DIY Map Nail Art

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‘Tis the season for unforgettable road trips!

That’s right! What better way to celebrate the warm weather than with your windows down, music blasting as you drive somewhere¬†far and wide with your close friends? So, in honour of road trip season, I put together this DIY Map Nail Art tutorial for you to try.

The best part about this DIY project is that you don’t have to be super artsy fartsy for it to look good. The map nails technique is super easy and also quick. It should take you anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour to complete.

Now let’s get started!

What you will need

  • White Nail Polish
  • Clear Nail Polish
  • A road map (any road map you can buy in a book store or convenience store)
  • Alcohol (I’m talking about the hard stuff – vodka, gin, baijiu)
  • Scissors
  • A small bowl

Prep It!

Before really getting into it, you will need to do the following:

  • Pour enough alcohol into your bowl so that when you dip your nails in, they will be completely covered.
  • Cut out 10 1-inch square pieces of map

Do It!

Step One

First, you are going to paint one coat of white nail polish over your nails. Let that completely dry before moving on to step two.

DIY Map Nails

Step Two

Choose one lucky nail to be the first to get the map nail makeover. Complete a second coat of white on this one nail only. Let it dry for about a minute or two so that when you touch it it’s sticky but doesn’t come off on your skin.

Step Three

While the nail with the second coast is sticky to touch, dip it into the bowl of alcohol, and leave it for about 30 seconds.

DIY Map Nails 2

Step Four

After soaking it in the alcohol for 30 seconds, take it out and immediately apply one of your cut out map pieces to your nail. Make sure you are putting the side you want on your nail face-down. Press down hard on your nail for about 30 seconds. If the piece of map isn’t completely wet with alcohol, dap a little bit directly onto it using another finger and massage your nail in a circular motion.

DIY Map Nails 3

Step Five

Slowly peel back the piece of map.

DIY Map Nails 4

Step Six

Repeat step two through five.

Step Seven

Paint 2-3 coasts of clean nail polish over each of your nails to provide protection. The more layers of clear nail polish you apply, the longer your map nails will stay on.

Map Nails

Voila! You have coolest travel-themed nails around.



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  1. June 12, 2019 / 7:28 am

    It is also recommended by nail salon in Vancouver, you will need of nail polish, alcohol, scissor, nail cutter and small bowl as it will make your nail grow faster by applying solutions and nail polish will give amazing look to your nails as there are lots of nail print shades available in market which you can easily apply in your nails.

  2. September 15, 2018 / 6:30 am

    Very informative article. I like the way it is explained.

  3. June 2, 2018 / 3:30 am

    Hey! I think you are awesome! Since u travel a loti was wondering if u have some tips for not being scared of flying cause I really am and maybe u could help

    • June 4, 2018 / 7:31 am

      That’s a great idea for an upcoming post. I’ll be sharing this with you over the next couple of weeks so be sure to follow on social media so you don’t miss it. Thanks Jessica!

  4. October 24, 2017 / 3:30 pm

    Cool nail design. thanks for sharing this awesome idea!