Tuesday, 24 June 2014

DIY: From Nail Art to Wall Art


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....

DIY Project: How To Turn Nail Art into Wall Art

Supplies

Your nail art
I get my nail wheels from eBay

Craft Card
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



DIY Project: How To Turn Nail Art into Wall Art

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.



DIY Project: How To Turn Nail Art into Wall Art

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.



DIY Project: How To Turn Nail Art into Wall Art

3.Cut out the piece of card that will act as your mount.



DIY Project: How To Turn Nail Art into Wall Art

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.



DIY Project: How To Turn Nail Art into Wall Art

5. Press the wheel firmly on to your mount, place it in the frame and put it all back together!



DIY Project: How To Turn Nail Art into Wall Art

6. Hang it on the wall and your work here is done! 

21 comments:

  1. Such an amazing idea!!! They look so cute!!! I might give this a try!!!

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  2. What a great DIY! I might have to try this out :)

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  3. this is a great idea, and it look amazing - i love diy projects.

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  4. that´s great! what an idea. now, I want to do this with my nail art wheels, too. I don´t have more to say. just awesome. greetings from germany :-) steffi

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  5. This is such a good idea! I would have never thought of it. It looks great!

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  6. So cool! Will definitely be trying this!

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  7. I love the dinosaur on top!

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  8. Perfect!
    I just got 3 box frames and had no idea what to put in them... This is a great idea and it will go so well on the wall next to my nail polish racks.

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  9. This is such an amazing idea!

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  10. классная идея!!

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  11. I love it! And also the Dino on the last picture! So sweet! :p

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  12. That's a perfectly amazing idea thank you a LOT <3

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  13. I have my wheels stuck on the wall with blu tac all alone. This is much classier! I shall look for the frames next time I'm out :D thanks for the idea! xx

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