushed ones. And, it's pretty handy that the stencils can be reused over and over again.

Here's how I did it:

First, I painted my base color-I chose a concrete gray.


I allowed to dry completely.


Then, I pressed the adhesive stencil onto my toenail where I wanted the pattern to be.


I wiped off the extra polish, then dabbed my second color, pale yellow onto the top of the stencil completely filling in all the holes.


Finally, I carefully pulled off my stencil to reveal the pattern.


(I didn't even have to wipe off the stencil each time or wait for anything to dry before removing the stencil.)







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So, there you have your easy, cute, colorful DIY stenciled nails. Thanks, Martha Stewart crafts for making it happen!



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11 comments:

  1. What a great idea! I have some of those adhesive stencils too... now I now what I'm going to try!

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    1. Thanks, Kim-have fun with it! I've already done a second pattern in different colors-nice since they're reuseable!

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  2. They turned out super-cute!

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    1. Thanks, Tam! I'm on my second design now and they're holding up great!

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  3. Awesome! Never knew about those. Your nails turned out great!

    http://fitcraftystylishandhappy.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks, Cassidy-there are a few fun adhesive stencils to choose from at the craft stores :)

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  4. So cute!

    I hope Martha does get to see this...I bet she'd be tickled with the creativity :)

    ♥ Bethany

    www.happyhomemaker.me

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    1. Thanks, Bethany-Well I admit I'd be thrilled if she saw and liked them!

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  5. I love it! I got to find some of those! My daughter always asks me to create fun designs on her nails, and this sure is an easy way!

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    1. Thanks, Cristina! there are a few cute styles to choose from in the Martha Stewart section of craft stores-it would be fun for mom and daughters for sure!

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  6. Love this! The perfect way to get a flawless image!

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