How to Do Flower Nail Designs at Home

by Lindsey Robinson Sanchez
A steady hand and a few drops of polish yield flowery digits.

A steady hand and a few drops of polish yield flowery digits.

While a day at the spa for a mani-pedi can be a welcome respite from a long week, sometimes it's more fun to whip out your polishes and do your nails at home. Flower designs on your nails may look time-consuming, but with a little practice and patience, you can have a custom manicure in your favorite colors. A little homespun nail art also shows off your creative side -- multiplied on all 10 fingers or toes. After you master the basic flower, play around with details, colors and extra designs.

Paint your nails a single solid color that contrasts with the flower color to make your design pop. Red on black, hot pink on white, or pink on blue are all combinations that result in flowers that pop. Allow the base to dry completely.

Use a toothpick or a nail dotter tool to dab five small dots of polish on your nail in a star or circle shape, using the color you chose for the petals of the flower. Allow to dry completely.

Dab a small dot in the middle of the circle of petals to represent the flower's center using a light or contrasting polish color. Make the dot large enough to touch the petals or leave a little space between the center dot and the petal dots.

Add a dot of green polish on each side of the finished flower to create leaves. Drag the toothpick or dotter lightly in the polish to create a point on the end of each leaf.

Allow your nails time to dry completely and then finish with a clear coat of polish. If necessary, use two or three thin coats to make the surface of your nails even, shiny and chip resistant.

Items you will need

  • Base color nail polish
  • Nail polish for petals
  • Nail polish for flower center
  • Green polish
  • Toothpick or dotter
  • Clear polish


  • Use a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover to clean up any spots or smudges around your cuticles.
  • Paint several flowers on each fingernail, a single flower on your ring finger for an accent nail, or a small flower on your big toe to jazz up a pedicure.

About the Author

Lindsey Robinson Sanchez, from Bessemer, Ala., has written for the "Troy Messenger," "The Alabama Baptist" and "The Gainesville Times," where her work was featured on the AP wire. She has a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Florida. She writes style, beauty, fitness, travel and culture.

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