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Wood Nails – A Faux Bois Manicure

You love wood, so why not give yourself a one of a kind woodgrain manicure? Your custom faux bois (fake wood) design will turn heads and delight fellow crafters and makers.

Wood Nails – A Faux Bois Manicure

Gather materials

Mix a base coat color

Paint the base coat and let dry

Mix a contrasting woodgrain color

Paint the woodgrain design and let dry

Finish with clear topcoat

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Steps

Step #1:

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Wood Nails – A Faux Bois Manicure
  • Gather your materials: nail polish, nail polish remover, cotton swabs or rounds, a plastic lid for mixing polish colors.
  • You will need a very thin brush to paint your woodgrain design. A thin paintbrush will work, but many drugstores carry nail art kits that include interesting polish colors and very thin brushes. I used the "Kiss" Nail Artist kit available at Walgreens, which came with a dark blue polish and thin brush.

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Mix your base coat color. I used white, orange and blue to make a light brown.

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Wood Nails – A Faux Bois Manicure

Paint the base coat and let it dry for a few minutes.

Step #4:

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Wood Nails – A Faux Bois Manicure

Mix your contrasting color for the woodgrain design. I used dark blue, orange and one drop of hot pink to offset the greenish tinge I was getting.

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  • Now for the fun part! Paint the woodgrain designs on each fingernail. It helped me to look at examples of woodgrain while I was painting.
  • The nail polish I mixed started to dry while I was painting, so try to work quickly. You may have to mix another batch of color for your other hand.
  • Painting with your non-dominant hand is a fun challenge! Don't worry, irregular lines look like great, natural woodgrain.
  • Let the woodgrain pattern dry for a few minutes.

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Wood Nails – A Faux Bois Manicure

Apply a clear coat of polish. This will protect your design from looking dull and chipping right away.

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Let your nails dry for at least 30 minutes before attempting any real woodworking. Enjoy!


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