Beginner Step-by-step Tutorial: How to DIY Acrylic Nails at Home

by RoseDIY13
5 Materials
1 Hour

I have two questions for you: Do you like wearing fake nails, but find it expensive? Do you ever drink soda from plastic bottles?

These may seem like totally unrelated questions to you, but they’re not! In this tutorial, I will give you step-by-step instructions to easily make your own fake nails out of empty plastic soda bottles.

These clear fake nails look so natural, you’ll fool everybody. And best of all, they won’t cost you a penny!

Ready to see and learn the magic? Then let’s get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Empty, clean, plastic soda bottles
  • Sharp knife
  • Scissors
  • Nail adhesive
  • Nail polish
Cutting soda bottle

1. Make false nails from plastic bottles

Remove the label from a clean, empty plastic soda bottle and use a sharp knife to cut the plastic bottle in half.

Cutting soda bottle

Use scissors to trim off the top of the bottle.

Cutting soda bottle

It is this middle, clear, straight tube section that you will use to make your false nails.

Fitting plastic

Cut open the tube along one side and roll the plastic into a tighter tube.

Fitting plastic

Roll it until it fits snugly over your fingernail.

Fitting plastic

Continue trimming the plastic until it resembles the size and shape of a false nail.

Applying DIY false nail

2. Apply your false nails

Apply nail adhesive to your natural nail.

Applying DIY false nail

Peel off the outer layer of the adhesive.

Applying DIY false nail

Now apply your homemade false nail over the nail adhesive.

Applying nail polish

3. Polish your nails

Apply your choice of nail polish to your homemade false nails.

Applying nail polish

Beginner step-by-step DIY acrylic nails at home

All done! Could anyone ever tell that these gorgeous nails started off as soda bottles?

I’d say, don’t tell anyone, but this is such a great hack for making your own false nails that you’re going to want to tell everyone! 

So go ahead and share the secret to making clear, natural-looking fake nails.

Then post a comment to let me know how you liked this DIY fake nail tutorial, and how yours turned out!

For more DIY nail content, check out my post on How to Take Gel Nail Polish Off.

Suggested materials:
  • Empty, clean, plastic soda bottles
  • Sharp knife
  • Scissors
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  • Lisa Lisa on Mar 01, 2023

    Great idea for my daughter who wears fake nails all the time. Great to make some ahead for those accidental moments. 😊

  • Carol Schroeder Carol Schroeder on Mar 02, 2023

    Just wondering if after I get the plastic bottle naile on can I put the nail press on sheets on them instead of polishing