diy american flag nail art

The Fourth of July countdown continues! I’ve posted manicure tutorials before (tribal print & chevron) that use tape as a stencil, but it wasn’t until some heavy Pinterest browsing that it occurred to me how much easier it’d be to use the tape on the nail. It was a why didn’t I think of that?! moment. I hate those.

Competitiveness aside, I couldn’t wait to put the technique to use in a manicure worthy of the 4th of July. For this American flag nail art, you’ll need:

  • Scotch tape
  • Scissors
  • Red nail polish
  • Blue nail polish
  • White nail polish
  • Clear top coat polish

Start with two coats of the white polish. Let them completely dry (this is my least favorite part of painting my nails).

Keeping the tape in the dispenser, paint a strip with two coats of the blue and let it dry.

Using the scissors, cut a star from the blue section of tape. If you have young kids, are an art teacher, or are the late Michael Jackson, you may have a star-shaped hole-punch laying around your house. Use that instead of the scissors for a perfectly shaped star. As you can see, my star ended up being a litte—err—bottom-heavy.

Stick the star tape to your ring finger nail (or whatever nail you choose).

Paint another chunk of tape with two coats of red and let that dry. You’ll then cut the red tape into thin strips and stick them on to your remaining nails as the stripes of the “flag.” If you want a subtle American flag accent, just do the nail to the right of the starred nail. This is the look I prefer.

If you want to go all out with your 4th of July pride, add stripes to all remaining nails. Regardless of if you do one or all of them, cover all nails with a clear top coat of polish. As you can see, I didn’t wait long enough for my red tape to dry, and when I added the clear coat, my middle nail smudged a bit. Womp womp wommmmp.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!



  1. Such a good idea and so cute!

  2. Love this idea! I also really love using the tape technique it makes nail design so easy and crisp. Stop by and say hi 🙂

  3. busyomahamom says:

    Very cool!!

  4. Reblogged this on The fashion culture.

  5. peace14 says:

    Good idea


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