Every nail enthusiast will love this project! It was a serious hit on my Instagram when I posted it. I almost didn’t post it because I didn’t think anything of it. It was just another component of my over all salon diorama project. I was inspired by a picture I saw on Pinterest and gave it my own spin. This isn’t a complete how-to, but I will share some of the key components of this craft project.
the bits & pieces
Here’s what you will need:
- Wide popsicle sticks (for the shelving)
- Black acrylic craft paint
- Craft varnish
- Tacky Glue (I prefer Turbo Tacky Glue)
- Nail Polish (in a variety of colors including black)
- Clear pony beads
- Black Perl beads
- Cotton swabs
- Black craft paper
- Hot glue gun
- Hole punch
What made these look so realistic is that I painted the inside of each of the clear pony beads with polish from my real collection. I used a variety of fun shades from reds and burgandys to sea foam green and periwinkle.
After the polish dried, each mini bottle was made by gluing a black hole punch onto the bottom of each bead. I then placed a cotton swab (swab removed) into the pony bead while the glue was still hot. I added glue to the top of the cotton swab then slid one of the Perl beads onto it. Once the glue cooled, I snipped the cotton swab as close to the top of the Perl bead as possible. I topped it with a little bit of black nail polish to blend in the cotton swab.
I arranged the bottles that I wanted to display on my shelf in a color coordinated fashion and hot glued them onto the shelf. I left some loose so that we’d have a selection for the actual manicure table in Rouge Salon.
You can also create bottles that open for use by skipping the step of inserting the cotton swab to the base bead while the glue is still hot. Wait for the glue to dry in the pony bead, then follow the same steps for the top. Paint the bottom of the cotton swab the color of the nail polish bottle and you will have a brush that can be removed from the bottle.
For a full spread of the Rouge Salon check out our Instagram.
A la prochaine!