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August 7, 2011

Beauty Behaved had asked how I was doing the flowers in the nails, so here’s a quick breakdown — it’s really not difficult at all, and a great effect.  I know a lot of people use glue to get this done but a lifetime of crafting has taught me many things, one of which is that I’m horrrrrrible with glue.  It’s just catastrophe in a bottle/stick for me, so I use the naturally tacky-glueness of a topcoat to get the job done.

The flowers are all pre-packed dried ones that you can find everywhere (a whole bunch of examples here, though I’ve never directly ordered anything from this site).  You could just as easily pick and use your own too though!

dried flowers

And for the topcoat, instead of using the standard quick-dry SV, I use the CND Super Shiney; it can be applied to go on really thick, has a good shine to it, and dries sloooooowly, which is perfect for this.

nail topcoat

After applying a 3-coat base (in hindsight should have used something that was good in 1 coat so there was less buildup overall, I just like the blue) of love & beauty Sky Blue, I added a clear topcoat of the CND.  Immediately after I dropped the flowers on the nail where I wanted them to go so the center was affixed into the topcoat but the rest still all flayed out.

flower nail art

Once the topcoat dried to a sort of tackiness, I went back and pressed the petals down into the polish.  It doesn’t matter much if you leave your fingerprints on the nail since you’re covering it up again anyway, so feel free to just press down (without smudging the polish underneath of course).

flowers on nails

Repeat with another topcoat.  Once that starts drying you can pick off the extra bits of flower on the nail that aren’t covered in polish, and press down any bits that are still trying top pop up.

real flower nails

One more topcoat (you can use SV for this one) and you’re set!

flower nails

11 Responses

  1. YAY! im sooo stoked you did this!!!
    i will be attempting this soon, hopefully it comes out bomb like yours always are!
    this is gorgeous!

    <3 BB

  2. the nerd says:

    GOOD LUCK, I’m sure it’ll be lovely and can’t wait to see pics!

  3. Heidi says:

    Did these yellow ones start to turn brown after a few days. I tried this with the other type of little dried flowers and mine turned brown, I don’t know what I did wrong.

  4. the nerd says:

    Hmmm what colors were the flowers? The turning brown makes me think there was some moisture involved somewhere that started to break down the flowers…

  5. Heidi says:

    They were yellow. I think maybe I used a bad top coat or something. I’m gonna try again and see what happens though.

  6. the nerd says:

    Well bummer, that sucks! Maybe if you work fast with a quick dry it’ll wick out any moisture quickly (like how SV gets all ripply when you overdo it, constricting as it dries). Good luck, let me know how it goes!

  7. i love reading your how to’s :D and the how to do roses helped me a lot!!

  8. Kayla says:

    This is soo Cute! :) Simple, and ready for a HOT spring day! LOL thanks!

  9. Annika Hanson says:

    Did you see the idea I sent you?

  10. Tiffany says:

    So I have been wanting to do this look for a few months, ever since I first saw it on here. And yay, yesterday my husband finally bought me the dried flowers. So my nails are gorgeous, I love how they turned out. I’m going to show you but seriously they look so much better in person, just so you know.

  11. Tiffany says:

    Okay so I guess that didn’t work….. :[

    So, will you just go to this link? :]


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