Nail Art is a labour of love and to see all of that hard work washed away with the swipe of a cotton pad can be sad. Especially when it’s one of those amazing manis that everyone complimented you on and nearly caused a car accident because it was so pretty you couldn’t stop staring at your hands!
Of course, we can take pictures to document and share our magical manis online but it would be nice to commemorate those really special pieces of nail art somehow. Hanging framed pictures of your hands around the house might be considered a bit strange but displaying the art itself is a cool alternative and it doubles as a great conversation starter if you plan to place it somewhere your guests are going to see it.
After I finished my first nail wheel
last year, it seemed a shame to leave it in a drawer to be forgotten about so I got the idea to display it a box frame. I’ve upgraded to two frames now (as you may have spotted on Instagram
) and the best part is I can change up the decor with the seasons or whenever I feel like painting a new nail wheel. I put the whole thing together in 5 minutes for less than £5 and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Here’s how I did it….
Your nail art
I get my nail wheels from eBay
You can use any colour you fancy but make sure it’s thick enough – 180gsm and up is perfect
Scissors and a pencil
Blu-Tack or something similar
I’m using Bostik’s ‘glu-dots’
A Box Frame the right size for your art
The one I’m using is 15x15cm and 2cm deep. It’s made by Innova and I picked it up in The Range
for £3.49 but if you want to buy online, it’s stocked at Hobbycraft
in more colours.
You might also need a screwdriver / pliers to get your frame open
1. Start by removing the back of the frame and carefully sliding out the inlay that it came with. Don’t scrunch it up and throw it away just yet!
You might have to crack open the toolbox for this part. I used a flat head screwdriver to pry the clasps up.
2. Line up two of the edges of your inlay with the card and draw around it. If your frame didn’t come with an inlay, just use a ruler to measure the opening and mark the card.
3.Cut out the piece of card that will act as your mount.
4. Attach a few dots of your adhesive to the back of your nail wheel. These glu dots that I used are clear so you can’t see them in the picture but I spaced three evenly around the centre of the wheel.
5. Press the wheel firmly on to your mount, place it in the frame and put it all back together!
6. Hang it on the wall and your work here is done!