Recycling a common 'throw away" item to create nail art

Friday, July 11, 2014

I have a different type of post for you today. I want to talk about recycling something that most everyone just throws away and using it for nail art. 

I have used these for a while now and I wouldn't be without one for my polish table. What is this item, you ask? 

It's simply the lids from those plastic butter, sour cream, etc., tubs. They make amazing palettes for acrylic paint or polish. They can be used over and over as the polish or paint just peels right off. I used to use paper; but these make a huge difference. Need to thin your paint? Add water and don't worry about it leaking through or making a mess. 

They are also fantastic to use for making those DIY nail decals like the butterflies I made in this post.
Before the lids, I used ziplock bags, but the slightest wrinkle in the bag can affect the outcome of the decal.

If you haven't used these, what are you waiting for? 

What's your common household item you use for nail art? I would love to hear your ideas and tips.


  1. So smart!!! I have one in the kitchen! Won't be throwing that away!!!!

  2. This recycle idea is fantabulous. I'm always looking for ways to use my plastic bowls and lids

  3. This recycle idea is fantabulous. I'm always looking for ways to use my plastic bowls and lids

  4. good idea and i will have to start doing this. thanks!! :)

  5. I use these too, they're wonderful! Awesome butterflies! :D

  6. I like to use old magazines or advertisement/sale adds from the mail to stamp/scrape on. Lots of clean pages to use!

  7. Great post! Funny how everything changes into useful nail art tools.

  8. WOW! That is so useful! I have trouble using zip lock covers for decals. I hope these work well ! Will definitely give a try!

  9. I couldn't get the baggies to work for me, either. I've been saving these kinds of lids for polish mixing and nail art but never thought to try them for this idea. This is awesome. Thank you for sharing.

  10. I keep all the lids from my cotton bud tubs for palette's, but I haven't tried doing decals on them yet. Thanks for the tip! :D x

  11. I already use these too, and wax paper too and shot glasses for my water when using acrylic paint. Great idea to share this!


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