Pink Zebra Nail “Junkie” – DIY Using Recycling Paper

More DIY: a pink zebra nail design using recycled paper. First of all, I do not know much about nail art. I only started experimenting recently, say about 3 weeks ago. This is probably the most creative concept so far (yeah, I know not very creative at all, but it takes practice). My last post was on the CEW 2013 Discovery Box. The box itself became a ordinary beauty storage box, but a small proportion of the shredded packaging paper ended up on my nails. 馃槢 So this is how it looks like:
Pink Zebra Nail "Junkie" using recycled paper

1. As usual, I started off with a base coat (Sally Hansen Double Duty) and only 1 layer of coating alternating between the light pink (Headline Colors) shade and the neon pink (nails inc) shade. I got both the pink polishes from the beauty boxes mentioned in earlier posts; it’s good to try them out.

Pink Zebra Nail "Junkie" Sally Hansen, Headline Colours, Nails Inc

2. After the first layer has dried, I applied a second layer of colour and stuck the shredded packaging paper on while it’s sticky. Unless you are very good with nail art it’s safest to do one finger at a time. Wait until it dries, then apply top coat and clean up like you would do normally. You might need a very small scissor to cut off the black end bits to size.

Pink Zebra Nail "Junkie" - DIY Using Recycling Paper

Result: I originally thought the black paper will peel off very easily but I’m surprised by the fact that it lasted for longer than the nail polish itself. The nail polish started chipping after 2 days but none of black strips has fallen off. It also act as a barrier preventing the nail polish from further chippings. It’s like a composite material where you have the matrix (polish) and the fibre (black strips) in which the fibre acts as crack arrestors. I think this a simple way of creating stripy nails without having to paint the stripes or use sellotape. 

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  1. May 27, 2013 / 1:27 pm

    Thanks for visiting my blog! I love that you've found a way to re-use the paper from the CEW box! Looks cute 馃檪

    Ria x

    • May 28, 2013 / 11:25 am

      Thank you! 馃檪 It's nice bumping into your blog the other day, I'll try to keep up with it xxx

    • June 1, 2013 / 1:44 pm

      Thanks a lot, I'm glad you like it. xxx