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…


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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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  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!


  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

  15. Looking forward to trying this myself. I’m wondering if it chips easily just like on nails. I was thinking of designing accessories and I hope the nail polish will not peel off that easily. The accessories are going to be a giveaway. Probably using top coat will help resolve the issue?

  16. shilpa chakrabarti

    Awesome ideas!! Please keep posting your craft ideas.

  17. Debra Veda Weeden

    Hi I enjoyed reading your post and I have found some wonderful ideas for me to try thanks for posting it take care of yourself and I look forward to reading your new posts Debra Veda

  18. I use nail polish to paint pop bottles instead of sharpies, then I get a bigger selection of colors and a shiny finish.
    Works on pop cans to. I have great color for my butterflies, beautiful.

  19. Very nice ideas from nail polish. I liked the post.

  20. You are so creative and I really appreciate you passing on your ideas. I’ve done a couple nail polish crafts, but you go beyond.Thanks so much.

  21. You are so creative and I really appreciate you passing on your ideas to us. I love these. Thanks so much!

  22. bobet the destroyer

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

    • 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.

  23. Adeoye Oloruntobi

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

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