The Best Nail Polish Crafts

Got old, colorful nail polish? Craft with it! These fun nail polish crafts are easy, doable, and a great way to use up the polish you don’t wear. (note: post contains affiliate links)

14 cool and functional nail polish crafts! These quick and easy crafts are perfect crafts for teens, or for when you're short on time and all use a common ingredient: nail polish!

 

Nail polish has been my favorite unconventional craft supply for a while now. I always have colors that I did not end up liking, or older polishes that are too thick to really use. I also love getting fun colors on the cheap from inexpensive brands.

 

If you’re just getting started with nail polish crafts, start with your collection, and add in a multi-pack of colors to have handy. Some nail polish crafts require special polishes. For example, some will call for a crackle effect, some a glitter. But having a rainbow of colors handy will definitely jump start you for most of these. For effects, go for a brand you trust. For solids, use up the cheap brands that you didn’t like!

 
Check out the video and scroll down for more ideas:

 


 
 

14 Fun Nail Polish Crafts:

 

1. Get crafty in the kitchen with these enameled teaspoons. What a lovely hostess or housewarming gift!

 

 

2. These neon chain earrings by A Splendid Assemblage are genius and chic! Jewelry making skills involved are very basic and the result is awesome.

 

14 Awesome Nail Polish Crafts | Crafts for teens

 

3. Color code your keys wiht a fun idea from A Bubbly Life:

 

14 Awesome Nail Polish Crafts | Crafts for teens

 

4. Crafting Ireland teaches how to make versatile enamel dots as used in this pretty card.

 

14 Awesome Nail Polish Crafts | Crafts for teens

 

 

 

5. Upgrade sunglasses to mimic a designer pair in a simple craft by Real Girl Runway. I can see any teen or tween digging this one!

 

14 Awesome Nail Polish Crafts | Crafts for teens

 

6. The possibilities are endless for these mini sunglasses charms! You can adapt it as a pair of shades for your child’s favorite Barbie-style doll too!

 

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7. Glitter Magnets by Baby Loving Mama are another easy and functional craft your tween will love!

 

14 Awesome Nail Polish Crafts | Crafts for teens

 

8. Make faux gemstone beads and then turn them into fun wrap bracelets with an easy and trendy tutorial!

 

DIY wrap bracelets

 

9. This is one on the top of my to-do list! Make these color blocked stud earrings by In Honor of Design in minutes!

 

14 Awesome Nail Polish Crafts | Crafts for teens

 

10. Funky and fun seashell earrings use nail polish in a surprising way! (Hint: it’s not used a a paint in this case).

 

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11. If you can create art on nails, why not make it on canvas? This art canvas by Inner Child Fun can star in the perfect gallery wall.

 

14 Awesome Nail Polish Crafts | Crafts for teens

 

12. Make these color blocked bobby pins by  The Thinking Closet on the quick and cheap! Stack ’em up and give ’em to friends!

 

 

13. Nail polish makes for a hard-wearing and durable paint on this painted vase craft!

 

DIY Painted Glass Vase

 

14. I was always a big fan of these washer necklaces by Sunhats and Wellie Boots. Make a bunch, wear a few at once, and give them out to friends.

 

 

 

Bonus: Make these adorable custom pencils for back to school, by Arts and Crackers. Click the image for the full tutorial.

 

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The possibilities for nail polish crafts are endless! Treat it as a hard-wearing paint and a topcoat varnish and you’ll come up with your own ideas.

 

But wait – there’s more! Click here for a new amazing list of nail polish crafts. You’ll get a whole new batch of great ideas.

15 more cool and functional nail polish crafts! These quick and easy crafts are perfect crafts for teens and tweens, or for when you're short on time and all use a common ingredient: nail polish!

 

I hope you enjoyed this list! Stay tuned for more like this…

 

 

14 cool and functional nail polish crafts! These quick and easy crafts are perfect crafts for teens, or for when you're short on time and all use a common ingredient: nail polish!

 

 

What nail polish craft ideas can you add to the list? Comment below!

 

Want more? Check up my follow-up post – featuring NAIL POLISH HACKS – alternative ways to use your nail polish (other than crafting).

 

Looking for more uses for nail polish. Check out these 12 GENIUS NAIL POLISH HACKS! These life tips offer solutions to everyday problems!

 

 
 

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23 Comments

  1. So honored to have my color-blocked bobbies included in this awesome mix! You betcha I pinned it!

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  3. Love this list! We have a few more nailpolish ideas/ tutorials on our blog. We have quite a few, but here is one as an example!

    Thanks!

  4. put a few drops of nail polish Into a cup of water, and stick in anything u want!it will create a snazzy water watercolor effect that will blow people away!

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  6. I love these so much!! I think I’ll need to update a pair of sunglasses I don’t like. I was going to toss them out or give them away, but if I can salvage them that’s even better! Thanks for including my pencils!!

  7. Neat ideas! I’ve tried the key one. I’ll have to try out some of the other ideas here.

  8. Last year for Christmas I painted some small flat rocks with old nail polish as a gift for my sisters. Just add a name or phrase with sharpie, maybe a small sticker or two and spray it with a sealer. And presto! A fairly cheap little gift everyone seems to love.

  9. Use clear to seal a tiny decopage earring – drip onto a card [hold card vertical and drip polish, it will run down like in streams — faded draw pulls , shine like new with a coat of clear – miniature makers, use over signs to make them shine – use polish to stipple through a stencil which makes it shinny and bright – edge up a paper stencil to toughen up and give more use [after polish dries, trim up the edges]

  10. I love this I put it on my board you are so creative

  11. This was great incentive to round up all of the old nail polish and start a new project. We will be decorating pencils this weekend.

    – Kelly

  12. Hey Menucha….can I have membership with you……I am quite creative?

  13. These are great ideas. I just used some silver nail polish to create my own look on a flex fit bit band.

  14. Wow is there nothing that cannot be re-cycled. Such fun., You can also use your nail varnishes to colour clear plastic projects. Gives the effect of Stained Glass.
    Love this

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