easy bobby pin nails

easy dots with bobby pins

This post is for all you girls out there that think you could never do your own cute nail art.  It’s easier than you think!  For this fun dot manicure all you need is a few nail polishes, and a bobby pin or two!

blue dots nails

♥ Start with a base coat.  I like to use a nail strengthener like Sally Hansen Maximum Growth or OPI Nail Envy.

♥ Then paint all your nails in a solid color.  I like to use the darkest color for this.  It creates a cool 3-d effect later when you add lighter dots over top.  I used a nice medium blue cream as my base color.

♥ Pick a color for your dots and dab a few drops of it onto your work surface (a piece of paper or magazine would work).  Then unbend a bobby pin so it’s sort of straightened out, and then dip the tip of it into your drops of polish.  You’ll use this as your handy dandy dotting tool!

♥ I find it easiest to start by making the middle row of dots first (yellow in my case).  Then I work on building up rows above and below it in complementary colors.  My patterns come out more uniform that way.   You can wipe off your bobby pin in between color changes, or just use a new one if you have a zillion of them.

♥ I like to wait a good ten minutes of dry-time before applying topcoat.  You wouldn’t want to smear your fresh dots!  My favorite topcoat is Seche Vite.  If you’ve never tried it, you need to because it makes your manicure dry in just a few minutes.  It will change your life.. and I really mean it!!

blue dotticure

What other household items can you use to make nail art?  I’ve used toothpicks before, but I’m sure there’s a bunch of other cool ideas that I’ve never even thought of!  I’d like to hear what crafty stuff you’ve found around your house!

bobby pin nails

nail dotting using bobby pins!

green dots

I have seen some great nail designs that were created using dotting tools…. but waaah I don’t own dotting tools.  (If you scroll down on this website you’ll find an awesome gallery of dotted designs: Chalkboard Nail Contest) I was inspired to try out some designs on my own…but had to figure out what items I had around the house that would make perfect little dots.  It turns out that BOBBY PINS do the trick!

To create my design I started with a few basecoats of OPI Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine! Which is a dark olive gray color from the new opi germany fall collection 2012.  I had this color on for almost a week when I decided to spice it up with some dots.  To create the design I unbent some bobby pins so they were straight.  I placed a few dots of nail polish on a piece of cardstock… and then dipped the very end of the bobby pin into the color.  Then you simply dot the polish onto your nail. I used a few different green shades, so I used a different bobby pin for each color.  I like the final result!  Don’t forget a topcoat to smooth it all out…