17 Alternative Uses For Nail Polish That Don’t Involve Painting Your Nails

17 Alternative Uses For Nail Polish That Don't Involve Painting Your Nails

Everyone has extra bottles of nail polish laying around somewhere. Or, if you’re like any of us, you have a box of colors that are “so last season” that you don’t wear anymore but are too pretty to part with. Or you’re just a craft hoarder who “might use it someday, for sure”.

Don’t worry, we understand. Why not finally put those colors to use with nail polish crafts? We’ve collected a list of our favorite crafts utilizing nail polish to create some truly stunning pieces of art.

Check out the links below for all the tutorials!



Marbled Coasters – Marbling is probably the best use for nail polish since you can use it on almost any surface! Mix colors for a truly unique design.



Enameled Spoons – Dress up some old spoons with a new look! Use crackle nail polish or just color block them for a more modern take.



Marbled Glassware – So easy and so stunning! These glasses go from plain to amazing with just a touch of nail polish.



Marbled Drawer Knobs – Paint these knobs and marble them with white to create the look of a semi-precious stone (don’t these look like turquoise?) or leave them white and marble them with a color for something a little different!



Dip-dyed Chopsticks – Dress up some plain wooden chopsticks for your next party with this easy dip-dye method. They’re so cute you’ll want to keep them around!



5 Minute Necklace – Color block a simple chain to give it a new look! Not only will it look cool but covering the chain in clear polish will help keep it from tarnishing!



Glammed Up Running Shoes – Give your shoes a new look with a bit of nail polish and you’ll feel like a rockstar everywhere you walk!



Color-block Marbled Boxes – Tape off a few sections before you marble and get this really cool marbled color-block effect on the surface!



Marbled Cup & Saucer – Marble dip-dye some simple white dishes to create a stunning watercolor effect! These are so gorgeous now we want to dip-dye everything!



Faux Crystals – By the time you’re done, these “crystals” look pretty enough that people won’t know they’re just normal rocks! Play around with colors and finishes to create unique looks.



Necklace Refashion – Give an old necklace a new look with some nail polish! Pick up a cheap necklace with clear stones and paint over them to give it a new statement look.



Enamel Dots – Create stickable enamel dots to embellish anything with just a bit of nail polish. She even covers which brands and types create the best dots!



Glue Gun Snowflakes – A stencil guide, glue gun, and nail polish are all you need to create this charming snowflakes. Use them to adorn a tree or hang them in windows to catch light.



Nail Polish Gems – Create all sorts of striking and beautiful “gems” with nail polish. We’ve even seen some pretty awesome galaxy gems made with this method!



Nail Polish Flowers – These cute little additions are made with wire, glue, and nail polish. If you can bend wire you can make some of these!



Dressed Up Bobby Pins – Take those bobby pins from bland to glam with a dash of nail polish! Add some glitter or rhinestones for a little bit of sparkle.



Nail Art Washers – With a little bit of nail polish and some rub on nail decals, you can create stylish pieces of jewelry to use for anything! Use a crackle nail polish for a different kind of finish.