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DIY Bird Nail Art

This week I wanted to paint a winter-y nail design and show you all how to do this bird nail art as well.

DIY Bird Nail Art Final

A cardinal is a beautiful bird that represents winter, so I thought I would try to do a design with a cardinal on my nails.

These are the polish colours I used, however, you don’t need these exact ones – any colour close to these will do.

DIY Bird Nail Art colours

First I took the light blue colour and painted two coats on my nails.

DIY Bird Nail Art base coat

Then I took the brown and painted on the branches. I wanted to paint the cardinal on my index and ring fingers so I made those branches closer to the bottom so there was room for the bird to perch on top. If you don’t have the shade of brown you want in a thin tip bottle (like me) you can just use the brush from one of you other thin tip bottles and clean it off when you’re done.

DIY Bird Nail Art branches

If, like me, you haven’t painted a cardinal before, I recommend taking your red thin tip and painting the bird on a piece of paper first so you get the hang of it.

DIY Bird Nail Art cardinal

 Next, paint the outline of the bird on your nails with your red thin tip.

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Then, with the same colour, shade in the birds.  Next, take your black thin tip and outline a few parts of the bird like the wings and a bit around the beak.

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Take your white thin tip for the next step and add some snow to your branches to make the design more winter-y.  To make the beak, I mixed my brown with the white to make a lighter brown and then painted it on the bird’s face.

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Let me know if you try this nail design!

Meg's NailsMegan is a 15 year old student, in grade 10. Her passion for nail art started at around age 11 but she never got into doing designs until this last summer when she and her family moved to Steinbach. Megan loves trying new designs out on her nails and sharing them with the people around her. She would love to pursue a nail career after grade 12 and enjoys having her own private ‘salon’ (Meg’s Nails) in her basement while still in school.



Debbie White Beattie

Tuesday 28th of January 2014

Very talented and creative. This looks so good. I could never do my nails because my hands aren't stable enough, not to mention I'm not ambidextrous. I'd only be able to do one hand.

angela m

Wednesday 15th of January 2014

Your nails are so cute, I wish I had the patience to do some nail art


Wednesday 15th of January 2014

That is super cute - thank you for the step-by-step! Great idea to use the thin brush from another colour...for some reason my brain would never have thought of that!


Tuesday 14th of January 2014

Wow, that design is adorable! I do not have the dexterity for those cute little designs.


Tuesday 14th of January 2014

very cool!