Nail Polish Seashells

Nail Polish Seashells

Nail Polish Dipped Marbled Seashells make for wonderful gifts

What you need

● Medium bowl of lukewarm water
● Seashells in all shapes and sizes
● Tweezers (I used a large plastic pair from the Dollar Tree, but any
tweezers could be used, or even a pair of tongs)
● 6-8 cotton swab sticks
● 4-6 toothpicks
● Paper towels
● Scrap piece of foam board, or plate covered in wax paper
● Nail polish in varying colors


1. Make sure you are working in a very well ventilated area. The nail polish has a very strong scent, so it’s best to do this project outside, or with the windows open.

2. Start by filling a medium bowl with lukewarm water. If the water is too cold, the nail polish won’t spread easily.

3. Open the lid to each nail polish you will be using. The nail polish dries on the surface of the water very quickly, so it’s important to work as fast as possible, and having the nail polish open helps speed up the process.

4. Starting with your first bottle of nail polish, hold the brush as close to the water as possible, and shake gently until the nail polish drips on the surface. If you drop the polish from too far above, it will sink to the bottom. Add additional colors to the water, and then using a toothpick,
lightly swirl the colors together.

5. Remember the nail polish will dry rather quickly, so as soon as you finish swirling, hold the seashell with tweezers, dip into the water, then
remove and place on the foam board to dry.

6. I was able to dip 1-2 seashells at a time before the nail polish dried on the surface of the water. Once you have dipped the seashells, use a toothpick or cotton swab stick to swirl the remaining nail polish off the surface, and discard on a paper towel.

7. Repeat the process of dripping nail polish on the surface of the water, and dipping each seashell. You will also have to repeat the process of
cleaning the excess off the surface with a toothpick or cotton swab stick.

8. Once all seashells have been dipped in the nail polish, leave them on the foam board until they are completely dry. Once dry, they are ready to be enjoyed as decoration.


  1. Jude Browne says

    Love this idea! I have loads of half used nail polishes so this is a brilliant way to use them up!

  2. My nieces mermaid Bday is around the corner love these ideas for crafts my daughter and I can make as gifts! Thank You very easy to follow instructions with great tips!

  3. Iona Willis says

    Wonderful idea. Will try it out with a seniors craft group I am involved with,

  4. bonniepettyjohn says

    Loved this idea! I run an after-school crafting club for teens, and we made fingernail dipped Christmas ornaments last year. When I saw this idea, I thought of using white tiles to make fingernail polish dipped coasters. The kids had a blast! They told me it was the most fun they had in Craft Club-ever! Thanks for the idea-

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