Craft & Cocktail Night: DIY Nail Polish

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As mentioned in last week’s weekly wrap up, I’m going to be doing Craft & Cocktail Night about every other week with friends and acquaintances this summer. The first of such nights was this past Saturday when we made DIY nail polish!

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

I had been wanting to try this project for a while but had kept putting it off. So I finally took the plunge, bought the supplies and my friends and I all made DIY nail polish together.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

Creating custom nail polish makes a wonderful DIY for a Craft & Cocktail Night as it’s actually a really easy project to do. This way everyone can have fun and catch up with friends – as well as make new ones! – without having to worry about making mistakes with a project and going home disappointed.

Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

To start off our DIY nail polish Craft & Cocktail Night, we first settled in with a cheese board I threw together and cocktails comprised of vodka and Belvoir Fruit Farms Elderflower and Rose Lemonade. (These are SO good. I buy my Elderflower and Rose Lemonade from The Fresh Market. You can mix it with either vodka or gin as strong as 1 part vodka to 1 part lemonade and it’s delish!)

After everyone was comfortable and we’d chatted for a bit we dove into making our own DIY nail polish.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

I purchased my supplies for this DIY nail polish project from Brambleberry. You’ll need their suspending nail polish base and nail polish mixing balls for this project, along with mica pigment powders to color your polish and solvent resistant or nail polish glitter, tiny 18mm funnels, mini .15cc scoops and nail polish containers of your choice. Toothpicks also come in handy. (If you don’t want to buy everything individually, Brambleberry also sells kits.)

I also bought some cute little decorative bags from my local craft supply store for everyone to take their completed projects home in. Once, you’ve gathered all of the materials needed for your DIY nail polish, you’re ready to begin!

DIY Nail Polish

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

To make your own DIY nail polish, you’ll begin by carefully pouring the suspending nail polish base into the nail polish bottle. We tried using a funnel for this but the funnel opening is too small to really get the nail polish base into the jar. This does take a little bit of patience.

Fill your nail polish bottle about 3/4 of the way full with the suspending nail polish base. Once you’ve added the base, drop 2-3 nail polish mixing balls to the nail polish container.

(As a side note, be sure to do this on a dedicated craft table or with a placemat underneath your work surface. The first time I made this some of the nail polish base spilled onto the tablecloth and went through to the table, taking the paint off.)

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

Next, using a funnel, add mica pigment powder in your color(s) of choice to the bottle. I recommend 4-5 of the mini scoops for an opaque color. Or use less for a sheer color.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

Tap the funnel into the nail polish jar to fill it. You can use a toothpick to help push more of the color into the jar if the funnel gets clogged.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

If desired, you can also add glitter to your custom DIY nail polish. We found using a small scoop for the glitter worked best and omitted the use of a funnel for this step.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

Once you’ve added the color and glitter, add the brush and lid to your nail polish container.

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Shake well then test out your new nail polish on a finger. If desired, you can add additional mica and/or glitter to suit.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

Be sure to keep track of the mica color(s) and the number of scoops you use for your nail polish in a notebook or an a piece of paper so you can recreate it later.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

Once you’ve achieved your perfect nail polish color, you can decorate your nail polish bottles.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

We used washi tape to decorate our nail polish bottles but paint pens work great too.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

And that was it! Our new DIY nail polish was ready to rock!

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

We had a LOT of fun with this project and were each able to make more than one nail polish.

Craft & Cocktail Night with Friends! Throw your own awesome DIY craft & cocktail night party and learn how to make DIY nail polish! Plus don't forget to break out a card game - we played Exploding Kittens - a cheese tray and the cocktails!

Afterwards, as there was still loads of time left in the evening, we broke out the card game, Exploding Kittens. None of us had ever played before so Bambi, who loves games, took the lead and read the rules. She also kept us straight when got confused.

Craft & Cocktail Night with Friends! Throw your own awesome DIY craft & cocktail night party and learn how to make DIY nail polish! Plus don't forget to break out a card game - we played Exploding Kittens - a cheese tray and the cocktails!

Cathy got a kick out of the card instructions. (I’d purchased the NSFW version.)

Craft & Cocktail Night with Friends! Throw your own awesome DIY craft & cocktail night party and learn how to make DIY nail polish! Plus don't forget to break out a card game - we played Exploding Kittens - a cheese tray and the cocktails!

Once we’d played our first game of Exploding Kittens, we played a second with the first expansion pack, Imploding Kittens.

Craft & Cocktail Night with Friends! Throw your own awesome DIY craft & cocktail night party and learn how to make DIY nail polish! Plus don't forget to break out a card game - we played Exploding Kittens - a cheese tray and the cocktails!

Cathy rocked the cone of shame as she was already wearing her kitty ears! She is always such fun and a great sport about everything!

Anyhow, I hope you enjoyed this super easy DIY nail polish tutorial as well as a peek into my first Craft & Cocktail Night of the summer! If you’ve thrown your own Craft & Cocktail Night, I’d love to hear what you did. So be sure to give me the skinny in the comments!

For more entertaining and party ideas, be sure to visit my Party Ideas board on Pinterest. You can also find some great cocktail recipes on my Cocktail Hour Pinterest board.

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About Rebecca D. Dillon

Rebecca Dawn Dillon is a soapmaker, DIY-er and blogger whose life is controlled daily by a dachshund. You can find more of her natural skin care recipes at The Nourished Life blog as well as right here on Soap Deli News. Or learn more about Rebecca through her new blog at Becca Ink.

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