My girls love nail polish. We have an ever growing collection of colors. To help “use up” some of the older bottles, we decided to experiment with them.
Nail Polish Marbling
First we tried marbling paper. You will need a pan of room temperature water, nail polish, and an orange stick. Make sure you are in a well ventilated area, we tried it outside, but the polish dried to quickly.
To make your Nail Polish Art, you will need:
- Old bottles of nail polish
- Shallow Pan
- Water ~ Room Temp.
- Stick (or something similar) to stir the polish
Simply pour a small amount of polish straight from the bottle into the water. It should form a “skin” on the top of the water. Working quickly drip more colors into the center of the skin. We found that some polishes spread better than others, but both produced interesting results.
Once you have a few colors, gently drag an orange stick (or skewer) through the polish. We found that it worked best to start near the outside of the skin and drag to the center, wiping the stick as you go. Next simply dip your paper into the water and pull it out to reveal a beautifully marbled piece of paper. After each paper is finished, use your orange stick to swirl around the water to gather all the left over polish. The younger kiddos had a harder time with this one, but still enjoyed it.
Next the kids tried pouring polish straight into the pan with no water. They swirled the colors with the orange stick and then set the paper into the polish. The kids loved the process of dumping the colors and swirling it around. There was lots of giggles as they tried to determine what each shape was.
This one was named the speeding bunny. Love it!
Painting Hosta Leaves
I was about to clean up the project when one of the girls asked if they could paint on a Hosta leaf instead of paper. This brought renewed excitement.
The girls painted directly onto their leaf with the nail polish. They soon decided that the leaves were fans. Every pretty princess needs a sparking, colorful fan to keep them cool in the summer:) It was fun watching the kids use everyday items in a new way.