DIY Gel Manicure

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Today I am going to show you how to do a gel manicure at home without the use of a UV light. This gel manicure will last a week or more with no  chipping.  That’s definitely a plus for me since I am constantly typing or doing projects. This way of doing the gel manicure has changed my manicure routine.

Before I found this method I would have to paint my nails every three days because they would start chipping. Now I don’t have to worry about painting my nails as often.

For this DIY gel manicure you will need 3 types of nail polish:

  • Fast drying top coat (Sally Hansen Insta-dry is my favorite one)
  • Gel coat – (Gelous Advanced Gel Nail Coat)
  • Nail Polish Color

 

The process for this gel manicure is fairly simple with just five steps. With a little bit of patience and time this gel manicure is worth it. Make sure that your nails are clean and even before beginning.

 

Step One: Apply a thin coat of Gelous Nail Gel and let dry for one minute.

Step Two: Apply a thin coat of nail polish and let dry for three minutes.

Step Three: Apply another thin coat of the Gelous gel and let dry for one minute.

Step Four: Apply a second thin coat of nail polish and let dry for three minutes.

Step Five: Apply your top coat and let dry for one minute.

 

Tip: With each gel coat I make sure to seal the ends of my nail polish color. To accomplish this I just drag the tip of the brush across the tip of my nail.

Here is what my most recent gel manicure looks like. I am four days in with this manicure and I still have no chipping. If you try this method let me know how it works for you.

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Happy Crafting,

Chineka

 

DIY Spring Wreath

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I wanted to add a DIY section to the blog, since I do a lot of these projects in my spare time. I like making things. If I see something on Pinterest or in a home decorating store that I can make myself then I find a way to make it. Today I am going to show you how to make your own Spring Wreath. These come in many variations, but I chose a simple spring floral theme with monogram.

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Supplies Needed:

  • Grapevine wreath
  • Mongogram Letter
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Artificial Flowers
  • Burlap Ribbon
  • Glue gun (not pictured)
  • Wire cutter/Garden shears (not pictured)

 

All of these items were purchased at my local craft store (minus the glue gun) for under $25 with the use of coupons and catching a lot of the supplies already on sale.

 

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The first thing that you want to do is to take your monogrammed letter and paint it with the acrylic paint color of your choice. I chose the color turquoise, since I thought it would look best with my chosen color scheme. By doing this first this will allow ample time for the paint to dry. I used a small paint brush to get in between the little corners.

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Next you will want to use your wire cutter/gardening shears to separate the flowers from their stems. Then you will arrange the flowers on the wreath as you want them to be.

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Take the burlap ribbon and make a bow out of it. This can be easily found how to do online and can be done with some patience. Now it is time to assemble your wreath.

 

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Using the glue gun while being careful, glue the flowers, burlap bow, and monogram in place. Make sure that the monogram is  dry.

Congratulations! Your wreath is now complete.

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Here are some closeups of the monogram and burlap bow. I hope that you have enjoyed this DIY post. If you make a Spring wreath let me know.

 

Happy Crafting,

Chineka