I have had acrylic nails for 10 years now off and on. Sometimes, when I go to the salon I dont know what design I want and end up figuring it out after the appointment or the salon doesn’t have the design available. That’s when I decided to put my Cricut skills to the test and use my Cricut Maker to make my own Nail Decals.
For this project you’re going to need:
- A Cricut Machine – I have the Cricut Maker
- Cricut Permanent Vinyl
- A Weeding Tool
- Transfer Tape
- Tweezers (not pictured)
- A Cutting Mat (not pictured)
Once I had all of my materials I went into Design Space to find what I wanted to cut out for the decals. I decided to do a Palm Leaf and Butterflies. When you are searching for a design you want to make sure that your design doesn’t have too much detail or the machine will not be able to cut it correctly due to the sizing of the decal.
I found the exact Palm Leaf and Butterfly that I wanted and sized the image down to “.25” on the width and I let Design Space decide what the height should be based on the image I am using. After sizing the image down, I copied and pasted to have a total of 4 of each image. Next, I selected all and attached them to insure they would all print in the row, before cutting the vinyl I made sure that the images were lined up vertically by selecting “Align” and then “Align Vertically” this puts the image in the perfectly lined up row.
I clicked “Make it” , selected the Machine and Material I was using and let the machine cut the images.
The images were done cutting and I weeded them to pull off all the excess vinyl that was not cut. As you can see, 2 of the leaves got messed up when I was weeding them. This is why I printed 4, I wanted to have backups in case I needed to redo any of the decals.
After weeding, I took my transfer tape and selected the leaf that we wanted to apply to the nail. Using the transfer tape allowed me to pick up the leaf in one smooth motion and apply it in one smooth motion without ripping or tearing the vinyl.
As you can see, the leaf is attached to the nail. All you have to do next is apply a top coat over the nail decal to help protect the vinyl from the everyday things our hands come in contact with.
For the butterflies I ended up just using tweezers to apply the decals because they were one solid decal. Once the tweezers had picked up the decal I placed the butterfly on my nail and when I had it in the perfect spot, I applied pressure to the decal to help it adhere. After I made sure the decal had set and was adhered, I went over the top of it with a top coat to help lengthen the life of the nail decal.