DIY: Plastic Wrap Manicure

Yes, the title of this post is correct. This post is about a manicure I did using plastic wrap! My favorite nail art is the kind that can be easily done with things I already have around the house. For this manicure I used plastic wrap to give my manicure a cool texture.

For step by step instructions on how to do this super simple nail art check below the jump!

What you need:

  1. Two nail polishes that are not too similar in color. At least one of the polishes needs to be a creme finish polish. I used OPI Berlin There Done That and Maybelline Express Finish Black Onyx
  2. Plastic wrap cut into small pieces (mine were about 2 inches square)
  3. A top coat
  4. Q-tips and acetone to clean up.

How to:

  1. Do all your nails the base color and let dry completely. It is important that the nails be completely dry.
  2. Doing one nail at a time, paint a rather thick coat of the second color onto the nail. Then take a piece of plastic wrap and bunch it into a ball. Then tap the plastic wrap over the wet polish until you are happy with the result. Repeat on the rest of your nails
  3. Apply a top coat!
  4. This can be kind of messy so after applying a top coat use a Q-tip soaked in acetone to clean up around the nail.

And that’s it! So simple but I just love the way this manicure turned out. It’s a great way to add texture to the nail without ACTUALLY adding texture to the nail with a Velvet or Caviar manicure.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this nail art technique and whether or not you’ll be giving it a try!


  1. Did you use the black as the base or the second coat? Or do you suppose it would matter? Looks great! I recently did your idea for the acid wash mani with Orange Pop and Creme Pop (brilliant orange and red) by Quo and these two colors would work for this too! Can’t wait to try it out!

  2. I used Finger Paints Don’t Make a Scene with Steal My Beating Art on top. I also used a thin coat of Orly Tiara on my ring fingers under Steal My Beating Art for and did not let it dry some subtle bling. It turned out totally rad. I adore the effect.

What do you think?