Pinterest Tested: Peel-Off Nail Polish Designs

Welcome to Pinterest Tested! Ever wonder if that miracle cleaner is really miraculous? Or what about that homemade facial cleanser or delicious-looking recipe? The Craft Patch is the place to find out! I am testing Pins that catch my eye to see if they really live up to the claims made on Pinterest. It’s like the Mythbusters of Domesticity!

This week I am testing THIS PIN.
The Pin claims that you:
1.Use nail polish to paint little designs onto a Ziploc bag.
2. Wait until the paint is dry, then peel the designs off.

3. Adhere them to your nails using clear nail polish.

THE TEST: Does it work? How hard is it? How well do the designs stay on your nails?

To tell you the truth, I am skeptical of this one for some reason. You can just peel the designs off? I don’t know. It just sounds too good to be true. But you know I have to test it…these unbelievable ones are the most tempting ones to test!

So here we go:

Step 1: Paint designs onto a Ziploc bag using your favorite nail polish. I decided to start with something simple…little flowers. Make sure they are small enough to fit on your nails. At first I thought I would put one flower on each fingernail, then after I had painted the flowers, I remembered that I hate having my fingernails painted.

Step 2: Peel off the designs. You can see here that some of them didn’t come off very well. That’s okay, though, because I changed my mind about putting them on my fingers anyways, remember? Just be really gentle and go slow.
These are the ones I was able to salvage:
Step 3: Use clear nail polish to stick them to your nails. I put them on my big toes. Nice and summery!
 THE RESULTS: Success! It worked! It actually worked! I am surprised and happy! It was easier and didn’t take any more time than trying to paint designs straight on my toes. I can’t wait to try this again!


  1. Do you wait for the nail polish to dry? About how much time did you leave between painting the bag and painting your nail?

    • Yes, you have to wait until the nail polish is completely dry, which only takes a few minutes. I would paint the designs onto the bag, then paint a base coat on your nails. By then, the designs would probably be ready to peel off.

  2. As a professional nail tech I have experimented with stuff like this for years. Parchment paper works AWESOME for this. I would let the designs dry for a few hours though, or even overnight for best results. Also, as long as you're putting them onto painted nails, they'll stick without putting fresh wet nail polish, just make sure you put clear on top.


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