How to Make Fake Nails Out of Nail Polish & Paper in 7 Simple Steps

by RoseDIY13
3 Materials
20 Minutes

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make fake nails out of nail polish. If you’ve been wanting fake nails but don’t want to pay to have them done and press-ons just aren’t working for you, then these DIY fake nails are for you.

So, to learn how to make fake nails at home, keep reading, and let’s get started.

Tools and materials:

  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • Nail polish
Cutting a piece of paper with scissors

1. Cut the paper

Get a piece of paper and cut it into strips big enough to cover your nails.

Use the first strip you cut as a guide for the following ones so each strip is roughly the same size. You’ll need two strips to make one nail.

I recommend using paper that is a bit thicker, like cardstock, as you’ll have a hard time making nails out of flimsy, letter paper.

Cutting a nail shape out of paper

2. Cut your strips into the shape of a nail

Before you start shaping, fold your strip in half. This is going to make a thicker and stronger nail. Then use scissors to cut them into the shape of a nail. 

Creating a curve in the paper using scissors

3. Create a curve in the nail

To mimic the natural curve of a nail, lay the paper nail into the fold of your palm and indent the curve with a pair of scissors.

Sticking the paper together using nail polish

4. Stick the folded nail sides together

Open the folded nail and apply nail polish to the surface of one nail. Close it back up and press it firmly to get the two pieces to stick together.

Layering nail polish and paper

5. Attach another nail to the first nail

Apply nail polish to the nail again, but this time add a different strip to the nail. Allow it to dry and harden in a curved shape. 

Applying nail polish to nails

6. Attach paper nail to your own nail

Apply nail polish to your own nails. 

How to make fake nails at home out of paper

This is going to act as a sticking agent, so as soon as your nail is covered, apply the fake nail while it’s still wet.

DIY how to make fake nails with paper

7. Apply nail polish

Apply nail polish to the front and back of the attached, paper nail for a more natural look, and let it dry. 

How to make fake nails out of nail polish and paper

Here’s the finished nail!

How to make fake nails out of nail polish & paper

Now you know how to make fake nails, you can go off and make more of your own! These nails are great for people who struggle to find good press-ons that match the size of your nail and are in your desired shape.

You can style these however you want and choose different colors of paper depending on the style you want. You can even print out designs on the appropriate kind of paper!

How to make fake nails out of nail polish is easier than you think, right? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! 

Suggested materials:
  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • Nail polish

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2 of 12 comments

    You can’t wash your hands correct?

  • Lauren Lauren on Apr 25, 2022

    cute and fun for little girls.