DIY Fake Nails: Beverage Can Nails




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!

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Step 1: Get Your Stuff!

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!

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

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!

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

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

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!

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.



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63 Discussions


2 years ago

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


3 years ago

Nice work!


3 years ago

Thats so cool!


3 years ago

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.


3 years ago on Step 7

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?

1 reply

Reply 3 years ago

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 :)


4 years ago

What kind of glue did u use

Sandra 26

4 years ago

How do you cut them 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! :)


5 years ago

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


5 years ago on Introduction

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


6 years ago

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.


6 years ago

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


6 years ago on Step 7

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!