Monday, September 26, 2011

DIY nail blogging

Hello everybody! Hope you are having a great Monday and starting a great week!
When I started collecting nail polishes and reading nail blogs, I saw all these nice, but somewhat pricey solutions for storing, using and enjoying polish. But don't worry! Today I'm here to tell you that there are simpler solutions for every issue and you don't have to spend a lot of money to do nails or even take nice pictures.


This is a nice gift box that I had and kept from my birthday. I knew it would come in handy some day and it has the really nice bow on the lid. Inside it is a divider so that the polishes stay nice and separated, don't collapse or move all over the box. I made this separator out or the lid of a shoe box. My storage box has space for 54 bottles. Can you tell I'm running out of space?

This is my light box. I'm not sure how many of you are familiar with what a light box is. It is used for close-up  photographs of objects and is used by nail bloggers to photograph, well, nails. I made this out of an old box I found around the house. The only things I bought were some wax paper to put as walls and some white cardboard to make a nice background. It's not very neat, but considering that I made the cuts in the walls with a  scalpel (that's what I had "around the house" :)) ), I'm just glad I have all my fingers left. You can find many tutorials on how to do this by googling "diy light box". 
I know this might look funny to you but it's an awesome phone stand I made. Many of my pictures were made with the phone, as I don't always have access to a proper camera. My Galaxy S is a great phone, but it didn't come with a stand. So instead of buying one I decided to do one myself. All credits go to the tutorial here.

Nail art

First we have some make-up sponge tip applicators that I use for sponging. These came in a pack of 12 for less than one dollar. They can be used for 4 colors (2 ends, each end has 2 sides) and you can also reuse the same tip for the same color. 
Finally, dotting tools. Now I'm sure you've seen the dotting tools in the shops and on nail supplies websites. But why spend money on these when you can use stuff you have around the house. They might not look very professional but they get the job done. We have:
  • large dotting tool - the head of a pin that is inserted in the back of a pencil for commodity 
  • medium dotting tool - the end of an old brush that I wasn't using anyway
  • small dotting tool - the round ends of a hair pin
So there you have it! You don't need a lot of money to do nice nails and photograph them. Don't hesitate to be creative and use your own ideas. And never be afraid of trying new things! You can never know how they work out unless you try!


  1. This is all genius. I am just starting out with DIY (besides Konad) designs, and the idea of using a bobby pin as a dotting tool is absolutely brilliant. God knows there are a ton of those lying around every girl's house. I will definitely be using your ideas!

  2. Thanks! I'm glad this post was usefull for you! Would love to see your designs :)


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