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The Best Nail Polish Crafts

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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. I love finding new, unique things to make with stuff I already have and this is one of my favorite “unusual supplies!”  (note: post contains affiliate links)

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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 with 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!



7. Glitter Magnets by Finding Zest 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).



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.




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…


Want to learn how to make jewelry out of anything (including nail polish!?) Get the book!


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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Thursday 25th of February 2021

Maybe you can add this idea: Marbling mugs by puting some drops of nailpolish in water. You can google for it and find many options.


Saturday 24th of October 2020

I did the earrings that was so fun me and my best friend

Menucha @ Moms & Crafters

Saturday 24th of October 2020

Hi Ellie, I'm so glad you enjoyed!

patti l winterrod

Wednesday 15th of July 2020

i have used nail polish to decorate plain rocks. i used diffrent colors and they turned out great.

Adeoye Oloruntobi

Monday 25th of May 2020

Wow this is a beautiful craft ideas. Please can this nail polish be used on glitter tumblers?

Menucha @ Moms & Crafters

Monday 25th of May 2020

Honestly, I've never tried it. I don't see why not, however, you'll need a lot to complete a tumbler, it does work best on smoother surfaces.

bobet the destroyer

Wednesday 6th of May 2020

what if the nail polish comes off and gets in your hair?

Menucha @ Moms & Crafters

Thursday 7th of May 2020

Hi! You only use it dry. If a little flakes gradually, I wouldn't worry, Any painted hair accessory chips. It's actually very hard-wearing. Your nail polish on your fingers is less so because of the constant abuse it gets.