Bobby Pin Polka Dot Nails DIY / by Julia Walck

Last week, I painted my nails in a cute floral pattern using a bobby pin and nail polish. I got so many compliments and people asking how I did it so I thought, why not do a DIY?!

Here's a super simple polka dot nail tutorial; skip the salon for those fancy "extra design" charges and do it yourself for free! 


  • 2 contrasting colors of nail polish.
  • topcoat
  • a pulled apart bobby pin


  • Paint your nails with the base color (double up on this!)
  • Let your nails dry.
  • Dip the bobby pin into your second color. It doesn't matter what side of the bobby pin you use.
  • Press down gently on your nails making a polka dot pattern. Use more polish for bigger dots and less polish for tiny dots.
  • Sit back and wait for the dots to dry. You might want to give yourself a few extra minutes on this to prevent smudging. 
  • Apply topcoat.
  • Voila! Now you have super fun patterned nails. High five! (but make sure your polish is dry first)