DIY Enamel Dots

Hi all,

Nicole here today with a quick DIY craft supply project. I love the look of the enamel dots that I keep seeing around everywhere. But budget is tight at the moment so I tried to improvise some!

Step 1

Get some nail varnish. I used a black and yellow from Pennys – E1.49 a bottle. They have lots of amazing fun colours in their range, and they are not the best for on your nails but they work perfectly for this project.

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Step 2

Work on a craft sheet or other non stick surface. Allow a drop of nail varnish to fall on the sheet. Let a second one fall directly on top of the first to make a bigger dot.

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Step 3

Let dry at least over night!

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I tried this with Liquid Pearls and Stickles as you can see below but compared to the nail varnish (blue dot on the photo below) they just don’t give the same results at all.

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When fully dry peel off the craft mat.step 5 Step 5

Enjoy!!

You can see close ups of how they look on my card below….step 6 step 7

I hope you try this simple fun method. It is a brilliant way to get some use out of old nail varnishes you may have around the house!!step 8

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5 thoughts on “DIY Enamel Dots

  1. That’s really cool!

  2. That’s really cool! Thanks for the tip!

  3. Karrakaz

    Great!!! Thanks!!!

  4. Hi Nicole,
    This is a GREAT blog post. Thanks for the mini-tut and for the awesome idea!!

    My question is, do you know how “safe” the nail polish (nail enamel) drops are to use on cards and scrapbook pages?
    I am very big on only using acid and lignin free items/embellishments etc. because I don’t want anything to eat through the paper/cardstock.

    Do you think that these nail polish dots are safe to use on cards and scrapbooks that will be kept long term? as in, kept and stored and cherished as opposed to just given and then thrown in the garbage like many regular greeting cards are?

    thanks so much for a great idea! and really, the stickles and liquid pearl ones didn’t come out that bad at all! Also, using puffy paint would be kinda cute too!

    Thanks again!
    ~Melisa Marie

    • Hi Marie,

      Thanks for your comments. I think it would really depend on the nail varnish you used to do these with. Some are very good in having very few chemicals etc in them. I personally wouldn’t use them on photos as I would be worried about them deteriorating on the photos. I think they are much more short term an item. You could however seal them using a acid and lignin free glue, that could solve the problem! And yes puffy paint could look great, I will have to get some and try that out!

      Thanks,
      Nicole
      Crafting Ireland Team

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