Sunday, 8 May 2016

Easy Caterpillar Nail Art

Here is a easy nail art tutorial for you, this simply uses one dotting tool and a tiny little paintbrush. If you don't have a dotting tool it is possible to use the end of a grip for bigger dots and a paintbrush for smaller ones.

Following on from the animal theme, this tutorial is for this little caterpillar.

For this design I started with a white basecoat, as a few of the green polishes I picked out were a little thin, so having a simple white background behind would help boost the colour.

I next then took a few fimo fruit shapes and cut a chunk out of them to make it appear like they had been eaten. This took a little more work then I thought it would as I was using metal cuticle pusher to cut through the fimo. I think this would have been a lot easier with nail scissors or clippers. When cutting the fimo piece be careful not to create a piece that is too thin as it's likely to break apart. I found in my stash an apple and a melon and placed these onto my nail with a tiny bit of nail glue.

I then set about creating the caterpillar's head on my middle finger. I did this by using a larger dotting tool to create an oval shape of red polish, and going back on top of that with a white and black dot to create an eye. I then created an antenna for the caterpillar by creating two short lines out of the top of it's head and placing a yellow dot on the top of each of these lines.

Now for the fun part, the caterpillar's body. Here I used the larger dotting tool to create oval shapes building up the body. After each dot I would clean off the dotting tool to ensure I could go to any other green shade. I also tried to avoid creating a pattern as I felt doing it this way would create a more organic look. As a little extra touch as the body ended I created a little tail by putting two more smaller dots in a diagonal away from the caterpillar's body.

Then using a black polish I went along the end of the body and placed a little dot at the bottom of every 3 (or so) body segments.

And that's it, I then went over the design with a top coat, making sure I got it around the edges of the fimo shape to try and hold them on for as long as possible.


  1. Awwww...this is soooo cute!!! Cute design and color combos. Great job!!!