How to Make Fake Nails at Home With a Plastic Bottle

by RoseDIY13
8 Materials
25 Minutes

In this DIY, I’m going to show you how to make fake nails at home with a plastic bottle. I love doing my nails, and this DIY is a great hack to get luscious long nails that come without the price tag that store-bought ones do.

All you need is a plastic bottle and a few other simple tools, and you’re ready to begin.

Tools and materials:

  • Plastic bottle
  • Scissors
  • Rubber band
  • Cup
  • Paper towel
  • Nail file
  • Nail adhesive
  • Nail polish
Cutting open the plastic bottle

1. Cut a bottle

Cut the plastic bottle just above the label.

Cutting the plastic bottle

Take the second part of the bottle, make a cut down the label and proceed to cut around the bottom of it. 

How to make fake nails at home with plastic

Cut a strip of plastic widthways from the piece you now have and remove the label.

Making plastic bottle fake nails

2. Roll and tie

Next, roll and tie this piece with a rubber band.

How to make fake nails out of plastic

3. Soak in water

Pour hot water into a cup. Soak the rolled plastic for one minute and then take it out. 

Making DIY fake nails with plastic bottles

4. Cut the plastic

Wipe it to dry, and then cut the plastic widthways to get a strip that is slightly larger than the width of your nail.

Trimming the fake nail to size

5. Trim to size

Measure the nail size and cut the plastic to your desired shape, width and length.

Filing the sharp edges of the fake nail

6. File

File all sides to avoid sharp edges

Attaching the nail with nail adhesive stickers

7. Apply to nail

Take some nail adhesive, stick it onto your nail, and apply the DIY fake nail.

Applying yellow nail polish to the fake nail

8. Apply nail polish

Next, apply nail polish. Repeat the process for all of your other nails, and then you’re done!

How to make fake nails at home with a plastic bottle

How to make fake nails at home with a plastic bottle

Here is the finished DIY fake nail made from a plastic bottle. The nails feel super strong and sturdy, and when they’re coated in polish they look very realistic; no one can tell that they’re made from plastic.

Give this DIY a try, and let me know how you think they compare to other fake nails!

Suggested materials:
  • Plastic bottle
  • Scissors
  • Rubber band
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  • Beth Davis Beth Davis on Apr 21, 2022

    what a great money-saving idea. how long does the polish hold up on these?

  • Biwako Biwako on Apr 22, 2022

    That looks so interesting! You are very innovative and your nails are beautiful. Being old, I may not want long spectacular nails, but your idea would be great for any time when one of my nails has been damaged and I need to protect it (and keep my clothes from snagging!)

    I am wondering why you seemed to be removing the new nail towards the end of the video. Just showing how it is possible? (I have no experience with false nails.) Also, whether or not these new nails will stand up to repeated applications of nail polish remover and new polish.