Use Nail Wraps to Create a Geometric Nail Design

Use nail stickers to create geometric shaped prints on nails (click through for tutorial) I have to admit that I’ve never been the girl that’s really into nail art. In fact, if there was a “skip” button on Pinterest, the same way you can skip a song on Pandora, I would probably have skipped the entire category all together. However, I have been noticing lately that there are some simple nail ideas that I not only like, but that I would actually do myself at home. I’ve also been noticing the really cool nail decal patterns that are around now, and this is a simple way to use them to make a custom look without a trip to the salon.  

Use nail stickers to create geometric shaped prints on nails (click through for tutorial) Supplies:
-nail file and buffer
-base coat nail color
patterned nail decals 
clear top coat
-small scissors

Use nail stickers to create geometric shaped prints on nails (click through for tutorial) 1. Trim and file your nails to your desired shape and smoothness. Paint 1-2 coats of your base color with adequate dry time between coats.

2. Lay the corresponding size of nail decal strip next to your finger and line up the beginning of the strip with your cuticle. Flip the strip over to the blank side and mark with a pen where the tip of your nail ends. Use your scissors to cut the nail strip into a triangle shape that comes to a point at that mark.

3. Peel the top and bottom backing off the nail decal triangle and stick the tip of the triangle onto the end of your scissors. Position the rounded bottom of the triangle just above your cuticle and press the bottom of the triangle in place. Slowly peel the scissors away from the tip of the triangle and smooth out the rest of the decal (you could also use tweezers to position the decal as well).

4. Finish your look with a quick-dry topcoat, and your new mani is done!

Use nail stickers to create geometric shaped prints on nails (click through for tutorial) Use nail stickers to create geometric shaped prints on nails (click through for tutorial)

Use nail stickers to create geometric shaped prints on nails (click through for tutorial) If you like to keep your nails on the shorter side like I do, you can actually get two manis out of one set of decals. Just cut your triangles from one end of the strips for the first manicure, and then use the opposite end as the widest part of your triangle next time. I think this look is really fun, and I like that it feels simple and modern as well. I guess there’s a whole new world of nail designs out there, ladies, and I don’t know about you, but I think I’m going to get on board! xo. Laura

Credits // Author: Laura Gummerman, Photography: Sarah Rhodes. 

  • What an AMAZING idea!!! I love to doing cool stuff with my nails, but I usually end up with paint all over my hands haha. Cute design, too!

  • I normally love to rock nail polish and switch everything up every week but with the busy season I haven’t been able to and my nails remained sadly bare for a few weeks, but this is definitely motivating me to play with nail art again!
    Thanks Laura!

  • So in love with this! I’m def going to try this out, buying the nail decals now 🙂

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  • This nails are great!
    Love the colour and the design!:D


  • Wow I love this idea! It’s pretty easy to do too even if at first glance it appears that you’ve invested so much time and hard work to accomplish it.

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  • This is brilliant! I have a set of nail wraps that is just too busy to do an all-over manicure, but this would be a perfect way to use them.

  • It lasts as long as my regular home manis would, of course the nail polish at the tips would give out before the decals would, but I can usually get 5 days out of a home mani before it gets too bad 🙂


  • I wish I could have pretty nails… oh the troubles of working with your hands everyday, sigh. Looks like fun though!

  • Ha! What a great nail art hack! Long are the days of gummed up nails and sticky tape.
    xoxo, Laura

  • Jamberry has some really fabulous nail decals, too:

    They also do buy 3 get 1 free deals.

  • You could do cat cut outs Laura! How cool would that be? Check out I love her easy beginner nail art tutorials.

  • I dont do nail arts either…but this looks fun…love the base color, really makes the decal pop…


  • Girl, you need to be getting some Jamberry Wraps on your nails. If you love those wraps, you’ll love that Jams are non-toxic and will last up to and over two weeks! And, they’re just as easy to use. Email me at or check out my website! Happy to give you a same to try!

  • This nail art is so pretty. Very apt for the season

  • I’m not a nail type of person too. But your tutorial is so cute!))

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  • i’m on the other side of the spectrum, i love nails and nail art. i collect nail polishes lol. this is another great way to use nail wraps 🙂

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  • Love this idea for using nail wraps in a creative way. This is also a great way to use those extra little pieces of the nail wrap left over from a previous manicure!

  • I never paint my nails-they end up becoming what I call “mommy nails” and look like a hot mess within a few minutes of the application. BUT…this looks so fun I might have to try it!

  • wow these look fabulous. i have never tried nail wraps but I have a pair and am somehow kind of too scared to try them out. I really like this idea though – mixing them with a normal paintjob to create something individual.

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  • ohhh em gee!! That is an adorable idea! I often see cute prints but find them to be just a tad over bearing…like non work appropriate even. This is such a perfect idea to get that little print on your nails without annoying the boss 😉 Thanks for sharing!!

  • Looks great! I`m not a big nail designer but this DIY is so easy that even I could make it. Maybe I would choose some other colors. Nice post.

    Have a great weekend!

  • I have to admit that I’m everything other than skilled in nail design. But what you show here looks so simply that even I must be able to manage it 🙂 Thank you!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

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