Introduction: DIY Fake Nails: Beverage Can Nails

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Have you ever loved a drink so much that you wanted to show it on your nails?
Anyways I'll show you how to get this awesome nails so you can go and show them off at that party tonight. Believe it or not some cans have really cool designs that look stunning on your fingers (:
And the best part: you only need a can,some scissors and half hour to do them!

Step 1: Get Your Stuff!

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Find your scissors.
Now run to the corner store and get a nice pretty can. I really like Arizona tea cans.. specially the checkered ones, such as the raspberry or the half&half kind.
In this case I grabbed some Heineken I had in the fridge.. they have a nice texture too (:
Don't forget to empty the can and rinse it with water.

Optional: Xacto knife or cutter to help with cutting through the can.

Step 2: Cut, Cut, Cut!

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Be careful with this step, the can will be sharp and you can cut yourself. Ask for help if you need it, okay?
Remove the top and the bottom of the can and discard them.. or use them in another project (:
Now flatten the sheet of aluminum with the corner of a table.. this is optional but I find it easier working with a nice flat sheet.
Also I recommend removing the ugly edges to avoid accidents.

Step 3: Pick Your Design

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Decide what part of the can you want on you nail or nails. I find it easier to cut a strip wide enough to be the length of the final nail and then cut it to little pieces that fit the width of my nail (if you find this confusing, look at the pictures).
You don't necessarily need to cut it in big strips, you can pick a random nice part (for example the red star) and make a nail from that. Just make sure that it is big enough to fit your nail.

Step 4: Bend It!

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Now that you have your little soon-to-be-nail piece bend it a little with the edge of a table (as illustrated) to give it some curvature so they fit better on your nail.
Be sure to test if it fits nicely and correct the curvature according to your nail.

Step 5: Shape It So It Fits

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Shape the bottom and sides of the fake nail so it fits yours.
Firstly remove the sharp corners. Place it on your nail and cut it accordingly.
Cut little by little and check constantly if it fits.

Step 6: Cut It to the Appropriate Length

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Cut it so its just a little longer than you want it to be and shape it so it looks good. This is matter of personal preference.
Once you've done this.. you are done!
Now do the same for the rest of your nails (:
You'll get better with every nail and do it faster every time.

Step 7: Show Off!

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Use some special glue for fake nails to glue them and you're done!
Go ahead, take pictures, post them here, on Facebook, show them off to your friends, go to a party, school, go and get some groceries just to show them off.

Try lots and lots of cans and save the barcodes! They make awesome nails.
Have fun! :D

PS. You can coat them with a clear nail polish to protect them from scratches.

And please leave a comment with any idea, question or pictures that you might have.
By the way.. this is my first instructable, so any comments regarding the instructions and explanation are really appreciated.


cjlindquist2004 (author)2017-01-25

I going to make this soon. I really like this idea. How did you come up with it?

MiraR7 made it! (author)2016-09-14

This is gorgeous!

I also write about it. check please: Grow Nails Fast

HarleyG6 (author)2016-03-08

Nice work!

abramale (author)2016-02-29

Thats so cool!

HitishaS (author)2016-02-22

Really awesome way for fast fake nails when you don't have any.

I have used it a couple of times, & each time it has given me flawless nails.

Thank You.

erican1 (author)2015-09-05

Can I file them down and round them off a bit with a regular nail file?? Or do

I have to get some kind of special metal sandpaper?

czajac (author)erican12016-01-08

Emery paper would work best, as the metal would likely damage your nail file. You can purchase emery paper/cloth at your local hardware store in the sanding section or painting section :)

TheCrafter101 (author)2016-01-07

Really cool!!!!!!

EmmaM15 (author)2015-09-15

really kl

precious2004 (author)2015-04-22

What kind of glue did u use

Lady Microfleegie II (author)2015-04-19

This looks cool and all but one good bump at the wrong angle and those things can...hurt you..


Teya sparkle (author)2015-01-17

Thanks, it's awesome

Sandra 26 (author)2015-01-04

How do you cut them lol

Bstarlover18 (author)2014-09-20

but wait once you've applied them how can you remove them? (i used superglue) im scared!!!! lol

Heres a quick tip for the future, never use super glue on your nails. Its extrememly damaging, and hard to remove. But if you haven't gotten them off yet, soak your nails in a small container with 100% acetone for a while, then it should come off. Next time, I recommend either nail glue, or a gel nail polish. Hope this helps! :)

pfisk3 (author)2014-07-31

thank you so much for this! it's an awesome look and so easy to do!!

chubler (author)2014-04-17

Awesome looking yes but won't you cut yourself.?

iamKENZiE (author)2013-08-11

This is extremely hard and the edges of the nail did not stick easily even with super glue. Maybe some cans are thicker than others. I used a monster can.

sabu.dawdy (author)2013-06-28


hatter42 (author)2013-04-21

I just did these with a green tea Arizona can and they turned out amazing! Thank you so much for the tutorial.

ladylissa (author)2012-12-15

I think embed mine into a bit of clear acrylic or gel for added strength and for my husbands safety! lol Awesome idea! Thanks for the tutorial!

ladylissa (author)ladylissa2012-12-15

If I do, I will post the results on my blog! I will give you credit for the idea too!

elimasmx (author)ladylissa2013-02-22

Glad you liked them! Clear acrylic is a really good idea as the nails get damaged fairly easy. Thanks!

Whitefield (author)2012-12-29

can it be removed by acetone or do i need to put on some special type of glue?

Tomahawk92 (author)2012-10-21

So i'm a guy and will probably never do this....... But this is awesome..... really lol idk why, but i love it lol

MellieJLove (author)2012-07-28

Could you use nail glue to keep them on?

MellieJLove (author)MellieJLove2012-07-28

Sorry, I only saw special glue. Sometimes I read too fast and skip things.

elimasmx (author)MellieJLove2012-10-03

Nail glue is all good (:

iOskr (author)2012-07-17

Ohhhh really great work!!! I like it... Now you need a heineken earrings as such :

elimasmx (author)iOskr2012-10-03

Yes! They would look nice.

IRISHIZ (author)2012-04-27


Aluminum is soft, how durable
are they?

Its a cure for nailbiters & nose
pickers too :)

sabu.dawdy (author)2012-01-08

really very clever .. lolxx... well i am new in this nail art field .. but i must say.. this was an awsomeee instructable

elimasmx (author)sabu.dawdy2012-02-29

Thank you!

paqrat (author)2011-11-02

Clever idea and very good instructable. Clear instructions and good photos. I think you did your first instructable quite well .

elimasmx (author)paqrat2012-02-29

Thanks, I really appreciate it (:

Shapes99 (author)paqrat2011-12-20


themadjeweler (author)2011-12-19

THIS IS SO COOL. PERIOD. but yours turned out so GOOD and when i tried it was an epic fail. i can post a pic but it turned out really badly. oh well, it looks g0od on you! :)

elimasmx (author)themadjeweler2012-02-29

Keep trying! I'm sure you'll be able to do it (:

Crucio (author)2011-11-02

Wow, they came out fantastically! I'm going to make my next gf try that. :p

elimasmx (author)Crucio2012-02-29

Oh yes, and tell her to scratch your head with those. It feels awesome!

Lt. Duct Tape (author)2011-11-19

Anybody see the potential here? "Holy Coke-nails, Batman!"

elimasmx (author)Lt. Duct Tape2012-02-29


Shapes99 (author)2011-12-20

That is a very clever idea, i don't like the look of my short nails. They keep peeling so i try to hide them. Thanks for the idea i might try them sometime soon.

Ubastank (author)2011-12-16

I absolutely love these, nobody in my house is a big drinker though, so now i need to find a can....
Great instructable ;)

Miscelinious (author)2011-10-24

Awesome!!! Does your cuticle ever get rubbed excessively or cut, being near the tin/aluminum?

elimasmx (author)Miscelinious2011-10-25

I've never had that problem, maybe because I don't use them for a long time.
I don't really like using fake nails in general and I usually wear my nails short. SO yeah, the max I have worn these nails is for a day.
Anyways I don't think that getting your cuticles damaged would be a problem unless you wear them for a long time.

Thanks for your comment! (:

klimb (author)2011-10-20

Will cutting them be enough to remove any sharp edges or would filing be a little helpful? Great Idea!

elimasmx (author)klimb2011-10-22

If you feel that they are a little too sharp you can use some sand paper to smooth out the edges, but I don't really find it necessary.
Thanks for your comment (:

80$man (author)2011-10-20

Good work! very nice use of the beer can's curvature!

PS. I would like to know the typical thickness of american beer/soda cans wall thickness? I know SAB/Milleris the 2nd largest brewary worldwide and would like or compare their cans to international ones (a little side project...). Any replies welcome!

elimasmx (author)80$man2011-10-20

Well, I've noticed that Coca-Cola cans are thinner than most of other cans.. also the nails made from the coke cans tend to bend and deform faster.

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