Nail Tutorial: Strawberry Nails

by Kaylah Stroup
I have another cute tutorial to share today (see the last one here, it’s on how to make a triangle design). I’m going to show you how to make your finger nails into cute little strawberries. Sure there has been a million other tutorials on strawberry nails but the problem I found was that I can’t freehand with polish. But then it hit me…I could use tape!

 • pinking sheers • red nail polish • green nail polish 
a nail art pen (or black nail polish and a toothpick) • top coat • scotch tape

Now that you’ve gathered your supplies, let’s get started!

1 // Paint your nails red!
2 // After the base coat is dry cut ten strips of tape using your pinking sheers. Firmly apply one piece per nail.
3 // Apply the green polish on the area you left un-taped for the leaves.
4 // Gently, and slowly pull of the tape. I find my nails turn out best if I take the tape off immediately after painting instead of waiting until my whole hand is done.
5 // Using your nail art pen or a tooth pick and black nail polish randomly place polka dots on your nails
6 // After everything is dry, add a top coat! My current favorite is Essie Good to Go, it dries so so so fast!

7 // Enjoy!!!

It’s very easy, just make sure to have patience and take your time.
Make sure to leave me a link if you decide to try on your nails! 😉

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Blue Eyed Night Owl September 26, 2011 - 4:05 pm

That is absolutely gorgeous!

Can you believe I do not really own a true red nail polish? I know, it's every woman's basic. I do have a metalic one and just got one that's more towards neon. So I could still make strawberries yay!

The Dainty Squid September 26, 2011 - 4:14 pm

Blue Eyed Night Owl, ha! That's my only red. I'm not a real big red nail polish gal, I prefer blues and purples.

I BLEED PINK September 26, 2011 - 4:16 pm

What a cute idea!!

Cas September 26, 2011 - 4:18 pm

So cute! I did your last tutorial so I am sure I will be trying this one as well. Love it… Sea Marie

Heather Marie September 26, 2011 - 4:18 pm

This DIY is so adorable! Love it!

Kim September 26, 2011 - 4:19 pm

I looooooove them, Kaylah!! 😀

I was thinking of doing a watermelon look with tape, using pink instead of red and a darker green

M September 26, 2011 - 4:22 pm

LOVE it!

jesse.anne.o September 26, 2011 - 4:27 pm

LOVE these!

theParaders vintage September 26, 2011 - 4:31 pm

too too too cute!

Marie @ Lemondrop Vintage September 26, 2011 - 4:58 pm

SOOOOOOOOO cute. May try to do it on the toes!
Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

Jessica September 26, 2011 - 5:09 pm

These are awesome. Also, you could do a curve rather than a jagged line and it would be watermelon!

Anzouya September 26, 2011 - 5:15 pm

So cute! I love strawberries! Thanks for the tutorial! 🙂

"your voice sounds like money, and your face is cute." September 26, 2011 - 5:19 pm

love these nails!

The Ponycats September 26, 2011 - 5:31 pm

This is super pretty and easy to do, I love strawberry nails <3
You always have the cutest nails, but I think you know it:p

Hope you have an awesome day cat lady(:

Carmila Ponycat

Alice, Pretty Confused September 26, 2011 - 5:40 pm

This is such an awesome idea, I'm not usually into nail varnish but I would definitely like to try this out! xo

Sarah September 26, 2011 - 5:41 pm

Whenever you paint your nails it just looks so perfect! I tried this some time ago but it didn't turn out half as good. I might just give it another try now 🙂

Morgan September 26, 2011 - 5:51 pm

So adorable! I HAVE to try this soon (:

<3 Morgan

Iris Anastasia September 26, 2011 - 5:55 pm

I love these strawberry-nails, they're sooo cute! I'm gonna give it a try myself (:

oh-mimmi September 26, 2011 - 6:03 pm

eeeeeks … it´s so cute!


Chantelle September 26, 2011 - 6:09 pm

I just painted my nails with a galaxy theme but I defo want these now! xx

cb September 26, 2011 - 6:11 pm

the pinking shears are genius!!!! way to go lady! they turned out super cute! i have so many nails designs i want to try, which one do i try first!

ANGELA September 26, 2011 - 6:25 pm

So beautiful…i'm gonna try it for sure!!!

Manic Minx September 26, 2011 - 6:36 pm

How cute!!! I love this idea, thanks for sharing! 🙂

sécia September 26, 2011 - 7:05 pm

These are super cute.

♥ sécia

marysza September 26, 2011 - 7:11 pm

good idea 🙂 i found it about a year ago on flickr and i was in love. well i'm always in love with colorfull nails! 😀

Angie September 26, 2011 - 7:21 pm

You rock so, so hard! I LOVE THESE!!!

Ainsley September 26, 2011 - 7:54 pm


Amber September 26, 2011 - 9:08 pm

This is a great idea! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

michele September 26, 2011 - 9:23 pm

Adorable! Must try!

Rae Veda September 26, 2011 - 9:31 pm

That is adorable. I love it. This would be perfect for spring. xo, rv

LauraJane September 26, 2011 - 9:42 pm

Oh my goodness these are so perfect! I can't wait to try them out, I need a pair of pinking shears!


Teddi September 26, 2011 - 10:06 pm

those nails are absolutely darling!

H e a t h e r G r e y September 27, 2011 - 12:23 am

I love love love this! Strangely enough, it even makes me want to eat strawberries! 🙂

Kaitlin Mattingly September 27, 2011 - 12:31 am

I'm so trying this at home. they are so cute and fresh if i may say so!

Come Visit Me
xo kait

Milady Leela September 27, 2011 - 12:52 am

Hi Kaylah,
I have done this technique before and I love it. Here is the link on my blog where I posted about it…hope you enjoy.

Mandy September 27, 2011 - 12:55 am

Oh my gosh this is sooo cute!! 🙂

amanda September 27, 2011 - 1:20 am

NO WAY. i must do this! i still have plans to do the teal and grey you posted awhile ago!


Caitlin September 27, 2011 - 1:41 am

Soooo cute! I wish I was better with fun nail designs. I'm always too lazy.

wind September 27, 2011 - 4:05 am

So kawaii!! Love them. Thanks Kaylah

ftashion September 27, 2011 - 6:54 am

This is sooooo cute! You are so creative!

Ash :o)

Tanyaaa September 27, 2011 - 8:50 am

OMG this is crazy! I totally saw a picture of strawberry nails the other day and instantly thought of you so I was going to send it to you. Great minds think alike!

Stef September 27, 2011 - 11:23 am

I've been wondeing how you did these
Pinking shears DOH! Should have worked that out 🙂

Thanks for another great tut!

Sally September 27, 2011 - 12:51 pm

Pinking shears! What a GREAT idea. I was wondering how you'd get that effect : )

I'm going to try this!! THANKS!'


GinaD September 27, 2011 - 1:34 pm

Oh my gosh, we love this! We're so trying it the minute we get some time off! x

Amanda G. September 27, 2011 - 2:08 pm

This is so cute! I will try it as soon as I have purchased all of the supplies!

Monica @ All Things Lovely September 27, 2011 - 2:24 pm


Jen September 27, 2011 - 8:07 pm

This is such a cool idea! Thank you for sharing. They came out adorable. 🙂

Kat September 27, 2011 - 11:49 pm

Ahhhh, how adorable!


lauren September 28, 2011 - 2:58 am

This is sooo cute! you should submit it to have a section called "get yo nails did"

sandra September 28, 2011 - 3:39 pm

so cool!

Courty Biggs October 1, 2011 - 8:48 pm

Those are so cute! I wanna do this!

The heartsles Witch October 4, 2011 - 10:35 pm

Hi ! After having one of your pic on my computer screen.. I discover who you are on the net while somebody tag you on a picture on facebook..

well o well, I found your strawberry nails super cute !! I tried it too but hadn't the right color… anyway, I'm sure I will be better if I try some pumpkin nails !!

you can see my results here and I wrote the url of your blog too !

have an excellent following of life !

Veinteanera November 2, 2011 - 12:24 pm

Lovely!!!!!1 i really love and i going to share on mi blog!!!!!

tRiSh November 7, 2011 - 7:21 pm

this is so awesome & pretty! thanks for sharing!

Missy December 4, 2011 - 2:41 pm

Kaylah – my boyfriend found this little movie when we were looking up Mori Girls one day! I think you will like it.

I also think you could be a Mori Girl!

Sara Funduk February 20, 2012 - 6:22 pm

Oh wow, these nails are AMAZING! Really like your blog too. 🙂

Pretty Things March 11, 2012 - 6:21 pm

again, super cute and on my list to try out also


Grrenadine March 30, 2012 - 9:09 am

Thanks for this cute diy!
I discovered your blog on Pinterest and i really like it.
You're one of my favourite bloggers this week, you can see your post on my blog:

ritka April 12, 2012 - 5:43 am

Adorable :))

Alysa Dela Cruz April 28, 2012 - 2:25 am

Complete and utterly gorge love! 🙂

M e k i May 25, 2012 - 12:49 am

lovely! and doesn't look complicated at all!

Kelly @ Fashion or Fiction May 30, 2012 - 1:08 pm

I finally tried this…well, a watermelon version. I didn't have pinking shears at my disposal.

Kristina Lennon July 25, 2012 - 9:18 pm

Such a great nail tutorial!

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Anonymous October 13, 2012 - 1:32 pm

i love nail art…

chichicho chichicho January 23, 2013 - 2:53 am

that is absolutely adorable!!!!
i need to have strawberry nails now!

Valorie Broderick March 2, 2013 - 3:47 pm

I love this! I saw this on facebook and I tried it and it made my day! Painting your strawberries on my nails was one of my first adventures on my blog about social anxiety. Thank you for brightening my week with these awesome nails!

Lucille Lamotte June 20, 2013 - 10:52 am

I've just done it and it's so cute !!! i really like it 🙂 thanks a lot for this tutorial :3

Meow Opre June 27, 2014 - 4:11 pm

Ohhhhhhh dear! These are such lovely nail art designs! I would love to try them and keep them in one collection so I could check on them back when I want too. Please dear, please allow me to include them on my Pinterest board for nail designs. 🙂 <3 Loving them much 😀 Actually until now I am just still trying the basic nail art and I find people like you so talented to be able to do wonderful stuffs like this 🙂 cheeeeeers!! xoxo!

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