Back to School Style ~ DIY Nail Decals

This is a sponsored post.  I was provided product for this project.  All opinions are my own.

Our back to school routine not only involves shopping for school supplies and backpacks…but also getting our back to school “look” ready.  My daughter loves to shop….and so do I.  So buying clothe for back to school is easy peasy.  Another aspect of our back to school style involves getting a haircut, and making sure she feels confident in herself when she walks into the classroom the first day. That is a challenge, no matter what age, isn’t it?  So this year, I am sending her back to school in style ~ including her nails. I put together some super simple DIY Nail Decals using my Silhouette Cameo and Ultra Metallic Vinyl from StyleTech Craft.  They turned out SO cute, and I can’t wait to show them to you!

DIY Nail Decals using your Silhouette Cameo and metallic adhesive vinyl.

The princess and I love to get our nails done.  I don’t mind spending the money and time on a nice gel mani, but when she wants one, it gets costly.  She loves the nail art, and patterns…the bolder the better!  So when I realized I could easily make some nail decals with vinyl and my Silhouette, we were both happy! This is a vinyl project that I’ve wanted to tackle for a long time, but just didn’t have the confidence to take it on.  I don’t know why….they were SO easy.  A good reminder that my machine can cut the smallest, most intricate designs for any project!

I was seriously so excited to take on this new to me vinyl project.  As much as I love personalizing and creating things, this is totally new to me!  The options are endless, and you can make decals for every occasion in minutes!  Guys, this literally took minutes!

DIY Nail Decals Supplies

*Silhouette Cameo or other vinyl cutting machine

*Adhesive Vinyl {I used Ultra Metallic from StyleTech Craft}

*Weeding tool

*Transfer Tape

*Nail polish and clear top coat

Tips for Creating DIY Nail Decals

*Choose a design that is not overly detailed.  I chose a simple flower and a heart, both of which came with my Silhouette software.  So I didn’t have to create anything too new, or risk the design being too complicated.

*The less weeding, the better. Since you are working with a smaller size, you want there to be the least amount of weeding as possible.  Unless you are super ambitious, keep it simple.  No mermaid scales, mandalas, etc. Solid shapes work best.

*Give your nails plenty of time to dry before applying the decals.  The clear top coat is not, in my mind, necessary for toe nails.  However, on your finger nails it is great since it gives it an extra measure of protecting the decal and polish. It’ll last longer!

*The small size of the decals can be a bit intimidating. I sized these at .4, .2, and .1 and those worked out well!

Above all, this project is one of those that comes together quickly, but the results look like you spent hours!  I can’t wait for more opportunities to make some vinyl nail decals! What special touch are you adding to your back to school style?






  1. Penny Arnold says:

    Great Idea I’m so going to try this with my granddaughter.

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