Introduction: Rainbow Nail Polish Paper Experiment and Craft

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Here is a simple and easy tutorial with stunning results. Made with basic supplies that can be bought very inexpensively, these beautiful rainbow papers have many applications. They can be applied to handmade cards, used as bookmarks or as gift tags. Alright, let’s talk about the few supplies you will need to create this project!


A bowl or container - deep enough for your paper to be submerged into when filled with water
Clear nail polish (I purchased mine at a dollar store for a dollar)
Sturdy black paper

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

Gather all of your supplies together at a sturdy table, desk, or other flat workspace. Fill your bowl or container with water and cut your black paper into the size you need for your project.

Step 2: Prepare the Nail Polish

Drip one or two drips of the clear nail polish to the water. Allow the nail polish to spread out on the surface of the water. It is hard to see in the picture, but the polish should form a film on the surface of the water

Step 3: Dip Your Paper

Quickly dip your paper into the water before the polish has time to dry and form a skin (about 20 seconds). The paper will look metallic and shiny in the water.

Step 4: Some Final Words

Experiment with how quickly you dip the paper and how fast you pull it back out. Try letting the nail polish dry a little on the water before you dip your paper and see what you think. Different brands of polish may have different results on the final paper. Try colored paper, or different thicknesses of paper. Just have fun and be creative!

Step 5: Allow to Dry

Once dry, admire your unique work of art! That is all there is to it! Wasn’t that simple? Have fun!

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