C.R.A.F.T. # 82: Tie Dye Nails {nail design} {marble nails}

Need a fun summer activity?  Try tye dying your nails!
Nail design
  • glass bowl
  • room temperature water
  • toothpick
  • a few nail polish colors
  • tape
  • nail polish remover
First, paint your nails a base coat. Then, tape around your nails the best you can. Annie used clear tape so it is hard to see!
Nail design


This process needs to be done quickly to avoid letting the nail polish dry. Fill your bowl up 3/4 of the way with water and drop your nail polish in a bulls eye pattern.

Nail design
Continue until you have 6- 12 circles in your bulls eye.  Nail design
Nail design

Quickly (you don’t want the nail polish to dry) place your nail, palm up and dip it into the center of the bulls eye.


You have to repeat the above steps (yes, a new nail polish bulls eye!) for each nail. 

Nail design

Use nail polish remover to clean up around your nails…or take a hot shower and peel the paint off with your fingers!


Tie Dye Nails
and if you still need help check out this you tube video:

PS:  These are Annie’s pictures and awesome nails, not mine.


PPS: Do you have a favorite summer nail color? I had a big nail polish dilemma not to long ago… maybe I just need to swirl all of the colors together every time!


  1. ooh that looks fun!
    This summer I've been loving all of the cool colors, blues, greens, purples. Really I love them all!

    • Kaitlyn says:

      Please don’t try this.. I tried it myself and got fingernail polish stuck on my fingernails and skin..

      • Did you remember to tape your nails? Also if you dip a Q tip in nail polish remover you can clean around the nail without ruining the design.

        • While I myself have never tried it ( because I wasnt sure how to do it til now,lol ) several ladies around my area have done it and loved it!

      • don’t use tape ,take a Q tip and vasoline and put it all around your nail and finger ,the polish can’t stick on it. Use a good amount making sure you don’t get it on the nail.

        • Does that actually work? Tape seems difficult and I wanted to know if vasoline really worked be for I did it.

        • Hi!! Just wondering whats a Q tip?? Thx 😀

          • CheesySmiles says:

            a Q-tip is a little stick with cotton stuck on both ends. People usually use them to clean ear wax out of their ears, but they can also be used for things such as removing nail polish and fine-tuning designs that need the edges cleaned up. :)

      • JesseLaine says:

        Sweety,it says it will get messy….
        Everyone,i would advise trying it,besides,life wouldn’t be fun if we couldn’t make a mess!

      • khalayah cowan says:

        thats why they said use nail polish remover duah girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! can you read are you stupid or something!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Bekind Daily says:

          Do you really have to resort to belitting name calling? I thought we were here to offer help not criticism. Have a nice day ♡

    • This wouldn’t work for me. It all got stuck to the tape instead of my nail..

  2. How neat is that! I can't wait to try that! Thanks for the great info!

  3. That looks so cool!!!!
    I will have to give it a try sometime! http://runwithglitter.blogspot.com/

  4. I love it! I can't wear colour on my fingers, though, because I can't take it off! Polish remover irritates my skin. I colour my toe nails, since I can just stack the colours and let it chip; I'd love to do this but I am sure it would be very akward dipping the toes in the water!

    • Lynne Clay says:

      Try this then. Make up the polish bull’s eye and instead of placing your finger in the polish, place a circle of plastic ( cut up baggie works well ) over the polish. Pull the plastic off the water with a pair of tweezers and place on a paper towel, paint side up to dry. This takes about a day. Then cut the dried polish circle to fit your nail shape. ( you should have enough to do five fingers with one circle ) Put on a base coat to act as glue, while the base coat is still tacky, peel off polish from plastic and put on nail. Let dry & put on top coat.making sure to coat the tip of your nail and the underside of tip also. Enjoy!
      After it’s worn a while ( about 1 -2 weeks) it will chip off or you can pop it off with an orange stick, leaving only the base coat that is clear behind.
      Hope this helps you out.

  5. That is so cool! I can't wait to try.

  6. I haven't actually tried it yet… hopefully, this weekend Annie will give me a manicure :) {fingers crossed!} I'll let you all know how it goes via facebook!

  7. There's so much I apparently don't know about the girlier things in life! So stinking cool!

  8. Oh man, I tried this and failed super miserably. I only got one nail to look decent but that one nail actually looks super awesome. Maybe I'll try it again. :)

  9. Okay, that's totally awesome!! I have to attempt it now! 😛

  10. Dumb question of the day – when you say repeat for each nail, do you mean the entire process with the polish drops, etc., or just dip each nail separately?

  11. My 12 year old will LOVE this!! How fun, thanks!

  12. I get so excited when I see something new! I always have my toes painted and this is fun for the summer! I'd love it if you shared this with WorkShop Wednesday this coming wednesday. It would be a nice addition to the party!

  13. These look awesome! I can't wait to try this! We would love for you to come share this at our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday" link party! http://sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com/2011/07/strut-your-stuff-saturday-week-2.html

    The Sisters @ sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com

  14. This is such a perfect/fun sumer activity. I may just have to have a girl's night with my roommates and make our own nails tie-dye :)

  15. I love the colors! Thank you for this great tutorial!

  16. I have been told that if you put vasoline around your nails (instead of the tape, the polish won't stain your fingers and wipes right off.

  17. Wow!!! Great tutorial!

  18. These turned out so CUTE!! Love the colors you chose. Thanks for the tips…I also enjoyed the video!

  19. Adorable!

  20. You can also put Chapstick around your nails and it wipes right off. I would suggest having lots of Qtips and toothpicks available because this can get messy and having all the tools ready helps a lot.

  21. Thank you for the vasaoline and chapstick tips!

  22. Just found this via pinterest and tried tonight. How in the heck did you get it to work? When I put my fingers in the polish blurred all together. Any hints?

    • The same thing happen to me before I read this and I only got one nail to look good! Also the colors didn’t spread in the plastic cup I used. But this tutorial made me want to try again! Tips??

  23. This is so very cool! Can't believe how good it looks! I actually saw this as a Youtube vid before I saw this but was linked by a friend as they know I adore this sort of thing!
    Looks awesome, will give it a try soon :) xx

  24. It is a lot harder than it looks. My daughter and her friend tried this and it never really worked, so they gave up. Maybe there is an easier way.

  25. umm why not just put the polish on the nail and use a toothpick or something to marble them?? Does it create a different effect or something?

  26. Thanks so much for posting this! I decided to try it myself. If you're interested in seeing my process/results check out http://festobsessed.com/2012/04/tie-dye-nails/

    Seriously thank you for this guide. I never thought I'd be able to make my nails so cool, so easily.


  27. You're welcome! Thanks for letting me know… Your nails turned out great :)

  28. What if your nail polish doesn't spread out like oil? We weren't able to make a bulls eye pattern….

  29. SweetCarol says:

    Just after Easter I had my toenails and fingernails painted in Easter Egg colors. I did have the right one match the left but I have pink sparkle, lime green, bright yellow, orange and blue (robin egg blue). I went to the salon to have them done. After I bought some cheap nail polish at the store and took it to CA with me to see my granddaughter (she was being baptised at 8) and we painted her nails and I left the polish there so she could do it again. My toenails still look great but i lost the color on my fingernails long ago. It never lasts on my fingernails. I got a compliment on the nails just after got it down when I went to a fast food place to grab something before I headed to another place. the tie dye look is neat, but sure looked sloppy to get the stuff off. So that is acrylic paint rather than nail polish?

  30. Here are a few tips and modifications to make life a little easier with this:

    1) Use lukewarm, aka room temperature water.
    2) Use dixie cups so you don’t damage your dishes.
    3) Instead of using tape, use a makeup brush to “paint” vaseline around your nails and as far down your finger as it will be submerged in the water. This way, you can simply wipe it off on a paper towel and then use a toothpick to remove the nail polish that is close to the nail so you don’t damage what you want to remain.

    • Thanks for the tips :)

      • Jessica says:

        also, when you use your nail polish it needs to be a great brand…a.k.a not cheap nail polish. when the polish hits the water it needs to spread apart as soon as you drop it in the water. when you dip your nail in make sure you line your nail facing down in the water and when you do this keep your nail under the water for about ten seconds. take a toothpick and swirl around your finger in the water to pick up the excess polish off the water….this makes it so much easier

    • You can also dip two nails at once. Major time saver. You don’t have to drop the nail in the center. I find the design I like the best and dip there. Where ever u dip is the design that will b transferred. This is super cool designs and gets many compliments! I’ve been doing this for about a year. I love it! I also use the vaseline. I use bottled water, as I find tap water doesn’t work well, causing the polish to sink or dry too fast. I bough me a small Tupperware container that I use for this purpose alone. I use it over and over. White base coat brings the brightest nail color design… Another tip, if your polish is thick and hard to drip, use a straw and drop a few drops (2 or 3) of polish remover into the bottle and shake it up. This really helps to thin it out to make it more manageable.

  31. Nicole Ver Voort says:

    Use chap stick around your fingers instead of tape works extremely well and you can just wipe right off! easy to get right close to your fingernail just make sure there is none on your nail or the paint wont stick!

  32. I was really excited to try and do this to my nails, but I couldn’t get the polish to drop fast enough before the previous one started to form a skin. I tried shaking the polish brush and tapping it and that didn’t really work either. And even when I did get a few drops in quickly and tried to do the design, it just clung to the toothpick. Any tips on how to get the polish in more quickly?

  33. I finally tried this! It was fun and kind of worked… I didn’t have white for a base coat, so my colors aren’t as pronounced. I will also try the vasaline/chapstick suggestions next time.
    I had some trouble with getting tiny bubbles of water under the tiedye coat. Did anyone else? Does anyone have suggestions for color or drawn patterns that really look good?

  34. i like this alot. what colors did you use?

  35. I really love this, but when I tried it the polish was drying faster than I could drop another drop. Will have to try it with better nail polish.

  36. i think this is rreally cool. I want to try this!!!

  37. This doesn’t work worth shit.

  38. This worked really well! Everyone loved my nails :) awesome idea

  39. How long does it last

  40. why does my nail polish keep sinking to the bottom of the cup no matter what brand I use? My daughter got it to float on top one time but it hardened before we could add all the drops and swirl them with a tooth pick. Help please :(

  41. Ive been trying this all day. I keep changing the water and when I drop the nail polish in the water the nail polish instantly turns into the film lining. What am I doing wrong? Please respond asap. Thank you

  42. Ta main est moche je trouve…

  43. Me and my friend tried to do this but the bullseye pattern didnt work! It wouldnt spread out! what do we do?

  44. I used carmax around my fingers it has a vaseliney and chap stick texture togher. I t was easier then tape. But use a good nail polish like opi or sally hanson work the best.

  45. Tried It!! says:

    The first time I tried it I failed miserably but the second time I nailed it LOL. Really cool colors & super easy now that I know what I’m doing. My 10 year old daughter will LOVE this, thank you so much for posting.
    Now for my 9 other fingers.

  46. This is the most strange and original technique of nail polish I have ever seen!

  47. This is pretty cool. I love all the little touches people put on for Easter. Thanks for linking up with Turn it Up Tuesday.

  48. ohhhhhhhh love love love!! i love tie dye and now I can have nails to match?!?! what fun and probably messy – but i was always told the more mess the more fun! thanks for sharing this totally awesome tie dye nails with Snickerdoodle Sunday!

  49. Thank you for joining our Oh My Heartsie Girl Wordless Wednesday Link Party.. Oh I love this idea, a bit messy but the result is worth it, thank you for sharing! Have a great day, co-host Evija @Fromevijawithlove

  50. I did peacock style patterns using nail polish on mason jars two years ago.But it never occurred to me, that I can use the same technique to paint my nails haha. I love it :)
    Hope you will share it with our party:


  51. I love the colors you chose for this mani, i’m going to try this!

  52. Too fun! Thanks for joining us on Oh My Heartsie Girl Wordless Wednesday!


  53. Hello beautiful! So fun. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you on Monday at 7pm because we love to party with you! Happy Memorial Day! Lou Lou Girls

  54. I am going to have to share this with my daughter. She is the nail expert in the family. Thank you for linking up on the #HomeMattersParty this week. Looking forward to seeing what you link up with next week.

  55. Love this idea!! Can’t wait to give it a go!

    Stopping by from Sits Girls.



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