If you are heading to a fun event, dress up your nails with these Washi Sheet Temporary Nails made with a Cricut Explore Air. This post contains affiliate links.
Last year, I tried a popular nail decal brand. I spent way too much time applying them, and they barely lasted a day. I’m sure that I was doing something incorrectly, but for the amount of money that they were, I couldn’t see purchasing them anymore. Then I started playing around with Cricut Washi Sheets on different projects. I adored the patterns and thought, “Wouldn’t these be super cute as nail art?” I had a fun event to go to a few weeks ago, and I decided to give it a try!
Disclaimer: There’s a reason that the word “TEMPORARY” is in the title of this project. Washi sheets are made from paper, and they do not stay on nails for long. However, they are great for an evening out or attending a wedding, etc. My washi sheet nails lasted for a day. I used gloves for washing dishes and hand sanitizer to clean my hands until the event that I had to go to was over. As soon as hands are immersed in water, the washi sheet paper will start to come loose around the nail edges. You’ve been warned!
- Cricut Explore Air or Cricut Explore Air 2
- Cricut Standard Grip Cutting Mat
- Cricut Washi Sheet
- Small cuticle/nail scissors
- Rubbing alcohol
- Wooden manicure stick
- Heavy duty top coat
Open Cricut Design Space. Create enough small rectangles, one for each nail. Alternatively, there is a “Nail Art” file that you can purchase from Cricut Images. I wanted to use it, but the day that I was working on this project, the site was quirky and it wouldn’t take my credit card. I created small rectangles instead. In the Design Space photo below, I created one for each nail and then doubled it when cutting. In the photo below, these rectangles actually turned out to be a bit too large, but I was trying to eyeball the size. For accuracy, do a quick measurement of each nail and create the rectangles based on this measurement.
Cut the rectangles from the washi sheets.
Clean the nail with rubbing alcohol and let dry thoroughly.
Apply the washi rectangle. Use the cuticle/nail scissors to trim away any excess. Trim the washi piece to just inside the nail bed. The washi piece will stick better if it is not right up against the skin. Use the wooden manicure stick to carefully press the washi pieces down without tearing them.
Apply several thick clear top coats over the washi pieces.
Maybe a temporary washi sheet manicure isn’t your thing. Have you ever wondered what other DIY projects that you can make with a Cricut?
Here is a small sampling of project ideas that are easy to make with the Cricut!
- Personalized shirts (pillows, canvas bags, basically anything with fabric) with heat transfer vinyl
- Home decor signs
- Faux leather jewelry
- Holiday classroom treats
- Greeting cards and birthday cards/invitations
- Coloring sheets
- Photo magnets
- Faux leather tassels
- Monogram items
- Personalized labels
- Window clings
- Wedding day projects
- Paper flowers for decor and wreaths
- Personalized mugs
- Wall quotes
- Personalized photo frames
- Nail art
- And so much more!
What would you add to the list of DIY projects that you’ve made with your Cricut?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.
I’ve seen lots of projects using Cricut but did not expect temporary nails would be one of them! That is so cool.
Kim Lee says
Good idea, my daughter would love this!
Erica Schwarz says
This is sure creative! Love the colors too.
What a fun idea! I will have to give this a try!!
This is such a good idea! I have never thought to use my Cricut this way, I always love the nail art look but can never do it myself. This I can do!
Karen Mathis says
❤ thank you for sharing all your awesome ideas..
Thank YOU for reading and following along!!
Have you tried them with Vinyl? I wonder if they would stick better?
They probably would stick better. They would be similar to an, ahem, popular vinyl nail brand then. lol I wanted to try the washi sheets because I was in love with the patterns. I was disappointed that they did not stay longer, but the vinyl probably would. I may try that next!
Ashley N says
I love this list of ideas! Especially with links on how to do them 😀
Love DYI projects especially given you can customize it