DIY Floral Nail Art

by Caroline Burke

Floral nail art is incredibly popular and there are dozens of designs to choose between! From daisies to sunflowers, you can pick a style for any occasion. I'm going to show you how to create a classic vintage rose design that's simple to create — even for beginners! It's perfect to wear for a wedding, a garden party or even everyday.

Items you will need

  • Nude nail polish
  • A selection of pink, yellow, orange and green nail polishes
  • Clear top coat
Step 1

Paint your nails with a base color, I've opted for a nude shade, but you can use any shade you like.

Step 2

To begin the first rose, apply a rough circle of pink nail polish.

Step 3

To add the rose petals, lightly apply some light pink polish over the darker pink circle you just created. Use the tip of a nail polish brush for this, but first remove any excess polish from the the brush; the petals look more natural if the brush is a little dry.

Step 4

To add more definition to the petals, add a few light strokes of dark pink polish around the edges. Repeat until you have a pink rose on each nail. This design is romantic and abstract, so the roses don't need to be perfect!

Step 5

For contrast, I like to paint a yellow-colored rose on each nail, too. To do this begin with an orange circle, then build up strokes of pale yellow petals to finish.

Step 6

To finish the design, add some leaves. Dab some green nail polish either side of the roses.

Step 7

Don't forget to seal the design with a swipe of top coat to prevent any chips.

This design looks equally pretty painted over a dark base color, and you can even change up the colors of the roses, too!

About the Author

Caroline Burke is the founder of the DIY and craft blog burkatron. Burke's creative passion started at school when she began to experiment with painting and textiles. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in fine arts from Central Saint Martins she began creating contemporary DIY projects influenced by her love of modern interiors and minimal design.