How to Make DIY Plastic Nails Out of a Soda Bottle

by RoseDIY13
8 Materials
15 Minutes

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make fake nails that look real with plastic. The finished nails look very realistic and are a great money-saving way to make fake nails as they are much cheaper than store-bought ones. In fact, if you already have a plastic bottle, they are basically free to make. Follow along as I take you through step-by-step how to make DIY plastic nails.

Tools and materials:

  • Plastic bottle
  • Knife
  • Scissors
  • Rubber band
  • Cup
  • Nail file
  • Nail glue
  • Nail polish
Removing the label from the plastic bottle

1. Remove the label

Start by taking a plastic bottle and removing the label from it. Wash away any sticky residue.

Cutting the plastic bottle

2. Cut the plastic

Proceed to cut the bottle to remove the top part from it. When cutting, it is easiest to start with a knife and then continue with scissors. Cut off a section of plastic.

Rolling the plastic

3. Roll the plastic

Roll the plastic and wrap it with a rubber band to hold it together

Soaking the plastic in hot water

4. Soak

Soak the rolled-up plastic in hot water for 1 minute; this will help to soften the plastic. Once done, use a pair of scissors or tweezers to help you remove it from the water and dry it off with a paper towel.

Shaping the plastic piece to fit the nail

5. Cut 

Cut and shape the plastic so that it is the size of your nail. 

Filing the plastic nail

6. File

Then curve the bottom edges slightly with the scissors so that the plastic fits the shape of your nail. Proceed to file the sides to get rid of any sharp edges.

How to make DIY fake nails with a plastic bottle

7. Cut

Next, cut the nails to your desired length.

Applying nail glue

8. Apply the nail

To apply the plastic nail, stick nail glue on your nail and place the plastic nail on top, and press it down for a bit so that it adheres nicely.

Applying nail polish

9. Apply nail polish

The final step is to apply nail polish. Then simply repeat the process for all of your other nails.

DIY plastic nails

DIY plastic nails

Here we have our finished DIY fake nail made from plastic, and just from looking at it, you would never be able to tell that it was made from plastic.

This is such an easy DIY to do, and these fake nails cost only a fraction of what fake nails would cost in a store. I hope you’ll try it out! 

Suggested materials:
  • Plastic bottle
  • Knife
  • Scissors
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  • Cheri Tanner Cheri Tanner on Aug 20, 2022

    Very clever and doable except you can never be around fire or heat(kitchens, cooking). Plastic melts!!!

  • CMHolt CMHolt on Aug 28, 2022

    Acrylic nails are flammable too(speaking from experience🙂)