Create your own gel polish butterflies with a craft punch

If you’ve been doing your nails for a while and want to try something new and fun, then look no further than your kitchen drawer. Nestled between the hand towels and aluminum foil is the nail world’s newest star – the sandwich bag.
This underutilized lunch essential is going to blow your mind. That simple piece of plastic will help you create custom color nail decals right at home. Layer gel polish on the inside of the plastic bag, fold it over and squish the colors together. Once the design dries, you can use a craft punch to create miniature butterflies for your manicure. Top the design with gold caviar beads, and you’ll have people begging to know who did your nails.
- Plastic sandwich bag
- Sharp scissors
- Translucent lavender nail gel (FairyGlo 6715)
- Translucent fuchsia nail gel (Born Pretty, Fire of the Stars)
- Grey blue nail gel (Clou Beauté 2086)
- Peach nail gel (Clou Beauté N15)
- Tweezers
- Butterfly craft punch
- Clear gel top coat (Gelish Top It Off)
- LED lamp (Lumcrissy)
- Toothpick
- Gold caviar beads
Fierce League
1. Hold the plastic bag so that the side edge is facing you. Use the scissors to cut out a 2-inch section of the bag.
2. Unfold the plastic bag square, and place several dots of lavender, fuchsia, gray blue, and peach polish onto the plastic.
3. Refold the plastic square. The polish should be sandwiched in between the plastic. Press the center of the plastic, so the wet polish colors blend together slightly.
4. Allow the nail gel design to dry completely.
5. Use the tweezers to gently peel the dried gel off the plastic.
6. Trim one side of the gel design with the scissors, so there is a flat edge.
7. Insert the flat side of the dried gel into the butterfly craft punch, and press down to punch out the design. Repeat as needed to create four butterflies.
8. Apply a single layer of clear gel top coat to your nails then use the tweezers to position two butterflies on top. Cure the gel with the LED lamp.
9. Apply additional clear gel on the center of each butterfly.
10. Dip a toothpick into the wet gel on your nail, then use the toothpick to pick up three caviar beads. Place them into the wet gel to simulate the body then cure the gel with the lamp once more.
11. Seal the design with additional clear gel, and cure it with the lamp.
Stay pretty!

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