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Monday Manicure with Eki: Bobby Pins for Nail Art? Here’s How to Make Your Own Nail Art Tools at Home!




Very easy nail art design using a Bobby Pin as a Dotting Tool

If you’ve always wanted to practise your nail art for pretty uniquely designed nails, but you never seem to find the right tools, then this post is just for you.

Today on Monday Manicure, we’re sharing different ways you Nail Art Lovers can make your own nail art tools at home. Make it a double DIY, make your own nail art tools and do your own manicure & nail art, save double the costs!

Small Dotting Tool

Cocktail Stick
Orange Stick
Sharp Sharpened Pencil
Stem of an old Earring

Medium Dotting Tool

Blunt Pencil
Dried Ballpoint Pen
Bobby Pins

Large Dotting Tool

Flattened Pencil
Cotton Bud (shape varied because of the cotton)
Attach an Sewing Pin to a pencil eraser


Simple Stripes can be achieved with a Dental Floss Stick

Striping Brush

Dental Floss Stick
Cut an Old Nail Polish Brush into a Thin Shape
Add Thin Bristles (from a paint brush) to an Old Pencil

A Detailing Brush

Old Eyeliner Brush
Cut an Old Nail Polish Brush into shape
Cut a small Paint Brush into shape

Nail Art Sponge

Dishwashing Sponge
Makeup Sponge
Small Eyeshadow Sponge


Makeup Sponge for Gradient Colour Effect Nail Art

Liquid Latex/Liquid Tape

School Glue (white or clear school glue, not permanent or heavy duty glue)

Cling Film is great for creating marble art
A Straw dipped in polish can be used for circles (sizes vary)
A Cotton Bud can be used to clean the edges of your nail for a neat manicure

See a few videos below for better understanding

Natasha Lee


Liquid Tape – Hannah Weir

Next week I’ll show you more designs you can do with other household items

Photo Credits: Minq, Pinterest

Eki is the Editor for BellaNaija Style and Lifestyle Editor for She has a Vogue Fashion Certificate from Conde Nast College of Fashion & Design and also attended Central Saint Martins, London College of Fashion and the University of Kent. Eki headed the Design Operations at a top Nigerian womenswear fashion brand before finding love at BellaNaija Style. Eki loves all things creative. Follow her on Instagram @ekiogunbor BellaNaija Style: [email protected] | @bellanaijastyle BellaNaija Beauty: @bellanaijabeauty BellaNaija Living: [email protected] | @bellanaijaliving

1 Comment

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    November 22, 2016 at 7:07 am

    Thanks for this. I have loads of nail polishes but rarely do it myself. Now it’s time to stop being lazy B save some extra cash. Will try one of these designs soon

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